An Important Lesson On Procrastination, By Spongebob Squarepants

           I’ve had some interesting emails recently asking me about procrastination, something a lot of people seem to have trouble with.

“What’s the actual problem?” I asked this particular person.

“I procrastinate all the time” he replied.

          See, procrastination is one of the many words we’ve invented I’ve a problem with myself. Not the practice itself, just the word.

If you tell me you’re lying on the couch, feet up the wall, and looking at the ceiling for hours on end… then you’re not procrastinating, you’re just being plain lazy. Or not. Maybe you’ve done everything you had to do, needed to do, or wanted to do, and now you’re just chilling. And when it comes to chilling, each to their own, I say.

        However, if you’re watching TV when you’ve an essay to write and deliver by tomorrow… then you’re just being plain stupid, because the more you put it off the more stressed out you’re gonna feel. And there’s nothing wrong with a little stress. But if you’re watching TV, and at the same time you have a niggling voice at the back of your head going on about how you haven’t started that dissertation yet, you haven’t started yet, you haven’t started yet… that’s just annoying, and stressful.

          So, basically, in my opinion procrastination doesn’t really exist. Because at any given moment you’re either doing this, or you’re doing that.

What you might have been doing though is putting off important things. And that just doesn’t make sense to me, because it creates unnecessary chronic stress; the type of stress that leads people to the looney bin, or the grave.

So, what’s one to do?

         What you need is a great set of time management tools (or as I prefer to call them, life management tools), a rockin’ plan, and a sense of urgency.

There’s a tool I use personally and with my coaching clients that I call The Magic Sieve. It’s a life management tool I’ve shared with CEOs, entrepreneurs, fitness professionals, mums, students… you name it.

It works like magic!

But you’ve to inject a sense of urgency too. If you’ve an essay to deliver by the end of the month, it makes sense to get started asap, not next week, or the day before it’s due.

           This applies to everything and anything…

If you want to have lost 1st by the end of the month, the sooner you start eating healthily and moving more, the sooner you’ll feel better.

The longer you put it off, the longer you get to feel uncomfortable.

          You need to devise a plan for how you’re gonna get it done; a plan that’s doable and feels good. Then you’ve to create momentum. You’ve to decide:

 

1/ Would you prefer to be a little stressed out now whilst you get it done?

OR

2/ Would you prefer to totally lose your rag and have a major freak-out later whilst you try to get it finished at the last minute?

          But don’t just read all this and take my word for it, check out what Spongebob Squarepants has to say about procrastination. You read right, Spongebob!

 

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Comments

  1. Loved the Spongebob Square pants reference! Ha ha… procrastination is something I have focused on a lot and discovered that I drink strong coffee when I’m procrastinating… so what are you tips when you just can’t seem to stop… there are those times after all… momentum is the thing just sometimes you can’t seem to get started. More tips appreciated !

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