Procrastination, What and How?
It's been almost a month since I last wrote a post here. I could excuse myself by saying I've been continuously writing at least one post each day on my Korean blog, but it still doesn't change the fact that I've been neglecting my English blog.
So, today, my topic is procrastination! Let me come up with some quotes that talk about procrastination, and let's also explore ways to deal with it better.
What do people say about it? Quotes on Procrastination
"Procrastination is the thief of time." - Edward Young
"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." - Martin Luther King Jr.
"Procrastination makes easy things hard and hard things harder." - Mason Cooley
"The best way to get something done is to begin." - Author Unknown
"The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started." - Dawson Trotman
"You may delay, but time will not." - Benjamin Franklin
"The sooner you do it, the sooner it's done." - Unknown
"Procrastination is opportunity's assassin." - Victor Kiam
"Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!" - Donald Gardner
"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." - Abraham Lincoln
"Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill." - Christopher Parker
"The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you've made up your mind—jump in." - Charles R. Swindoll
Ways to deal with Procrastination
So, how can we deal with procrastination more effectively? Here are some tips for you:
Set Clear Goals: Define specific, achievable goals. Knowing what you want to accomplish can be a great motivator.
Break Tasks into Smaller Steps: Large projects can be overwhelming. Divide them into smaller, manageable tasks, and focus on completing one at a time.
Create a Schedule: Establish a regular schedule with designated task time. Consistency helps combat procrastination.
Prioritize and Time Management: Prioritize your tasks and use time management techniques to stay focused and productive.
Eliminate Distractions: Identify your main distractions and find ways to minimize or eliminate them while working on your tasks. This could include turning off notifications or creating a distraction-free workspace.
Accountability: Share your goals with a friend or someone who can help hold you accountable for your progress.
Positive Reinforcement: Reward yourself when you meet your milestones or deadlines. Small rewards can boost your motivation.
Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself and acknowledge that everyone procrastinates at times. Learn from past experiences and use them as motivation to improve.
Seek Inspiration: Find sources of inspiration, such as reading related books, attending webinars, or engaging with like-minded communities.
Clearing Your Mind: Meditation
The tips above can certainly help you. However, if you want to fundamentally change the habit of putting things off, I would highly recommend clearing your mind. When your mind is cluttered with thoughts, it's challenging to focus. When you are filled with self-doubt and negative thoughts, it's hard to motivate yourself to take action. Therefore, when you clear your mind, you create the right mental space to be productive.
Meditation can assist you in clearing and calming your mind. With a clear and positive mindset, you can think clearly and take effective action!
Overcoming procrastination is indeed a journey that everyone faces at some point. I hope the quotes and the tips mentioned above have given you some valuable ideas on how to conquer this habit. I, too, am committed to self-improvement. I will continue meditating to clear my mind, with the hope of becoming more consistent, particularly in writing for my English blog. Let's embark on this journey together and make progress towards our goals. After all, we're in this together!