Procrastination, the thief of time

by: Deborah Pratt - Published Thursday, December 29, 2016

Your Weekly Motivation

We are already at the end of 2016. Wow! Think back to the beginning of the year; did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? If so, did you fulfill any or at least begin working towards them? Many of us have good intentions at the beginning of the year, we make resolutions or set goals for the year and before we know it the year has ended. We may not have begun to act on those resolutions during the first week of the year so we put them off for the second week, then the third then the fourth and so on until we forget about them all together. Another new year comes around, we set the same resolutions and often go through the same process of procrastination.


Wayne Gretzky once said, “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” Procrastination is indeed a disease that many persons possess. Many are left behind or miss out on great opportunities because of this illness. We keep putting off for tomorrow what should be done today until sometimes it is just too late. 


Some persons seem to get some sort of thrill from the excitement and rush of waiting for the last minute; waiting until Christmas Eve to shop for gifts, or until the hurricane is about to approach land before preparing, or preparing a report the night before it is due or studying the night before the exam etc. It becomes a habit, a bad one that we must work to change.


What have you been procrastinating on? What are some of those resolutions that you made at the beginning of this year that you have not yet acted on? Some may have resolved to develop a healthier lifestyle by eating healthy and exercising, some may have resolved to pursue dreams they may have been putting off for some time, some may have resolved to save more money, some may have resolved to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour or for some it may have been to pray or read their Bibles more. Whatever resolutions you may have made, I am sure you had a good reason for making them. You felt that they were important for your health, happiness or success in life. Yet, with a mere two days left in this year, you have still not started.


Often it is those things that are important; things that should require our immediate attention, which we tend to procrastinate on. We say we’ll wait until the economy gets better before we start those businesses or we’ll wait until we are older and more settled before giving our lives to Christ, or we’ll put off getting married until we have enough money to have that big wedding we desire. We come up with all sorts of excuses as to why we cannot do certain things now or how putting them off for another day, week, month or year would be okay. Napoleon Hill said, “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”


If things in your life are not the way you would like for them to be, it may very well be because you continue to procrastinate on making major decisions. Do what you desire to do, now.  Do not allow procrastination to rob you of your time and possibly your joy! 


If we all learn to value time and realize how special every moment of life is, we probably would not procrastinate as much as we do. We will say “I love you”  when we feel the urge to, we will call or visit friends when we think of them and not put it off for tomorrow when we think we will have more time, we will spend time with our children and do those things we keep promising them. So many persons live in regret wishing they had said “I love you” to someone or taken the time to call or visit when they thought of someone before their lives were snatched away in death. 


So, going back to those resolutions you may have made at the beginning of this year and not yet begun or may be thinking of now starting in 2017, you can choose to begin today. Any day can be a day for a new beginning. If you begin today, you’ll have a two day head start. Begin to put a plan in place as to how you are going to go about fulfilling those resolutions. Set goals, short term and long term, so that you can monitor your progress. 


In order to cease procrastinating, you must determine for yourself how badly you want to achieve that resolution or goal. If it’s something that you really want, then begin working on it. No one else can do it for you. Just take the first step and be determined to succeed. You may also want to identify an accountability partner, a trusted friend that you can share your plans/goals with, someone that can encourage you and help to keep you on track.


Remember, time waits on no one and tomorrow is not promised. Benjamin Franklin once said, “You may delay, but time will not.” Procrastination is truly the thief of time!


I wish all of you a productive, goal oriented and successful 2017. 


Happy New Year!


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Published  Thursday, December 29, 2016 


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