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[proh-kras-tuh-ney-shuh n, pruh‐] noun the act or habit of putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention. “
Eliminating Procrastination: Back to the Basics
Sometimes rudimentary revelations hit so hard they’re able to knock the wind out of people. I believe the Annie Dillard quote, “How you spend your days is how you spend your life,” is one of those times.
It’s easier to “waste” a day when one doesn’t think that it’s connected to their life which is why it is imperative to make that connection daily. It is when the connection is lost that people find destructive habits such as procrastination.
It’s also imperative that you recognize the root of your procrastination. This takes an incredible amount of self-awareness and humility. While it may be difficult, this consciousness is key. After all, if you don’t know your enemy—you’ll never know where or what to fight.
This truth differs from person to person, but it is more or less the same: fear, laziness, insecurity, etc. To figure this out for yourself, start asking the tough ‘why’ questions and it will be clear enough. Why do you stay in a job you hate? Why are your projects never completed? Why?
Next, it’s time to create a plan of action. After all, implementing a plan is procrastination’s kryptonite. When creating your plan of action, ask yourself, “What can I do today, that will get me to my ultimate goal?” And, a plan is only good when implemented. So, make sure to follow through.
You’ll know if your plans are working if you can see your behavior transform from week to week. You should also see visible progress. However, don’t be afraid to alter your plan from time to time to achieve your ultimate goal. Always keep your end goal in mind.
It’s as easy as 1-2-3.
Make a Change Where It’s Needed the Most.
The average person will spend roughly 1/3 of their life working. After you factor in commute, sleeping, and other basic necessities — there’s not a whole lot of day left for much else!
That’s an incredible amount of wasted time, energy, and resources on something if you don’t love your career path. Yet, even knowing all of that, work procrastination consistently happens.
Often, you’ll hear someone describe their job along the lines of: I can’t leave because I’ve been here for X-amount of years, I’m only here until…, and once I save X-amount then I can finally…
Procrastination is all that those statements really represent. Instead of implementing a plan for change, they stay the same day after day, year after year — until one day, their life is over. So instead, when all their days are used up, they ask themselves, “Did any of it matter?”
However, it doesn’t have to be that way.
It’s never too late or too early to switch to your dream career. Take our career for instance. Hundreds of our agents now know what it’s like to fulfill a career dream — without hesitation or procrastination, they will tell you they’re building their own business, have unlimited earning potential, and actually make a difference in their job. Not to mention, each day they go to work in the field, they are building up a residual income that will leave a legacy for their families.
Now, is the time to know what it’s like to live your dream job.