“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” ~ Thomas Jefferson.
No matter how well you plan a day it will always be made up of 24hrs, never 28 or more than 24. What is critical, then, is not really time management but self management.
As part of a continuous quest to be valuable to your personal development and positive thoughts I was part of an E-Exchange Event on a forum where we identified the causes of Procrastination and How to overcome it. Here is what we found:
- Poor Time management: not prioritizing the really important work.
- Lack of a clear and intelligent plan.
- Laziness– Thinking there is still more time.
- Laying off challenging/less interesting tasks for later in place of simple ones.
- Over-confidence (thinking it’s going to take less time)
- No-Confidence (Fear of the unknown): Lack of faith in self and personal abilities.
- Wanting to take one big step once against taking small, continuous and steady steps.
How to Overcome:
- Avoid toying with negative attitudes or thoughts towards your most important tasks.Stay positive and anticipate a great time while at it.
- Plan adequately and know exactly what needs to be done
- Prioritize the most important daily activities and avoid urgent but non-value adding tasks.
- Have a daily time table and follow it; be committed to your daily tasks. In simple terms: do what you planned to do when you planned to do it.
- Leave room for a future surprise so that you don’t put away what you can do today.
- Focus your mind on da task at hand. You’ll likely have more time for things that matter most to you.
- Avoid Laying off challenging/less interesting tasks for later in place of simple ones. Just get up and do it.
- Remember that time wasted is never regained. Therefore remind yourself to use it well and on things that will build you or your skills.
- Expose and keep yourself in the company of motivated and hardworking friends.