Questions to Ask Yourself When It's Time to Show Procrastination the Door
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Questions to Ask Yourself When It's Time to Show Procrastination the Door

Are you waiting on something? Or procrastinating? Is there a daunting task ahead of you that you keep putting off?

Procrastination. It's an art form. It comes in many different shapes and sizes. And it's so easy to do. It doesn't take an education to accomplish it. You can do it any time of the day. And you can even do it when you're in the middle of something else.

Why do we procrastinate? Is it because we dread the outcome? Is it because if we start, we'll discover that we really aren't any good at the particular thing we're putting off? Or is it because a particular goal or task seems impossible to accomplish?

Sometimes a plan seems daunting and we're thinking, "how could it possibly work?" Like in the Book of Judges when God told Gideon to lead an army of 300 to defeat the city. And you're thinking, "Seriously? That's how you have this planned?" But it tells a greater story and gives more glory to God when a seemingly impossible situation turns into victory.

When does something seem impossible in everyday life? Here are a few examples:

  • When you have to learn a ton of information in a short amount of time.
  • When you have a tight deadline or a lot to do in a quick time frame.
  • When bills seem to exceed income but somehow still get paid.
  • When we lack physical strength but somehow seem to possess superhuman abilities for a specific purpose.
  • When we have a lofty goal but somehow manage to pull it off.

What other examples can you come up with?

Sometimes the success of a situation really just depends on our perception of it.

Do we really lack the time to start writing a novel (or working toward our dreams)? Or are we just putting it off because we're afraid of something? Are we letting our perceptions get in the way? Are we believing that we can't possibly accomplish it with the time we think we have available? Do we think we need to learn all of the details before we can start? Are we suffering when we should just be doing? Is procrastination really just a lack of faith and belief?

Today's Challenge to Combat Procrastination

We all have our reasons for why something can't be done. But my challenge to you is this: let go of those reasons and start taking action today. Start writing. Start doing. Start working toward the dreams you've been putting off.

If it's something you haven't done or haven't done in a while, it's likely going to take some practice. But don't worry about the results. Just focus on taking one small step at a time.

Jody Calkins
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