How To Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done
Procrastinating is the act of putting important and urgent things off by doing something more interesting or more pleasurable. Like watching TV, or by using the biggest time suck of all: Facebook.
“My advice is never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Charles Dickens
Of course, procrastinating is a normal part of life for many people. But for some, the thought of meeting deadlines, pushes them to breaking point and forces them to look to do anything instead of the task in hand. But it’s these hardcore deadline dodgers that pushes friendships, relationships and bosses to the brink.
According to a US study, procrastination costs employers $10,396 per employee annually. That’s serious money. It was derived from a survey of 10,000 Americans (assuming they were on average salaries and they didn’t procrastinate about doing the research) who admitted to wasting more that two hours a day on non job activities.
It’s not just the work that’s suffering either. According to research, procrastinators suffers from more stress related illnesses, such as colds, flu and headaches. But its not just employees, entrepreneurs and business owners that are experts at procrastinating.
The author JRR Tolkien famously suffered from perfectionism and procrastination in equal measures, spending almost 16 years on his next major project after writing the Lord of Rings Trilogy.
“It’s the job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish” – J.R.R Tolkein
Even former US President Bill Clinton was called “punctually challenged” by his Vice President Al Gore. If you want to stop procrastinating and get things done: try these 7 tips