Procrastination the thief of time. Procrastination is the act of willfully or intentionally putting off or delaying the doing of something that should be done.
I call it “THE THIEF OF TIME” because it takes away one’s ability to fight for the future. It usually occurs, because you don’t want to do it, or as a result of you been you lazy, etc.
To some people, it is a habitual way of handling any task. When procrastination becomes a habit, it will give birth to low self-esteem.
Because the word “Procrastination” has never won a race, received a price, or a promotion or changed the outcome of any situation.
Sometimes when one friend overtakes the other in life’s pursuit, a closer look will reveal the rope of procrastination pulling the other backward.
A procrastinator will keep on putting off what he should have done until the rule of the game changes.
Procrastination is the result of laziness, And the most dangerous about it is that God hates it, and it’s a killer of destiny.
It’s true the word “procrastination” itself is not found in the Bible, but we can find some principles in the Bible to help guide us.
1. The book of Proverbs 12:24 stated it clear that the hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
2. The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. PROVERBS 13:4
3. The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain. PROVERBS 15:19.
4. He also that is slothful in his work is the brother to him that is a great waster. PROVERBS 18:9.
According to these verses, we read the Bible commends hard work and industry and warns against sloth and slackness.
One cure for procrastination is to be more diligent, regardless of the task. The Christians should be supremely motivated to be diligent in all they do.
The book of Colossians 3:23. Says Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men”.
If we put our hearts into our work, as this verse says to do, we will probably find it difficult to procrastinate in life.
We are all guilty of procrastinating at some point or the other; no one is a stranger to it. Some of us might be lucky enough to identify it in time and run away from it.
Unfortunately for others, they were not able to discover the danger in procrastination in time and today it has dealt with them seriously.
Because it knows how to steal dreams and can even destroy lives. Reasons, why people procrastinate, varies from person to person and are not always obvious.
Most time it is a hidden fear that we don’t want to acknowledge, or it could even be as simple as not wanting to do something because it just doesn’t motivate us.
NOTE: In most cases, people may not have good excuses for engaging in needless delays, yet they still postpone what they should have done.
SOME OF THE REASONS WHY PEOPLE PROCRASTINATE:
- Life of indecision
- Lack of responsibility
- Slacking from productive thinking
- Avoidance of failure
- Lack of priority
- External pressure
- Dependency on others etc.
Whatever your reason maybe, if you know you are a procrastinator, please do away with it now because it has far more damaging effects than you may realize.
EIGHT DANGERS AND NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF PROCRASTINATION:
1. It robs one of his precious time.
How will you feel when you imagine the number of years you have to spend in procrastination instead of acting, It’s always a terrible feeling because you can’t turn back the hands of time.
You just have to live with the helpless feeling of regret. Nothing is worse than feeling frustrated at yourself, knowing the situation could have been so different… if only you had taken that first step!
2. It’s a waste of opportunities.
Thinking of the number of opportunities you have wasted because of your failure to take advantage of them when they were there?
You fail to realize that it could have been life-changing opportunities but you missed out. When most opportunities only come around once; you are never guaranteed a second chance.
3. It is the mother of an unproductive life and shattered dreams.
Procrastination seems to come on with full force when we dream or want to achieve or change something. You might have a strong desire to do it.
But you just can’t seem to take the first step forward. “Why is it so hard to go for something that I want so much?” You may have a better answer to that.
You’ll have to explore a little deeper into the resistance. Why we set goals is because we have a deep desire to better our lives in some way.
Uncover the root cause behind your procrastination if it’s preventing you from achieving your goals and dreams, and do away with it.
4. It lands you into poor achievement.
The way you work, or the pattern which you use in working, directly or indirectly affects your results, how much you achieve and how well you perform.
If procrastination is left unchecked, at work it will certainly ruin your career. So don’t ever undermine your own performance unnecessarily.
5. Low self-esteem.
When Procrastination becomes a habit It produces Low self-esteem. Having low self-esteem destroys lives in many ways. Because it affects every aspect of our lives, including our thinking abilities.
Which can attract set back in the pursuit of our destiny? Because we feel less than we should and it leads to self-sabotaging acts.
Low self-esteem will cause you to doubt and question what is wrong with you. You might desperately ask yourself, “Why can’t I just do it?”. It eats away one’s confidence, slowly but surely.
6. It leads you into poor decisions making.
Everyone in life makes decisions based on his/her level of knowledge, actions, and emotion, but our emotions heavily control and influence the decisions we make in every aspect of our lives.
Poor decision making has huge negative effects on our happiness, results, and life at large.
7. Procrastination damages your reputation and integrity.
When you keep saying you will do something and you don’t, you start losing your reputation and integrity. And also damaging your self-esteem and self-confidence.
For nobody wants empty promises. People could stop depending or having trust in you and cause them not to offer you opportunities.
Because they could be worried that you will simply procrastinate and never meet up with the demand of the job.
8. Procrastination leads to anxiety and mental health Challenge.
Procrastination can also affect your health when you continually put off checkups, and postpone appointments or things you need to do, such as exercise.
It is like a habit, it is really hard to kick, but it can make or break you! It gets worse if left unchecked and the consequences terrible.
The end product of procrastination is always poverty, blame, self-esteem, regret, and premature death.
HOW TO DEAL WITH PROCRASTINATION “THE THIEF OF TIME”
- Develop a “Do it now attitude”
- Approach life with courage and enthusiasm
- Always prioritize your activities in their order of urgency and importance.
- Avoid distractions on your way or around you
- Set realizable goals
- Give your self daily, weekly, monthly targets, etc.
- Use action to eliminate your fears.
- Learn and practice effective times management
- Avoid wandering thoughts, and discipline your mind.
Finally, disconnect yourself from the wrong people. Try limiting your distractions – which includes people who draw your attention away from your dreams and the task at hand.
Have a quiet time, where you think, reason, and map out plans. Sometimes disconnect yourself from the internet, put off your phone, or on silent.
And tell your friends and people around you, you are not to be disturbed during this time.
Decision-making time should be part of everyone’s schedule. And never you underestimate how much time it will take to make a good decision.
Learn to make your goals specific, and set a deadline while you are at it. Also set aside at list one hour to review your goal daily. It makes the said goal more precise and appealing.