Procrastination – Whether we like to admit it or not we all succumb to it at some point or other, for whatever reason we just can’t seem to summon up the enthusiasm to complete or even start a task and yet it is often that same enthusiasm that makes the difference between achievement and failure.
Thomas Edison is quoted as saying, “If the only thing we leave our kids is the quality of enthusiasm, we will have given them an estate of incalculable value.” Indeed at the age of 67 Edison’s enthusiasm was tested to the limit when he had to watch his world-famous “invention factory,” burn to the ground, as he watched it with his children he is reported to have been overheard telling them to “go get your mother. She’ll never see another fire like this one” he knew that with enthusiasm adversity could be overcome and it is also a powerful weapon to use against procrastination.
We must learn that our level of enthusiasm have nothing to do with our feelings. To take control of our lives, we need to make a conscious decision and choose the way we feel, and not let our feelings control us. By doing this you will discover that you can talk yourself into a positive frame of mind when you’re feeling discouraged allowing you to keep yourself motivated and focused even when a job is monotonous or mind numbing. How do you handle failure when your plan isn’t going well?
Three other suggestions that can help us to stay motivated, raise our levels of enthusiasm and overcome procrastination are highlighted below;
- Attitudes are very contagious, so stay away from negative people; they will take great pleasure in infecting you with their negative attitudes. Associate with positive thinkers; you will find that their self-confidence is infectious, too.
- Identify those times of the day when your energy levels are at their highest and schedule difficult tasks for that time of day. If you haven’t determined the best time for you, try doing the day’s least attractive jobs as early as possible.
- Do you have a problem or issue that is a real thorn in your side and has been for a long time, do something about it. Get in the habit of making things happen and your enthusiasm levels will go through the roof. It has been proven that inactivity is a major cause of depression and anxiety.
When you complete a task and find it to be easy, make a note of the time of day, ask yourself what other factors might have contributed to making you more productive whilst doing that task. If you do this regularly you will discover a pattern to the way you work and will be able to use your new found knowledge of yourself to operate at a higher level every day, you will also discover your that time of day when you are usually most efficient, start scheduling some of your least enjoyable tasks for that time.
Always remember that enthusiasm is a choice. Mark Twain said, “Do something every day that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.”
Till next Time
Mike Gardner – The Time Doctor