Procrastination is one of the global problems we face and it is has detrimental effects in our way to success. Darius Foroux puts it well on how to combat it in his book ( Do It Today ).
Every time I put off a decision, hit the snooze button, skipped the gym, or didn’t complete my tasks because I didn’t feel like it, I always had an explanation for my continual procrastination. I told myself I was tired. Or that it could wait until tomorrow. Who cares if you put off something, right? Well, you should care. Because you’re the one who’s responsible for your life. Too often, we look at productivity tips, apps or tools as the magic answer to our problems. But that also means we allow ourselves to blame external things for our lack of productivity.
“No, it’s not me, it’s my old laptop. It sucks, and I can’t work this way.”
“The office is too loud.” “People keep calling and emailing me.” “I never have time.”
Battling procrastination is an inner battle.
Compounding our time effectively
What you do today determines where you will be in a year, two years, and even ten years from now. Every single day, we keep on doing things that we don’t desire. I’m not talking about paying the bills or cleaning your toilet. I’m talking about how you invest the majority of your time. The time that sums up your life. When I was 13 or 14 years old, I watched the movie Fight Club for the first time together with one of my friends. One line has been engraved on mind ever since that moment: “You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank.” I’m glad I watched that movie back then. I’ve watched the movie more than a dozen times, and I’ve read the book more than once. That single thought inspired me to become independent. I’m not my job. And I’m certainly not my bank account.” But who are we, if we are not those things? For the past 17 or 18 years, I’ve been meditating on that question. As of now, I believe that we are our actions. And our actions reveal our character. That’s who we are. The funny thing is that we are our job. After all, we spend the majority of our time earning a living. We trade time for money. Whether you like it or not, you have to spend a part of your life doing that. Most people end up trading time for money during their entire life. But a few of us spend their time in a way now, that they have a better life tomorrow.