You can control your time but you can never stop the progression of time in itself. Time waits for no man. The Scriptures says there is time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). A time to be born and a time to die. What will define your legacy is what you do in between when you were born and when you die. If you must make impact in this world then you have to be in control of your time. Can you imagine the countless numbers of 'would-have-been' composers, authors, inventors, Preachers, Presidents of nations, actors, etc but they never realized their dreams simply because they were friends with procrastination. Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours every day. Rich people can't purchase more hours. Scientists can't create new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day. No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow. Do you know how many would love to give up their place in the grave in exchange for a fraction of the opportunities they once had? I bet you know the answer. Procrastination is a Castrator of destinies, flee from it! Every single day that you live brings you a step closer to your end and every opportunity you lose in between may never be regained. The question you may be asking is how do I deal the deadly blow to procrastination? My answer to this question has always been:
Do it now! - Procrastination most times come in a subtle manner, it gives you a wide range of options, leaving you a false impression that you will always have the time to come back to that project but in reality it has succeeded in putting a nail on the coffin of that particular task. Don't wait. Don't keep putting things off. Do it now! Take that step. Don't give room to fear or sentiment. Don't wait until when your strength wanes. This is the right time to start and move ahead. Don't be entangle in the web of procrastination. You do not have all the time in the world. Hit the ground and do it now.
Don't Overcrowd your Schedule: when you overcrowd your schedules, there is the tendency that you may not be able to finish up your task. There is nothing wrong when you carry-over uncompleted tasks from the previous day but there is a possibility that this will degenerate into a cycle of uncompleted tasks that will spiral out of control. Unfortunately, we spend more time on the non essentials and by the time we come to the essentials we discover that we are either so stressed out or we barely have enough time to complete this. To help you have control over your schedule, you should delegate the less important responsibilities to others who can equally do the job and eliminate tasks that are altogether unnecessary.
Reduce Stress: Everyone at some point in time had been stressed. When you are stressed, it's difficult for you to focus and become productive. At this point, my advice is to stop whatever you are doing and have some time to relax. Don't make it all work and no play. Maintain a balance between your work and time for leisure. It's not how long you work that counts, it is how smart you do your tasks. Develop a healthy leisure time. When you unwind, it helps to reduce your stress level and get you up and ready to go on your next assignments. On a working day, allow block of time for work, play and rest and make sure this is balanced. This will make a difference in how much you are able to accomplish.
Be Charged up: When you are not motivated about what you are doing, then you are opening the door for procrastination to set in. Discovering your purpose helps you to live your full potential and this keeps you motivated. What is it that gives you joy and a sense of fulfillment? That could be your purpose and you will discover that you are always motivated to work in your purpose. Procrastination can easily find a companion in someone with a weak motivation. Find your purpose and you will have peace and motivation concerning what you do.
Develop the Skills required: imagine you have a task to execute but then, you do not have the skills required for the assignment. You can either decide to postpone the task to the time when you have acquired the skills needed or eliminate it altogether. When you do not have what is required for an assignment, you are tempted to procrastinate. If what you are doing is important to fulfilling your purpose, then go ahead and acquire the skills you need. There is no price too great for you to pay. Aim high. Stay on course and don't give room for procrastination to eat up your dream. God bless.
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