I am writing this to have you intimated on a burglar named procrastination that has been lurking around you.
I remembered the different visions and goals you planned to achieve earlier. I could picture you on that fateful night as you were trying to cross your T’s and also dot your I’s. I am much grateful to you that you were able to draft those plans and had them documented successfully.
However, it has been a while and I noticed that you haven’t taken necessary actions and steps towards getting those goals achieved and having those visions come to fruition. I was watching you afar off with keen interest as you kept shifting grounds and was postponing.
I feel sad writing this to you but I have to because time isn’t on our side any longer. Seconds have turned to minutes, minutes to hours, hours to days, days to weeks and the weeks are gradually turning to years.
I just want to remind you that the tomorrow you envisioned might not come to reality. I guess it is best if you could start now. I would be awaiting your actions.
Your Inner Mind.
The above is a clear cut picture of the life of one who procrastinates. Procrastination, as it is said regularly, is the smartest and fastest thief of time. Needless to say that it prevents one from reaching the goals which one has set.
If there is any challenge people face with respect to time management, then it is the challenge of procrastination. I remember vividly several times I was at loggerheads with my dad for my inability to do things at the right time. Thankfully, I have learned under severe and extreme conditions the valuable lesson of doing the right things at the right time using the right approach and to refrain from procrastination.
Surprisingly, many people aren’t aware of the cost of procrastination which ranges from insomnia, inability to make good decisions, lack of organization and what have you.
Many people are caught in the web of this disease. These ranges from students who put off reading for examination periods, to office workers who postpone the report they were to write or probably of the poor village boy who got a sponsor for his education and shoved it till a later date or the case of the sick individual who pushed going to the hospital for medical treatment till a later date till it ended in death. All of the above are some common examples of procrastination.
You and I most times are aware of the grave dangers of procrastination. Unfortunately, we keep consoling our tender hearts with the erroneous belief that there is tomorrow. Sadly, tomorrow never sees the light of the day.
I wouldn’t want to dwell much on the causes and effects of procrastination. The good news, however, is that this deadly disease can be cured if the following principles and practices are applied:
1. Have the consciousness of time and understand its importance.
2. Set goals and deadlines.
3. Prioritise and have a clear gap between urgent, important and emergency tasks.
4. Avoid distractions and set a deadline.
5. Reward yourself if you are able to achieve all the above.
Procrastination is a misery/disaster and the greatest regrets in life are apportioned to those who engage in procrastination. Would you want to join the band? I am pretty sure that your answer is no right? Then start now!
Writer: Momoh, Emmanuel Omeiza