When I am lost or trying to find a clear path for my daily functioning and living, and figuring out where I want to be and to go, I turn to people who have been helping others to get on the path of self-actualization. I read a lot in those times, so that I could accumulate a critical mass of information that could trigger a break-through within me, my personal self.
One of the best women-inspirers out there in this field is Lucinda Cross. Yes, the Lucinda Cross the author of the Best-Seller of Corporate Mom Drop Outs.
What attracts me in Lucinda’s way of leading other people is her authenticity and right-on-it approach, meaning, she wants me to succeed in anything that my heart desires. And how she does it? By being my support, my cheer-leader, my mentor – the one whom I need at the moment of my distress or disappointment or loss.
I’ve been turning my heart to Lucinda’s books for over the year. Now, I would like you to benefit from her wisdom, experience and truly constructive thoughts that could lead you to your own personal success in the areas of your life’s desires.
Today, Lucinda Cross offers Celebrate Woman Today audience some perspective on procrastination by summing it up in “What Are You Waiting For?”
Then you’re ready for this one by Lucinda Cross.
What Are You Waiting For?
By Lucinda Cross
I am starting a Procrastination Rally. No More Procrastination. The roof, the roof is on fire, we don’t need no water let the procrastinator excuses burn, burn down long to do list, burn information hoarders, burn time wasters, burn baby burn.
Research shows that most of us spend up to 80% of our time on activities that have nothing to do with the success of our projects. We load ourselves down with endless tasks that keep us feeling busy, yet at the end of the day we wonder why we have accomplished so little and close to nothing.
Why do we miss deadlines, put off doing things we dislike, and accept stress and procrastination as a necessary part of life? What experiences have shaped the way you think about time? Do you need to rethink your views? If you were asked to speak to a group of students about the best way to use time, what would you say to them?
Please recognize that procrastination is keeping you from achieving all that you can in life.
Set deadlines for yourself, even when you don’t have to. You will never get it perfect enough, there will never be the perfect time, just do it and get it done to the best of your ability. You must learn when to say enough. Make the best decision and make a move. The important thing is to act. We live in an increasingly complex world; our information-gathering techniques can’t keep up with all the changing circumstances that affect our lives.
Force yourself to act.
Always ask yourself if a task needs to be done at all. Don’t get caught in the long drawn out to do list and nothing ever matters or means anything towards you getting your project done.
Ask yourself: What do all my tasks prove? Focus on getting things done, rather than on filling your day with more activities than you can possibly get around to. If you want to overcome procrastination, stop gathering information and get started on your project.