There’s an old adage that tells us, “Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” I couldn’t agree more. Procrastinating only serves to hurt you. That’s what I share with you in this episode of my Cash Flow Diary podcast.
There are lots of reasons to move tasks from your to-do list to your to-done list. (And, yes, I believe in to-do lists.) One reason is simple; it makes you feel great knowing you took care of business. You didn’t put the to-do’s off; now they’re done and scratched off your list. (I talk about this in this episode, but because it is really important, I also talk about it in my book.)
The bigger reason to stop procrastinating is that it’s a bad habit that holds you back from success. Literally. I’m not the only one who thinks so. I found an interesting article in Psychology Today in which you’ll learn that procrastinators sabotage themselves. Here’s the link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200308/procrastination-ten-things-know
This article breaks down the types of procrastinators and gives reasons for the “maladaptive” behavior. That’s a fancy way of saying BAD HABIT.
If you procrastinate, you are sending the world a big message. Not a good one.
Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to help yourself stop being a procrastinator. For example, you can track your time in 15-minute increments. You can break your larger tasks up into bite-sized nuggets. You can change your scenery. (There’s a reason I choose to make a nearby Starbucks and the busiest malls my office!)
Here’s the deal… You can cut back on distractions and force yourself into a corner where success is the only outcome. It starts by taking action at the speed of instruction and then continuing to take steps without putting tasks off.
If you find that hard to do, it might be that your bad habit is being supported by likeminded pals. Maybe it’s time to change the types of people you hang out with. Another old adage says, “Birds of a feather flock together.” Hey, it’s true.
If you surround yourself with motivated non-procrastinators that’s gonna be a whole lot better for you in the long run than if you surround yourself with I’ll-do-it-tomorrow types. While you’re at it, get a few accountability partners. They’ll help keep you on track. (But it’s still all up to you to get to your goals.)
Be clear on your goals, too. Stop overthinking things. They aren’t as complicated as you are your inner voice of fear and negativity make them out to be! If you want to learn more about the negative self-talk, go back and listen to the previous episodes in this 8 Things to Give Up podcast series.
The bottom line is that we can be our own worst enemies. When it comes to achieving the success we desire, we can get in our own way. The good news is that we can step out of our own way, too, and we can totally change our bad habits. That’s another thing I talk about in this special episode. Don’t put off listening to it. LISTEN NOW.