WORK YOUR SCHEDULE LIKE SOMEONE’S LIFE DEPENDS ON IT
I used to be an award winning procrastinator. Like I could literary sit back and do nothing while I allowed the important task to sleep till the next day.
And oh, the next day came as always and I still didn’t find the will power to do those tasks, until when the need of such tasks didn’t matter anymore, then I’ll beat myself into self pity and think of how I’m gonna turn out better next time.
And yes the next time did come, not once, not twice; and oh well we know how these vicious circles go…
Sometimes it wasn’t the will power I needed but the ability to create a priority list where the most important and dire tasks come up first. I’ll most times complete the smaller tasks with the fear of not-having-what-it-takes to complete the bigger tasks thereby having me shift it aside.
I had to learn better. Procrastination was killing my drive and goals, i learnt the hard way. On one occasion I wanted to apply for a business funding I told myself it wasn’t time, so I didn’t work on it – i didn’t prepare myself, I just kept shifting the process until it was a week to closure before i realized that I didn’t even go through the needed criteria for submission. There and then, I knew I had lost that opportunity.
So there and then that was in 2016, I made up my mind to search deeper and get delivered from this habit (old habits indeed die hard).
I switched unto the first rescue center I know – My Prayer Call. Ok here we go again? Must you get spiritual on this one?! Yes, I have, because that was indeed a turning point for me. Gradually, I developed a keen spirit for accomplishing tasks, plus God brought individuals my way who are what I cal No-Nonsense-People that won’t take a delayed job.
I started reading books and moved towards starting and completing my tasks. Do I still procrastinate like before, nope. Do i forget to do some tasks, oh yea! Sometimes it can get cumbersome; but I always try to accomplish greater rewarding tasks and focus on important schedules that matter.
Here’s what Kenneth Copeland had to say about this:
The Bible gives us five actions we can take to stop procrastinating.
Stop making excuses — What have you been saying you’re going to do — one of these days? Things will never settle down. You must make a choice to priorities what is important.
Start today — Not next month, next week, or tomorrow. I want you to write down three things you know God wants you to do. Choose one of those three and decide to start today.
Establish a planned schedule — If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail. You need to designate some specific time slots each week for the things you need to do.
Face your fears — We hate to admit we have fears because we think they are a sign of weakness. But fear is a sign of humanity. Only fools are not afraid.
Focus on what you gain, not the pain — There are very few things in life that are easy. You must push through the frustration and look at the gain beyond the pain.
Don’t ask, “What do I feel like doing?” Instead ask, “What does God want me to do?”
Jesus never said life would be easy. There will be sacrifice and commitment. But there is tremendous reward when we do the things he calls us to do. Phil 4 13