So I got up this morning and started with a list, a “must do” list, I think I am organized and I am of the opinion it will be completed by the end of the day. Now, here I am at the end of the day and out of my ten (10) things to do, only two (2) were completed. What have I done wrong? Is there not enough hours in the day? These were all errands within my reach this morning.
At times, our goals and business objectives are treated with the same interpretation, as a “to do” list, incomplete at the end of the day. A list of things to do that we defer and make excuses of not enough time. “In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking”- John Lubbock. We need to determine our will, because without the will, the driving force will be absent.
We all desire a little better of ourselves, we set goals and objectives for now and the future and dream about accomplishing them. Then later on, self-reflect and evaluate and torture ourselves with the top of the list conclusion being, not having enough time. However, when we become doubtful of our productivity; going back to the basics of being ‘simple’ usually works.
Our world is full of endless possibilities and countless opportunities, but what we need to focus on are the more meaningful goals and objectives. Eliminate the pressure being determined by the world and focus on your internal source of knowledge to control your success. What are your goals? What you are your plans to manifest them? Do you have a SMART plan in place to help you to achieve your goals? Do you have a mentor or consultant to help guide you? All these are questions that should be answered by you and implemented stage by stage.
Break the Procrastination Cycle
Procrastination is one of the biggest deterrents to fast forward our goals to reality. Though, there are many reasons for doing this, you find that you are powerless in identifying the exact cause. You first start by making a plan, write them down and ensure they are realistic. If you are a frequent procrastinator then you know just having a plan is nowhere close to where you want to be. You will have to fight the conflict and doubts. However, the key is to identify what is creating the resistance and write them down; just facing the fears will bring new ideas to overcome them. Confront these feelings and push to put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is for 10 minutes per day.
Results before Comfort is Action
If you have taken action towards your goals, then Congratulations! You have officially broken the cycle. But, this action needs to be continuously practised, going a little further each time as change is not perfected with the short term. So, not enough time is lacking the strength of a good excuse.