It’s the little thief Procrastination.
Procrastination is the pick pocket that takes away our time without a notice. It pushes a task that needs to be done now to the next minute and the next and the vision fades until its no more. Of course, in the beginning, no one would identify it as Procrastination but as a ‘reasonable’ excuse to push the ‘need to be done now’ till the morrow that never comes.
The English Dictionary defines Procrastination as the act of postponing, delaying or putting off, especially habitually orintentionally.
Dr Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D (a psychologist at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders) gives reasons why we procrastinate being thus;
1) The Task At Hand is not urgent
2) Afraid Of Failure
3) Not knowing how or when to start a particular thing especially if it’s new
5) Working Better Under Pressure
All these under listed reasons points out the causes of why humans procrastinate. But then again, be that as it may, although it is written in psychologytoday.com that procrastination is a universal thing, it shouldn’t be allowed to seduce our time away. It should be curbed and avoided so that things that needs to be done be done.
A search on how to stop procrastination will bring vast number of dos and don’ts.
However the most important thing and the only way to curb procrastination is self discpline
It may seem pleasing to the eyes and be as soothing as balm to the ears, but it’s a hard task for the hands. Dr E.W.Price once remarked, “sow a thought reap an act, sow an act reap a habit, sow a habit reap a character, sow a character, reap a destiny.”
It therefore flows from the foregoing that the resolution to stop procrastination starts from the mind and requires an everyday attitude towards avoiding that little unnoticeable pickpocket.
From the biblical aspect, Hebrews 12:11 admonishes, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Again, Proverbs 10:4 makes it more clear, “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” Once self discipline becomes an habit, envision the whole picture of which the task at hand is a part of, and this will further strengthen the motive to move past procrastination.
In conclusion, the parting words for this article will be tapped from Dr Ellen’s words, “if you want to stop procrastinating, look at the big picture, know it’s okay to be dazed and confused at the beginning, remember your worth goes beyond your achievements, and, most of all, know thyself…”
Author: Bassey Bassey
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