When you practice overcoming procrastination and train yourself through repetition to get your most important task completed quickly, you will move yourself onto the fast track of your career.
Fully 95% of your success in life and work will be determined by the kind of habits that you develop overtime. A habit of setting priorities, overcoming procrastination and getting on with your most important task is a mental and physical skill. As such, this habit is learn-able through practice and repetition over and over again until it locks into your subconscious mind and becomes a permanent part of your behavior.
Once it becomes a habit, it becomes both automatic and easy to do. This habit of starting and completing important tasks has immediate and continues payoff. You are designed mentally and emotionally is such way that task completion gives you a positive feeling, it makes you happy and it makes you feel like a winner.
The faster you learn and apply these behavior and habits, the faster you will move ahead in your career, guaranteed. As you may already know, The Key to Success is taking Action!!
You need 3 key qualities to develop the habits of focus and concentration;
- Decision – Make a decision to develop the habit of task completion.
- Discipline – Discipline yourself to practice the principles you’re about to learn over and over until they become automatic
- Determination – Back everything you do with determination until the habit is locked in and becomes a permanent part of your personality.
A major reason for procrastination and lack of motivation is vagueness, confusion and fussy mindedness about what it is that you’re trying to do, and in what order, and for what reason. A great rule for success is to think on paper. You should make clear, written goals by writing down exactly what it is that you want in life.
There is a powerful formula for setting and achieving goals that you can use for the rest of your life that can help you with overcoming procrastination. It consists of 7 simple Steps. Each one of these steps can double or triple your productivity if you’re currently not using it.
Here are the simple 7 Steps to overcoming procrastination by using the method of goal setting:
Step 1. – Decide exactly what you want. Be clear about your goals.
Step 2. – Write your goal down. Think on paper. A goal or objective that is not in writing is merely a wish or a fantasy. It has no energy behind it. Unwritten goals lead to confusion, vagueness, misdirection and numerous mistakes.
Step 3. – Set a deadline on your goal. A goal or decision without a deadline has no urgency, it has no real beginning or end. Without a definite deadline your will naturally procrastinate and get very little done.
Step 4. – Make a list of everything you can think of that are going to have to do to achieve your goal. As you think of new activities, add them to your list. Keep building your list until it’s complete. A list gives you a visual picture of the larger task or the objective. It gives you a track to run on. It dramatically increases the likelihood that you will achieve your goal as you have defined it and on schedule.
Step 5. – Organize your list into a plan. Organize your list by priority and sequence. Take a few minutes to decide what you need to do first and what you can do later. Decide what has to be done before something else and what needs to be done afterwards. With a written goal and an organized plan of action, you will be far more productive and efficient than someone who has been carrying their goals around in their minds.
Step 6. – Take action on your plan immediately! Do something, do anything. An average plan vigorously executed is far better that a brilliant plan on which nothing is done. Execution is everything.
Step 7. – Resolve to do something every day that moves you in the direction of your major goal. Build this activity into your daily schedule.
Keep pushing forward. Once you start moving, keep moving, and don’t stop. This decision, this discipline alone can dramatically increase your speed of goal accomplishment and boost your personal productivity. Clear written goals have a wonderful effect on your thinking. They motivate you into action, they stimulate your creativity, release your energy and help in overcoming procrastination as much as any other factor. Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
The bigger your goals and the clearer they are, the more exited you become about achieving them. The more you think about your goals, the greater becomes your inner drive and desire to accomplish them. Think about your goals and review them daily. Every morning when you begin, take action on the most important task you can accomplish to achieve your most important goal at the moment.
P.S. I learned these simple 7 Steps to overcoming procrastination from the book “EAT THAT FROG!” – written by Brian Tracy. I highly recommend you to Check it out for yourself. You’ll thank me later.
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To living your life on purpose – Kuko Elisabeth