There are 86400 seconds, 1440 minutes, or 24 hours in a day. No matter which way you measure it, that’s a lot of time.
However, time cannot be reclaimed once it is spent. Every single one of those 86400 seconds, or 1440 minutes, or 24 hours is gone forever once it has passed.
And what are you spending this precious time doing?
If you’re putting it towards productive ends, then you have no worries. Whether you are doing work, studying, or working on physical and/or mental self-improvement, you certainly aren’t “wasting” time.
But what if you feel you are burning through time with no direction, focus, or purpose?
In this article you are going to learn the truth about why you are feeling lazy and unmotivated, and how you can overcome procrastination to take action and achieve amazing things with your life.
In order to beat procrastination and laziness and become motivated, there are two things you need to do:
I call this the “two-part process”, and believe it is the best way to empower yourself to take meaningful action and overcome the nasty habit that is procrastination.
As mentioned above, one of the most crucial things you can do to help beat procrastination and laziness is to identify the root cause of the problem.
This is about understanding your foe. Much as a military commander would (as far as is possible) avoid going into battle without a comprehensive understanding of the enemy, so should you attempt to avoid fighting procrastination without understanding why it affects your life.
The good news is that the causes of procrastination tend to be fairly consistent amongst most people. In my experience, there are five primary causes of procrastination. Read through the list below, and make sure to see which one applies best to your life:
Which one of the above causes of procrastination applied best to your experience? Don’t worry if you think that multiple choices apply to you; this can certainly be the case.
Furthermore, the cause of procrastination can actually vary from instance to instance. For example, you might put off going to the gym because of a lack of physical energy. The next day, you might procrastinate on an important assignment because you don’t know how to get started.
There will, however, be a common theme that will run through most instances where you find yourself procrastinating – your goal should be to identify this common theme as best as possible.
Now comes the hard part (or maybe the fun part … I like thinking of this as being fun!). It’s time to say no to procrastination and laziness, and yes to motivation and productivity.
As mentioned earlier, the best way to do this is through a tailored strategy that stabs right at the heart of your identified cause of procrastination.
This will require some further research and independent thinking on your part. But in order to make the process as easy and attainable as possible, I’ve put together a crib-sheet that features a number of different ways you can help tailor a procrastination-busting solution for each of the aforementioned causes.
Remember that the aim of this process is to beat procrastination and get stuff done, while addressing the underlying cause of the problem so that it doesn’t happen again.
For each cause I have listed a few key bullet points that will serve as starting blocks to help you overcome the problem, and eliminate that underlying cause.
An example short-term goal: Go to the gym three times a week this month.
An example medium-term goal: Run a marathon within the next three months.
An example long-term goal: Compete in an ultra-marathon within the next three years (and hopefully place).
Goals don’t have to sit under a common theme; the aforementioned examples are just for illustration’s sake. Your short-term goal might be to find a new job, while your long-term goal may be to build your own house by hand. The possibilities and combinations are limitless!
This might come as a bit of a kick in the teeth, but the truth is that the best way to overcome procrastination is simply to take action.
Take something you need to do – whether it is college work, chores, or something else – and do it.
At the end of the day, there aren’t many valid excuses for failing to take action. You already know how to do it (and the advice in this article should have hopefully helped) and it’s now up to you to get things done.
By now you should know two important things:
As mentioned above, it’s all up to you now to take action. I’ve given you some of the knowledge and resources you need to succeed (and you’ll find loads more on other Mind of a Winner articles) but you need to put in the hard yards to beat laziness and procrastination.
If you’re looking for more advice, then on my blog “Why Am I Lazy?” you’ll find a comprehensive guide that features 40 different ways to stop procrastinating.
Don’t let those precious minutes slip away without being put to good use.
This submission was written by James Frankton, who blogs about time management and motivation topics at “Why Am I Lazy?“
James Frankton blogs about time management, personal development, and motivational strategies at his site “Why Am I Lazy?” Having struggled for years with procrastination and low motivation, he now spends his spare time teaching others how they can overcome similar problems.
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