Procrastination is a laziness strategy to sabotage you from early rising. I believe that the main reason people procrastinate is because they don’t want to face the challenge that is associated with the task they are putting off. It is sometimes due to laziness or a lack of motivation – both of which I am not proud of.
Many people feel if they delay in addressing the problem it will go away; unfortunately, that is rarely the case and the situation may actually get worse. Pretending that something does not exist does not make it so, that is the lie of procrastination. You delude yourself into thinking that the delay will benefit you but instead you miss valuable opportunities and waste precious time.
Early to rise, early to rain! To end up procrastination, you must first understand that laziness is the grandparent of procrastination which pampers you to fill good in your comfort zone. Do you know that many procrastinators persuade themselves that they have good reasons for delaying getting on with what they have to do? And once you’ve get into a “victim” mind-set, you may not realize that what you’re doing is procrastinating. It is a smart and a sweet toaster that can give you a genius reason to remain on your bed of comfortability.
What I have noticed is how the negative spiral of laziness has smoothly engage many to keep procrastinating and it takes a big hold of our entire lives and never let go. Unless we really make a radical change, the hustling we should have done in the early age will happen at the late age. When I see a 60 years person that is still hustling, it gets me thinking!
It usually starts with a few nights for example postponing reading that book or calling that person. Then before you know it, your entire life project has been put on ice. Why? Simple because laziness is a habit; that’s right, it’s nothing else than a certain way of living that which has been programmed into our brains.
But how does this happen, and how can we fight the temptation of being lazy and procrastination? How can we continue on the road to our dreams? And not the road to low energy and future regret?.
Well, take a look at this 4-tips. Being lazy is about not having enough energy. But what most people mix up here is what type of energy we’re talking about both mental and physical energy is equally important and they go hand-in-hand just like I will outline here.
Tips to end up laziness and procrastination
(1) Get Motivated
Unless you have something specific that you want to spend your time doing (a hobby, project, your own business, mastering a skill, goal setting etc.) there’s no reason to even have more energy.
Everyone has 24 hours per day and you can choose yourself what you do with yours. When I talk about laziness I mean “the art of postponing, or avoiding, to do the things that matter the most to you” so step number one is to clearly identify what you actually want to do. Doing insignificant things just too keep busy has no self-valued, so then you might as well just lie on the sofa. So ask yourself:
If I had 1 extra hour each day where I had unlimited amount of energy, what would I spend that time doing?
Whatever answer you come up with, let’s call this activity because the arrival of purpose is the departure of reckless life.
2) Feel Urgent
You must understand that urgent will first be taking care of before important. For that reason motivation alone is not enough. Without a strong sense of urgency, you might as well do it tomorrow instead…
For me, it wasn’t until I started feeling really urgent about setting up my own website that things really happened. For over 6 year plus now, I have many articles on the site. And I love writing more and more.
So how can you “find” this urgency?
Well, that’s a very good question and the way I suggest is to do a small imagination exercise. It goes something like this:
Imagine that in exactly one year a big change is coming into your life. This big change will completely stop you from being able to spend any more time on “Your Activity called life purpose”
So if you want to want to create something, the only time is Now, or else you’ll have to wait more than years before you can get started.
With this type of mind-set, anything can become urgent – like I am building my blog now, etc.
3) Be Energetic
And in order to be able to really focus on “Your Activity of life purpose”, of course you need some energy. And I’m not going to go on here about how it’s great to eat healthy and exercise plenty – we all know that already.
Instead, I’m just going to share with you an insight of mine. You can do whatever you want with it, all I can say is that, it works for me and I recommend you to give it a try.
It’s like this: All time is not created equal.
I believe (from experience and theory) that the early morning hours can be much more valuable than the evening hours. Why?
Simply because in the morning your mind hasn’t been bombarded with information from the outside world yet and is therefore still in a calm, This focus and ability to be highly productive is something we should cherish deeply and use fully! Some many people has ask me Kingsley what kind of book do you read because of phase and motivational quotes I pronounce and write. But it is as a result of generating insight in the calm state.
Previously, I always had problems doing anything meaningful at all after work. My mind was simply too tired and scattered. So take my advice and try to wake up at 5 a.m. for a few days to see if you can get things done. The feeling of peacefulness and the fact that you won’t be interrupted at whatever you’re doing is truly precious. Failing to do private preparation attract physical struggle.
I guess you worry about feeling tired, but let me tell you that if you manage to keep it up a few weeks, then this habit will make you wake up even more refreshed than you can imagine. It’s all about sense of urgency which equips you with energy.
4) Get feed Back
I mentioned in the beginning that laziness is a habit. So if we want to overcome that, we must replace it with a new, even stronger, habit. That’s the reason why I want to stress the importance of this point.
I’m talking about feeding the results back to yourself and taking the time to reflect on how you’re progressing. You don’t want to make this life change into just something that you read, tried and then forgot about, right? So the way I suggest for how to keep this at the top of your mind, to avoid falling back into old habits, is to just take 2 minutes every day to write down:
At what times did I overcome my laziness today?
How did I do that? (Thought patterns, circumstances, etc.)
At what times did I skip my goal and was being lazy instead?
What happened? (Thought patterns, circumstances, etc.)
So with this 4-Tip, I believe many of us can get back on track again. It’s so easy to fall back into old patterns and get stuck there.
If you just start with some reflection to find out what happened and why you have ended up in a situation where you’re not moving forward as much as you want, then that’s the best possible start again.