I would like to say I never procrastinate, but that’s not true. Is there a cure?
Sometimes people think procrastination is a time management problem; truth is you cannot manage time. You have 24 hours each day. To make the most of your days, and eliminate the stress of procrastination, think about managing your choices.
Managing choices is a Character Management issue. Character comes from saying what you will do (honesty) and doing what you say (integrity). This is true whether it is something you say to others or a goal or commitment you “say” to yourself.
Are you a person who keeps promises?
Many people are better about keeping promises to others than to themselves; either way, failure to keep promises leads to procrastination. If you are procrastinating you are probably mistaking “might do” and “maybe” for commitment.
A commitment problem underlies your procrastination. Each commitment you make with others and each goal or scheduled activity you make with yourself is a promise. As James, the brother of Jesus wrote, “Let your yes be yes and your no be no”.
Stop saying to yourself, “later, tomorrow, next week, after tax season, next quarter…” (insert your procrastination term here!).
Start saying “I commit to doing the things I say I will do when I say I will do them.”
The best time to start is RIGHT NOW!