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They say that procrastination is the thief of time. It is, but it also kills something as it steals time.
Procrastination is the simplicity killer.
How Procrastination Kills Simplicity
When we procrastinate, things get put off by definition. Often times these things are put off past the optimal time to do them. So the task becomes bigger simply because it was put off.
Examples of Murdered Simplicity
This concept is best seen by example.
- The garbage. The garbage is full, but you’d rather not take it out, which would mean putting on shoes, traipsing outside and hefting the bag around. So it sits, and the bag gets fuller…and stinkier…and when you finally have to take it out, the bag bursts, leaking noxious fluids through the house. You now have a much bigger mess to clean up.
- Bills. You haven’t felt up to paying the bills…and now you realize that not only are your bills still unpaid, but you now have to sort through a bunch of late fees as well. Or worse.
- The project that is due tomorrow. You are all set to put the project together. Except you realize you don’t have all the materials you need. So you run to the store, to find it closed 5 minutes before. After three other stores, you finally have your material, only to be too tired to do a good job.
In each of these cases, just by taking care of things ahead of time, you could spare yourself extra effort, energy and money, and simplify the whole process of doing the task.
How To Stop Procrastinating
In order to stop not only the thief of time but the simplicity killer, you have to stop procrastination in its tracks. The method for stopping all depends on what is causing the procrastination:
- I have too much to do. Pick three things to do and get them done. Everything else will wait until you complete them.
- The tasks are too big. Break tasks down into manageable chunks.
- I don’t know where to start. Start anywhere.
- But I don’t want to! If you absolutely have to do this task (and you might not!), set a timer for 15 minutes and work on the task. You can stop when you’re done.
- I can’t get started. Do one thing, even if it is just pulling out the papers you need to do the task at hand. Then stop.
- I got distracted. Turn off the distractions. Use a browser filter, get off the computer, go somewhere where there are no distractions.
- I work best under pressure. (Hah! Not buying it.) Work under pressure earlier. Give yourself a deadline that is well before the real deadline and try to make it.
- I hate doing this! Promise yourself a reward when you get it done. A visible, tangible reward, something you would not normally do.
If you can conquer your procrastination, you will also simplify your life. Do you have any ways that you like to get past procrastination? Share below.
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