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Someday is not a day of the week. -AnonymousTo think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.-Eva YoungProcrastination is opportunity’s assassin.-Victor Kiam
Everyone procrastinates at one point or another in their lives. But chronic procrastination can hinder your professional success. Whether you are interested in earning a promotion, starting your own business, or growing a current business, procrastination is generally at the root of most failure. You can change the course of your future by overcoming procrastination. But first you must determine whether or not you are a chronic procrastinator and, if so, determine what it may be costing you.
1. Do you make and miss commitments?
Many procrastinators find ways to postpone or avoid commitments they’ve made. Generally they are enthusiastic about those commitments when they first make them and can envision how they might enhance their lives. But for whatever reason, by the time aforementioned commitment occurs the chronic procrastinator has found reason to avoid it.
2. Do you talk the talk but not walk the walk?
There are a variety of reasons why individuals procrastinate. Some are afraid of failure, others are afraid of success and still others may be plagued by a number of reasons even Freud may not comprehend. Regardless of the reason, individuals rarely procrastinate because they lack the ability and know-how. Because of this, many procrastinators have oodles of advice that they fail to apply in their own lives.
3. Are you missing out on the life you once imagined?
Regret is often associated with procrastination. If you find yourself grieving the life you once imagined yourself enjoying, you may have let procrastination get the best of you. However, don’t despair. You always have time to turn things around in order to accomplish your greatest dreams.
4. Do you make and keep daily goals?
Truly successful individuals realize that they must continually set and accomplish goals. They are able to break projects down into management tasks that can be completed on a daily basis. If you feel overwhelmed by everything on your to-do list and suffer from a lack of direction and accomplishment in your daily life, you may be procrastinating your workday away.
5. Are you currently working towards an improved future?
If you have a dream but are not working to accomplish that dream, then you are procrastinating a grand and glorious future for yourself. Regardless of what it may take to accomplish your dream, unless you are currently doing something, even if it’s small, to achieve your dream, it will forever reside in your future.
6. Are you often disappointed?
Chronic procrastinators are often depressed and disappointed. Their lack of success plagues them and often their families.
7. Do you sacrifice long-term happiness for short-term comfort?
Long-term happiness often requires sacrifice and hard work. Procrastinators often fool themselves into thinking instant gratification is what they really want. But when you consider that a little hard work and sacrifice can change the course of your future for the better, it may be easier to forgo the short-term comfort.
8. Are you easily distracted?
Procrastinators often find ways to put off doing important tasks. Whether they become distracted by email, television, housecleaning, or phone calls, they often welcome the interruption.
9. Do you dream often but take action less?
Procrastinators often dream of a bright and glorious future but rarely take action to turn those dreams into realities.
If you answered “yes” to seven or more of the above questions, chances are you are a chronic procrastinator. And if you do procrastinate, you are probably experiencing continual disappointment and professional dissatisfaction. But don’t fret; just because you’ve procrastinated in the past doesn’t sentence you to a long and dissatisfying future. You can take action and overcome your procrastination. Join us next week when we will discuss tips for eliminating those self-destructive procrastinating tendencies.
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