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Dream Derailer #3: Procrastination

February 15, 2011

Scott Peck wrote, “Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”

Napoleon Hill described procrastination as,  “The bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.”

Do you have a problem with procrastination?

If you do, you are not alone for about 1 in every five people procrastinate.  Procrastination is not doing what you know you should be doing.  It is ignoring something important and instead doing something less important.  Are you surfing the net when you should be working?  Are you watching television or playing a game when you should be cleaning, studying,  or spending quality time with your family?  One of my personal favorite quotes paraphrased from the Baha’i Writings is, “When the most important work is before you, you must learn to let go of the important.”

An important question to ask is, “Is this the most important thing I can be doing right now?

Is this action moving me closer to my most important goals?   Everyone procrastinates from time to time, but if are a chronic procrastinator, then you need to figure out why. Some of you have probably started on a goal and ran into a roadblock and haven’t been able to get back on track again.  Others have not even gotten started.  Whether you have started and stalled or never started at all, the challenge is the same.  You’ll never succeed if you don’t start and finish.   Sometimes we are so overwhelmed with so much to do that we are paralyzed with indecision.  If too much is on your plate, take off the least important stuff.  When you finish you can put it back on again if it is still important to you.

If you are a chronic procrastinator, click to read about ten tips for tackling your procrastination tendencies.

What are you waiting for?  Get started on that dream.  You’ll never see the finish line if you don’t get started.

I’m Barbara Talley, the poet who speaks and inspires.  To find out more about me check out: What Does Barbara Do? or visit  my website.

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