Updated: Feb 14
Procrastination is the thief of time
Be wise to-day; ’tis madness to defer; Next day the fatal precedent will plead; Thus on, till wisdom is pushed out of life. Procrastination is the thief of time; Year after year it steals, till all are fled, And to the mercies of a moment leaves The vast concerns of an eternal scene.
By Edward Young
I grew up hearing this idiom, my mom you see had all these sayings and often she would say when again, I had not completed my chores that had been assigned for the day “Angela, procrastination is the thief of time” go do your chores right now, this very minute or else… Of course, I didn’t want the or else so guess what? I ran and did what needed to get done, mmmmn, can I be honest not all of the time. You see I would get in a good book or start playing with my friends, and the next thing you know it’s way past time and I would be reaping the consequences ( no fun I can tell you) Mom’s consequences oh bwoy…I grew up in Jamaica so let your imagination go wild on what that could mean…
Years, yes, years later in life I finally got what my mom was teaching me, I have no idea why it took me so long to finally get it that putting off an action till Someday was not a good idea because it leads to time wasting, one day you look up and 10 years have passed and because of inaction Someday never came. You must act quickly, if it is a necessary task … do it today. As Tony Robbins would say, “Take Massive Action today” Yes, Do it right now! This is the opportune time..
Procrastination is a trap that many of us fall into. In fact, according to researcher and speaker Piers Steel, 95 percent of us procrastinate to some degree. Wow! 95 % …Astounding …While it may be comforting to know that you're not alone, it can be sobering to realize just how much it can hold you back.
By procrastinating, we are letting time slip past our very eyes and doing nothing about it. Procrastination is the thief of time because it steals away the beauty of what time brings us… A poem that got my attention …listen
Poem – I have only just a minute. by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
I have only just a minute, Only sixty seconds in it.
Forced upon me, can’t refuse it.
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it.
But it’s up to me
to use it.
I must suffer if I lose it.
Give account if I abuse it.
Just a tiny little minute,
but eternity is in it.
Yesterday is lost, tomorrow is a promise, we must cease today and get it done.. I have definitely learnt this the hard way…lots of consequences that were not good, but thank God I finally got it before it is too late …. on my death bed.
The good book says: A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. –Proverbs 10:4
So, because we desire to be rich, spiritually, in our relationships, financially and socially let’s unpack why most people procrastinate
There are 3 main reasons most people procrastinate (1) they pursue perfectionism, that’s a dream, not achievable, excellence is achievable (2) are fearful of doing badly at the task, or (3) are simply too disorganized with their time and resources.
How can we overcome procrastination?
Step 1: Recognize that you are procrastinating – Are you putting off a necessary task because you want to avoid it
Step 2: Work out why you’re procrastinating – Do you find it boring or unpleasant (if so, just take steps to get it done)
Step 3: Adopt some Anti- Procrastination Strategies (example)
Forgive yourself for procrastinating in the past, this will make you feel more positive about yourself and help you to reduce the likelihood of you procrastinating further
Commit to the task to be accomplished/ Specify time to be completed
Promise yourself a reward/ treat
Seek an Accountability partner/ coach
Complete the tasks you find least pleasant first thing …
So let’s see what is our takeaway
Procrastination is the habit of delaying an important task, usually by focusing on less urgent, more enjoyable, and easier activities instead
Procrastination can restrict your potential and undermine your career. It can also disrupt teamwork, reduce morale, and even lead to depression and job loss. So, it's crucial to take proactive steps to prevent it.
The first step to overcoming procrastination is to recognize that you're doing it. Then, identify the reasons behind your behavior and use appropriate strategies to manage and overcome it.
Be wise to-day; ’tis madness to defer; today will not return,it will be hopelessly lost
No way can you make up for yesterday
Take heed! My friends, Cease the day... Today
Do not delay.