It is terrific to know you can beat procrastination if you finish what you start.
Procrastination is that thing that causes us to put off until some future date the things we should be doing today.Procrastination hurts productivity, profitability, and self-esteem. One way to kick procrastination in the butt is to finish what you start. Instead of starting and stopping many jobs during the day, pick a job, start it and stick with it until it is done.
For most people, the to-do list is long and ever-growing. Sometimes it seems as if nothing ever leaves the list because so much time is spent adding things to the list. In order to control procrastination, one must not be afraid of one’s to-do list. When a person is controlled by her to do list she starts one thing, then sees another important task, so drops the first and goes back to the second then another fire comes out that needs attention. That first task is still sitting there undone, half done and is now a mess. So, she procrastinates and starts the cycle again with another task. At the end of the day, she looks back at her to do list and sees a bunch of half done tasks that she can not stand to see.
What if instead, she looked at her to do list, picked a task and worked on it until it was complete. Instead of interrupting herself to handle some new item on the list she completed the first task and then addressed the new important task on the to-do list. At the end of the day, that first list would be done, completely done. The new important task that arose would be done. In short, she would be able to look back at the to-do list with pride of completion. Instead of being controlled by her to do list or allowing procrastination to keep her from moving, she would be the master of the to-do list and ended the day with a feeling of success.
It is important to develop good habits, to have practices that lead to good results. If you start working on an item in your to-do list and keep at that item until it is done, you can transfer that behavior over to other areas of your life. Complete the laundry before working on the dishes. Complete one chore before moving to the next. This habit will help you be organized, procrastinate less and feel good about yourself and what you do accomplish. Always remember as you start each task on your to-do list, do not procrastinate, keep your mind on your mission and your mission on your mind.
It is magnificent to take away the mystery and figure out why you do not take action now.
In order to get things done, there comes a point in life where we must stop planning, scheming and getting ready and start to take taking now. This is such a basic fact, it is almost something that should be classified as common sense. However, common sense is not common. Even with the knowledge that success cannot take place absent action, people are still reluctant to act.
There are many mysterious reasons a person may refuse to take action now. These reasons include:
fear of failure
fear of success
lack of experience
If any of these reasons are keeping you from taking action now to accomplish your goals, be encouraged. You can take the mystery out of these things and take action now in order to succeed.
1. Procrastination – when a person procrastinates, she puts off for tomorrow that which she should do today. People procrastinate for a wide variety of reasons, in order to stop procrastination from keeping you from succeeding, do an internal inventory, find out what makes you procrastinate and then start taking action to succeed.
2. Fear of Failure – there are a significant number of women who do not act because they are afraid they will fail. These women may have failed on many occasions in the past. These may be women who have always been successful and are afraid to fail on this occasion. These women may be afraid of the consequences of failure. If fear of failure is keeping you from taking action now in order to succeed, take the mystery out of your fear and get moving.
3.Fear of Success– this is an interesting reason for not taking action now. There are some women are scared to reach their dreams. Some are afraid of the new responsibilities and obligations that success will bring. Still others are afraid of success because they have not experienced it before. If fear of success is keeping you from taking action now, find out the reason you are afraid of success, defeat it and then start taking action now.
4. Lack of Experience – there are some women who are afraid to take action now because they lack experience. For these people, they may not know how to take action now and so they are afraid to move forward. For those who lack experience the way to take the mystery out of a lack of experience is to start doing. Gaining experience helps one get over the fear of a lack of experience. So, if lack of experience is keeping you from taking action now, start taking action to do what needs to be done.
Let today be the day you start to take action now and accomplish your goals. Take a deep look inside so that you can take the mystery out of your failure to act and get moving. It is important to remember that you control your destiny.
In conclusion, it is magnificent to take away the mystery and figure out why you do not take action now. So, the question for you this magnificent day is, what is stopping you from taking action now
When you realize you can influence what your children think and believe, you can find serenity. No matter what you value, there are simple ways to teach your children to share your family values.
If you frame the story correctly, your children will value what you teach them is important.
Take a look at two children’s birthday parties I attended recently with my daughters. The first party was at the child’s home. It was beautiful home with an above ground pool, an acre of land and the usual accoutrements of a $3 million home. The parents purchased bikes and scooters for the children to use during the party. They hired someone to help supervise and run the party games. The party games reminded me of Survivor and Fear Factor. There was a scavenger hunt for 24 items. The party ended with gourmet sandwiches, fruit kabobs, mixed drinks and a beautiful cake. A gift bag of delightful treasures was given to each child as a parting gift. This was all for a two hours long for a child turning 8 years old.
The second party was held at the apartment building where the child lived. The entire party was 8 girls playing in the apartment building’s outdoor pool. There was no party theme. The entire set of decorations was 4 helium balloons. The girls spent two and one half hours jumping in and out of the pool chasing each other and singing silly songs playing on the father’s smartphone. The party snacks were grapes, cheese crackers and juice boxes. The birthday girl celebrated with an ice cream cake from a local supermarket. Each girl left the party with a few dollar store treats.
Later my girls talked about the two parties. While they liked both parties, the second party was the overwhelming favorite. When I asked why I was told, “Because it wasn’t complicated. We just got to pay and have fun. We didn’t have to work hard to have fun.” My girls enjoyed the first party. They enjoyed the second party more because it emphasized what they had been taught to value – people, relationships and friendship.
Reading with your children is another way to teach family values.
The point of describing these two parties is not to say that you don’t need money to have a good time. The point is also not to say our kids are better off with only simple things. The point is that our children can have a good time based upon the way we set the stage and manage expectations.