Procrastination is a Thief
Hi friends. I’m going to tell you what steals our time more than anything else. It's not people, it's not projects, it’s not problems. It’s another word that begins with the letter “p”. It’s procrastination. Procrastination can be the biggest thief of your time. If you’re not careful, you'll get weeks and months and years down the road procrastinating and you might feel busy, but you won't be productive.
Now you have to be careful when it comes to procrastination because it disguises itself very, very well. It can disguise itself as I'm way too busy or I’ve got too many other important things to do, and before long, I am putting things off. I have a feeling that if I looked at your to-do list, I might find some things that have been on there for way too long and the reason they're on there is because you have procrastinated. The good news is that the majority of us understand this; there are very few people that never procrastinate. But there are very few people that learn to overcome procrastination by simply developing new habits. Just like any other habit, you can learn to create things in your life that help you learn to overcome procrastination.
Let me give you a few ideas: Just start! Sometimes we make things way too hard. You think I can’t do that, so I put it off another day, another week, instead of just taking that first step and starting. Another way to look at it is to eat the frog first. Mark Twain said if you eat a frog first thing in the morning, a live frog, that nothing worse can happen to you the rest of the day. So everyday, what can I do to move something forward? Everyday, what can I do to eat a frog first?
Here's the thing- we get hung up over these jobs, tasks, and ideas because they just seem so overwhelming. I have found that those overwhelming tasks and projects really aren’t as bad as I think if I just start taking some small steps and eat that frog first. What frog do you need to eat today? What frog do you need to eat tomorrow? What frog do you need to eat the following day? When you start eating a frog first thing in the morning, all of a sudden, those tasks, those jobs that you would typically put off, start getting done, and all of a sudden, you find you’re not just a busy person, you’re actually a productive person and that's what I want to help you become.
The last thing I want for you is for you to be busy. The world is full of busy people. What you need, what your family needs, what your ministry needs, what your company needs, is not for you to be busy; your company needs you being productive. One of the greatest ways to achieve productivity is to stop procrastinating and start doing.
There’s an acronym that I read in a book many many years ago. I've got it written down on my desk in my office. The acronym is p i t t o t. What that acronym stands for is: procrastination is the thief of time. Sometimes I procrastinate because I have so much going on and I think I have to do this later. I am actually costing myself time by procrastinating. When I procrastinate, procrastinate, procrastinate, I end up doing a sloppy job; I end up getting forced up against a deadline where I can’t think as good; I end up delegating sloppily, so I need to learn that to be effective with my time, stop procrastinating and start doing.
Remember this: your biggest problem is not people; your biggest problem is not a problem itself; your biggest problem is often procrastinating. The quicker I learn to overcome it by just doing and just eating the frog first, the happier I will be, the more satisfied I will be, and the more successful I will be.
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