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“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” – Mark Twain.
Procrastination is not laziness, but the inability to force yourself to take necessary or desired actions, postponing them for later.
September 6, an anti-procrastination day, reminds us that we must defeat this "monster."
Vladimir Nabokov often spent his time thinking about chess puzzles instead of working on the next book. He said that this was a complex, delightful and worthless art that used to take him to a delusional extreme and devour time.
Albert Einstein, the creator of the theory of relativity, could sit relaxed for hours in front of a record player and listen to music.
Winston Churchill was not a fast worker – he was a tireless worker who often scrutinized the ceiling. The truth is, he used to do this quite deliberately.
How to fight procrastination?
Here’s the first and most effective way, only for the sake of which this entire article could be written:
- Clarify what your most important task is.
- Get out of sight of everything except the important task without being distracted by social media.
- Clarify your motivation for this task.
- If you feel difficulty, break the task into smaller, more manageable subtasks.
If you are postponing things because you are tired, you can reboot your energy levels:
- Have a cup of tea or coffee.
- Take a walk.
- Take a little nap.
Another major reason for procrastination is uncertainty about whether to do something. Decide why you need to do something. What will you get from it? Money? Glory? Be honest with yourself, and perhaps you need to give up this task altogether, and there is even nothing to postpone.
- Clarify the purpose.
- Fire up your motivation.
- Get down to business.