Accomplishing Your Power List
The habit of delaying action, decision, or doing things that needs to be done or undone has been part and will remain part of human character.
The gravity of this habit in each individual varies. Find out if the habit of procrastination is doing more harm than you imagined and know how to overturn it to become action-oriented.
Practically, everyone has a list of “things-to-do.” I do not know how you call your list but I call mine My Power List. Every time I cross out an accomplished task on the list, I feel the surge of power and a boost in my self-esteem due to the sense of fulfillment and achievement.
However, there are times when an item on the list is “gathering dust.” This is procrastination in progress. For an item to avoid “gathering dust” in the list, strike it out. Obviously, the item is not important; otherwise, it would not be sitting there for ages. If you cannot strike it out, give it a date and a reasonable timetable, and be sure to follow through.
If you delay action or decision, in the hope that the delay will do more good than harm, you are actually deceiving yourself. The item has to be accomplished. Otherwise, you would not have listed it. Before listing an item in your “things-to-do,” decide right there and then if the action is necessary or not.
Every item on the list considered as important requires appropriate action or decision. If you feel that you do not have the right skill and experience in accomplishing the task, seek professional assistance. The assistance you seek is worth the satisfaction you will feel after having accomplished the job.
There are jobs that you cannot immediately do, but must still be done. In this case, it should be scheduled. The schedule must be reasonable and must be faithfully followed. Anything unreasonably added to a schedule is a candidate for delay.
When you see a delayed road project or lag time in projects involving public utilities, how do you feel as a citizen? You feel like confronting the people responsible for the project and give them a piece of your mind, right? How about doing the same thing to yourself whenever you feel like procrastinating?
Delayed action or decision is also the result of indecision. Lack of knowledge and skills, fear of failure, or a combination of these factors may cause indecision. Access to accurate information is needed to overcome procrastination. You are less likely to put off decisions when you feel your data gathering activity have reached saturation point.
You may need to be harsh to yourself to get things done. Obligating yourself to do things on time is a way of gaining freedom from procrastination.
Eventually, you will have to decide or act on your “things-to-do” list. Why don’t you do it sooner to relieve yourself of the burden?