Procrastination is the death of greatness.
Procrastination leads to a life of mediocrity.
Trust me, I know because by nature I am a procrastinator. It takes everything I have to set a schedule and stick to it.
If I don’t plan ahead and set a schedule, I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll be scrambling get things done at the last minute.
I hate procrastination.
The method I use to beat procrastination is:
- Plan ahead
For me, getting things done now rather than later means MUST set a plan of attack ahead of time. Prior to every mission we launched in the Coast Guard we used a method called the GAR in every planning brief everyone involved in the mission – whether law enforcement, search and rescue, or an environmental response – we went over the plan in detail.
GAR stands for Green, Amber, Red. There were several catoergy that the team would collectively rate on a scale of 1-10. Ten being the most dangerous, one being little or no danger.
The team then used the result to determine the best method of approach for any given circumstance. Maybe we needed new equipment, new personal, or maybe we wouldn’t launch at all. Not launching was the hardest pill to swallow.
The point I am trying to make here is to plan ahead before you undertake any task.
- Stay Motivated
Motivation is not permanent, neither is showering. That’s why I recommend doing it daily – Zig Ziglar.
People, often confuse motivation with discipline. The two are far from the same. Motivation gets you going. Discipline keeps you moving.
To beat procrastination at any level – you have got to stay motivated.
How I stay motivated is reviewing my daily, weekly, and long-term goals as often as possible. Usually twice per day.
Having your goals fresh in your mind keeps you focused on them. Sometimes un the gauntlet of life we tend to forget why we started something. Life hits you in the mouth and leaves your head spinning. We forget, get tired, and give up.
Review your goals. DAILY.
- Stay Disciplined
Just as above. Discipline is the secret ingredient. Discipline in the kryptonite to procrastination. If you stay motivated and have a plan you are planting the seeds of discipline.
Now you have to water these seeds and allow them to come to fruition. Developing discipline starts with you. Start keeping promises you make to yourself. The easiest way to do this is set an alarm, and get your ass out of bed when it rings.
Start your day by keeping this promise to yourself.
Next, set daily goals and work on them. Don’t do anything else until you get done at least 3 things from your daily goals.
- Take action
Take action toward your goal. So many people try to get their stars to align before they ever get moving. The stairs will never be in perfect alignment.
It doesn’t matter. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
Start small, set a few daily goals and start knocking them off. One by one. Day by day. You are getting closer to your big goals.
Start moving, now.
- Do it now
Do it now principle closely matches the take action concept above.
You might not have everything ready. So what. Do it now anyways. Maybe you aren’t ready. It doesn’t matter. You’ve got to get in the water before you can learn to swim. So jump in.