Procrastination is the thief of time. –Edward Young
I have a secret confession. Each year on Christmas Eve, I arrive at the local mall to watch shoppers scramble for last minute gifts. Granted, this is an unusual annual event, but it provides enjoyment. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, so I usually do not wait until the last minute to complete my shopping list. However, the rest of the entire year is one procrastinating moment after another.
I would imagine this life’s struggle began while in high school or college. One of the most memorable moments of procrastination took place in a high school art class. The end of the semester project was an art project worth 60 percent of my final grade. We were given three weeks to complete the assignment but I came up with every excuse to delay starting on the project. At the time, I dated a guy I will refer to as a “supercomputer.” He was the epitome of superb intelligence and excellence. Fortunately, he had a knack for artistry and completed my art project where I received an A. I still have mixed feelings for my poor behavior. As a student, I experienced pride for passing the course but guilt for not completing the assignment myself.
As the New Year approaches, it is my goal is to overcome procrastination. By taking charge of my life, I will exchange the feeling of helplessness into a feeling of strength and purpose. Changing my pattern of completing a task will lead to a less stressful lifestyle. Aiming to complete my weekly deadlines and not putting off will provide self-assurance and personal commitment. No longer lulled by a false sense of security, I am remarkably optimistic about starting afresh this New Year.
Tips to Overcoming Procrastination:
- Face the fear
- Reevaluate your work pattern
- Break projects down into smaller segments
- Eliminate distractions
- Complete an Action Plan
- Reward yourself