We all have a habit of putting things off until tomorrow but what, as the song says “if tomorrow never comes”. How many Facebook posts have we seen, telling us that our time is our most precious asset. Every other asset we have can be replaced except our time. If we lose a million dollars we can make another million, if we lose our house we can build another one but if we waste our time then we can never get back even one single second of it. So we need to learn to value our time and use it wisely. Treat your time as a precious asset and don’t waste even a single second of it. 

1. Learn to value your own time.

Our life is all about choices. Wasting time can mean different things to different people. For some people a holiday lying on a beach might be the greatest waste of time ever, for others it might be an essential rejuvenating experience which enables them to get back to normal life with a renewed vim and vigour, ready to face any new challenge. The point is that you get to decide for yourself. You can decide what activities are a good use of your time and which activities are wasting your time. 

So how do you like to waste your time.We all have our favourite ways of avoiding what we really know we should be doing whether it is watching TV, Facebook, Whatsapp, sleeping, talking endlessly on the phone, etc, etc etc. While these activities are all very good in themselves, just consider how much of your precious time they steal away, never to be returned. So for one week take a notebook and write down exactly how many hours or minutes these time-thieves steal from you each day. Note down precisely how long you spend each day on things that are non-essential  or non-productive. You will be amazed at just how much of your time you allow to be stolen away each day until you learn to overcome procrastination

So what are the essential things we need to spend our time on? Sleeping and eating are a given I suppose, the rest of the list is up to you, exercise, prayer, family duties, go ahead and make your own list. It all depends on your personal circumstances. Only you know what is essential for your life. 

2. Keep focusing on your long term goals 

Begin with the end in mind. The most important way in which we can overcome procrastination is by focusing on what we really want in our lives. It helps us appreciate the significance of each step on our journey towards those goals and it helps give a meaning and significance to each of the daily tasks which will bring us closer to that goal.

3. Write things down. 

Writing down our tasks. even ones which we do not consider particularly significant can help in avoiding procrastination.  The very act of writing the task somehow makes it real and removes it from the realm of our minds and puts it on paper in the real world. Writing down our jobs for the following day can be very helpful because it focuses us on what we need to do.  It helps us to stop hopping from one thing to another. By writing down or tasks in advance we can begin to to evaluate which of them are more important and we can allocate suitable time to accomplish these tasks

4. Keep reminding yourself of the consequences of doing something. 

What will happen if I do this and what will happen if I don’t do this?. Every time we are tempted to put off a task  we should ask ourselves  this question. How will it benefit me in the future if I do this now and what difficulty will it cause for me if I do not do it now.  I would suggest that you write down the answer to this question so that you and see in black and white the consequences of the choice that you are about to make. Almost everything that we do is either to gain some benefit or pleasure for ourselves or else to avoid some  pain or difficulty. Remind yourself comstantly that if you don’t do what you are supposed to do today it  will eventually become a pain point for you. Everything that we do is either to have pleasure or to avoid pain. In the long run the pain we are avoiding by not doing something will be negated by pain that will come later on down the line because we have not done it.

5. Eat that frog.

Bestselling author Brian Tracy in his book Eat that Frog says that we should identify the most difficult thing that we will have to do each day and we should do that task first thing in the morning. He uses the idea if we have to eat the biggest, ugliest frog that we can imagine, it is best do it first thing in the morning so that everything else which we will have to do during the day will seem very much easier in comparison

6. Figure out why you are Procrastinating

It is very important to identify the reasons behind our procrastination.  For ome people it may be a lack of self confidence.  It might be because we are not clear about our long-term goals and objectives. It might be because we are not really sure of the value of what we are doing; it may simply be pure laziness. Once we have identified the reason behind Procrastination then we can we can to work on the root cause instead of the symptoms

 7. Find someone to hold you accountable. . 

If you have a tendency for Procrastination then it is very important to find someone to be accountable to. This could be a colleague, a family member or preferably a coach. Procrastinators tend to try to explain away the things that they know that they should be doing but are not doing. It is easy to explain away  things to ourselves, not so easy to explain away things before another person . So it can be very helpful to have a coach who will help you to hold yourself accountable for things that you say you will do and things that you know you should do. 

8. Set Good Goals 

And finally we come to the most powerful and effective method of avoiding procrastination. This is to have absolutely clear and well defined goals which are developed into a plan which is foremost in our minds and on which we are working each and every day. Our goals formed into a plan give us a step by step journey towards achieving what we want in life.The clearer our plan is for achieving those goals, the clearer and stronger will our motivation be each day to follow each of the little steps that bring us closer to that goal. Our well defined Goals are the principal aim (or aims) towards which our life is directed. If we  have clearly identified Goals then we will spend more time and effort working on them. This will, of course, increase our likelihood of success. Everything that is bringing us closer to achieving our Goals is productive and anything that is not bringing us any closer to it is non-productive. It’s as simple as that.  Have you noticed that every successful person is sharply focussed on achieving their goals? That is not a coincidence. To achieve your goals you have to focus your available time on achieving them  by banishing the time thieves to the periphery of your life