Resting Before You Get Hired

Jules Renard captured the definition of procrastination when he said, “Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired!”

The quote above is funny, but procrastinating is not. It is typically a habit, lack of discipline, time issue and is also coupled with a lack of motivation. Another very famous quote addressing the problem of procrastination is “Never put off tomorrow what could be done today” – Ben Franklin. This statement has two concepts. The first concept is being productive today will motivate you to be productive tomorrow. The second concept is by not putting things off, it will make you more productive on a daily basis. The ironic thing about time is that we all have the same exact amount of time. It is what we do with that time that makes the difference. Often, individuals who procrastinate also have a lack of confidence and self-esteem. Although challenging, there are a few things you can do to change if you are one who tends to procrastinate.

The first thing is to have the mind set of NOW! It is okay to plan for your future, but you should try to live in the here and now. This attitude helps you focus on what is happening at that very moment. If you make every moment count, you are less likely to want to miss anything. The second suggestion is to simply take action. Action itself cures hesitation. This is probably the quickest way to improve procrastination. By making a schedule and checking off every task you complete on time, it will allow you to track your progress and feel a sense of accomplishment when you did not delay the activities. This will also help build your overall self-esteem!