Procrastinate is such an impressive word until we consider it means to drag our feet and waste our time. Some days tend to encourage the practice. Here’s a good rule of thumb for people 50 and over. Divide your age by 2, and check the thermometer on the porch. If the temperature is less than 1/2 your age, you have a free pass to procrastinate that day.
I push myself by keeping lists of goals, project ideas and home repairs. Some are “must” items while others are “would be nice”. When procrastination strikes, I can sit at my desk, examine my lists, and prioritize. Planning, budgeting, and scheduling are part of any successful endeavor, right? To complete a task though, I have to pop it off the list, and actually do it.
Looking at the past may be an effective antidote for procrastination. In late 2012, I felt as though my wheels were spinning with little traction. That November I decided to maintain a list of major projects as we tackled them: Master List of Completed Items. I am excited about creating a fresh list for 2014. That record of accomplishments generates motivation.
The children of Israel wandered for years. Sameness. Nothing significant on the schedule. Just stepping around the circle. The day came when God delivered a message that a new challenge was on the horizon.
“You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north…”
Deuteronomy 2:3 (NASB)
A few days of 2014 have slipped behind us. There’s plenty of time to focus on resolutions, projects, and strategic initiatives for the coming year. But don’t wait too long. At some point the wandering has to stop, and we have to make a deliberate turn, if we are to accomplish anything.
Are you a professional grade procrastinator? How do you push yourself and overcome? What’s your secret? Use the comment facility to share your wisdom with us.