When Are You Going to Give It Up?

Lent is only a few weeks away. It's a time of rebirth and revitalization. On the Christian calendar, Lent is the 40-day period from Ash Wednesday to Easter. For those not familiar with Lent, it is a time when we give up something that is important to us, usually, something that we consider an indulgence. For these 40 days, we deny ourselves, and then on the final day, Easter Sunday, we stop, and go back to the old behavior.

But what if we were to give up something less trivial?

Something that's not chocolate, desserts, dairy, or cigarettes. What if we gave up something that slowed us down or made us less productive? Maybe even something that we all could do with less of in our lives.

I'm talking about procrastination!

The problem with procrastination is that it saps us of our ability to do things. Instead of writing that book, exercising, starting up that business or even learning another language, we sit and we browse the internet, watch countless hours of television, or just stare into space. In extreme cases, we start lots of little projects and then one-by-one, they slowly fall by the wayside.

Of course, we all need a little "me" time, but procrastination tends to be much more detrimental than simply spending time on what you want to do. Procrastination is unproductive time, time spent doing something that wears you down without conferring any real benefit.

So regardless of whether or not you observe Lent, why not take 40 days to give up procrastination? Give it up!

After all, it's only 40 days, during which you can really focus on when you procrastinate and why:

Do you tend to put things off when you're stressed?

Do you spend long hours just doing nothing productive?

Does fear or lack of confidence hinder you from making a commitment to do bigger things?

So rather giving up a luxury, try something else. Give up procrastination, and watch as you get even more done!

My challenge for you this week:

Begin prepping to leave the ranks of those who procrastinate by taking the following steps:

  1. Write down the reasons you procrastinate.

  2. Remind yourself of the goals you desire to achieve this year.

  3. Make a list of tasks you can perform during the time periods you typically find yourself procrastinating.

  4. Make 8.5 x 11 copies of the above list and place a copy in each of the locations you usually engage in procrastination-home and work.

When you complete this week's challenge, you'll find yourself getting more accomplished and closer to reaching those goals that you have set for yourself...and you'll never want to go back to your old behavior!

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