“Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food.”
Procrastinate (v): delay or postpone action; put off doing something.
“Do not love sleep” is something that most of us can probably say we don’t follow very well. Everyone, including myself, enjoys a great nap or sleeping in every morning. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad thing whatsoever. But it CAN BECOME something dangerous. As humans we have the ability to choose when we do something. I kind of talked about that in “Actions speak louder than words” but now we’re talking about the decision we face when it comes to doing your work or laying down to take a nap or watch Netflix.
The latter becomes what is called procrastination. Procrastination itself is not a real thing! We create it. It does not exist if we do not give it the ability to exist.
The way we defeat it is by choosing to do your work over that inner voice that tells you that you can do it later. I know, a lot easier said than done. Even I procrastinate, I won’t lie about that. But I have developed an idea on how to beat it!
Tips to beat procrastinaion
- Wake up earlier!
- Every morning my alarm goes off at 4:30am. I get up and get to the gym at 5. Train till 7ish and then I generally have class at 8am on Tuesday/Thursday and 10am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Tuesday and Thursday are a little different because I shower and go to class right off the bat but I get my workout done. Leaving the rest of the day after class for homework and whatever I need to do that day.
- On the other days, I have about 2 hours until I have to leave for class after my workout. This extra time in the morning makes a world of difference. This morning I was able to get all of my homework and scripture readings done BEFORE 9am. Leaving the rest of my day after class wide open for whatever I want to do, such as write this article.
- I’m not saying to wake up at 5am, but just try pushing your alarm 15 minutes back every so often and start building up that extra time in the morning. Chance’s are that you’ll be more relaxed in the mornings and that will result in a better day overall!
- Make a to-do list every day.
- Everyday I sit down and write everything down that I want to accomplish/get done. When I complete it I simply mark it off. Simple right? Well it really will help you keep track and focused on what you need to get done. Along with this is setting dates on when you want to get certain things done by. Generally before the due date if it has one. Stop putting stress on your life for no reason, get things done before they are due!
- Put the higher priority items at the top of your list and get those done first! Then get the ones you don’t want to do out of the way, don’t save those for last. Chances are you won’t do them at all if you push them till the end of the day.
- And the most important one, pray every morning.
- Praying in the morning will be the biggest change that you can make when it comes to overcoming procrastination. Like I said, the little voice in your head that tells you to sleep in can be defeated. But it’s a heck of a lot easier when you ask God to help you out with it.
- This will take all the stress of the day away. Simply ask God to give you the focus to accomplish everything on your to-do list and for you to have the energy to complete everything. Listen to the voice that tells you you SHOULD do something, not that you shouldn’t. Pray every morning and watch God WORK!
- Here is an idea of how to pray for help with procrastination.