Paul Ndukwe (Rev.)
SPIRITUAL NUGGET - AUG 2006
Topic: Nineteen ways to Overcoming Procrastination.
A human body at rest tends to
remain at rest, and a body in motion tends to remain in motion.
Procrastinators have difficult time getting in motion, but once they
get into motion they tend to stay in motion. If they gain momentum
the task is well on its way to completion.
The following are nineteen steps for creating momentum that would
- Recognize the futility of procrastination as a way of living.
Do you really want a life of frustration, fatigue, and boredom?
- Break down overwhelming tasks into small tasks. Try to limit
them to five-to-ten minute tasks. Write them on 3 x 5 cards or in
your planner or notebook for easy referral. Hardly anything is
really hard if you divide it into small tasks.
- Face unpleasant tasks squarely. Ignoring unpleasant tasks
doesn’t make them go away. Not doing it today only ensures that
you will feel equally burdened about it (plus other tasks)
- Delete it. What are the consequences of not doing the task at
all? Consider the 80/20 rule; maybe it doesn’t need to be done in
the first place.
- Delegate. If the task is important, ask yourself if it’s
really something that you are responsible for doing in the first
place. Know your job description and ask if the task is part of
your responsibilities. Can the task be given to someone else?
- Ask for advice. Asking for help from a trusted mentor,
supervisor, coach, or expert can give you some great insight on
where to start and the steps for completing a project.
- Remove distractions. You need to establish a positive working
environment that is conducive to getting your work done. Remove
- Do a start-up task. Pick one or two of those instant tasks
from number 2 above and begin to work on those. Just get started.
- Take advantage of your moods. If there are tasks you don’t
feel like doing today, find those tasks you do feel like doing
today. Take advantage of your moods. Get started.
- Think of something important that you have been putting off.
List the good things that could possibly happen by doing the task.
Now list the disadvantage that could come about as a result of
inaction. You will usually find that the advantage outweigh the
- Make a commitment to someone. Enlist a trusted friend to hold
you accountable for getting started. Choose someone who is firm
and won’t let you off the hook.
- Give yourself a reward. Find an important goal that you have
been dodging and decide what would be fitting reward for you when
you achieve it. Make sure the reward commensurate with the size of
- Give yourself deadlines. Color-code the due date on your
calendar or your dairy so you can visually see that date each day.
You might even color-code a few immediate dates along the way to
make sure you are on track. Write down the due date.
- Resolve to make every day count. Treat each day as a treasure.
Self talk yourself into accomplishing something new each day. Live
for today without always anticipating tomorrow.
- Be decisive and have the courage to act. Many times we’re
crippled by “what if,” “I will,” “I wish,” “I hope,” and so on.
Make something happen.
- Refuse to be bored. Get out of the rut you’re living in. Buy
some flower, a book, cook a new dish, and replace the familiar
with the unfamiliar. Remember the saying, “Take time to smell a
- Practice doing absolutely nothing. When you’re avoiding
getting started, go sit in a chair and do absolutely nothing until
you are motivated to begin. The vision of Link International
Ministries was giving to me at the time I decided to do nothing. I
remember sitting in a chair with my eyes closed and my mind was
turned anything that has to do with the ministry. Most of us are
poor at the art of doing nothing. You’ll soon find yourself eager
to get moving.
- Ask yourself. “What’s the best use of my time and energy right
now?” If that’s not what you are doing, then switch to a higher
priority. What you are doing might be good, but is it the best?
- Ask yourself, “What is the greatest problem facing me, and
what am I going to do about it today?” Plan your action and get
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