We all know that time is one of the most valuable resources that we do not have the luxury to waste. Unlike money, gold and other material things, the time we spend can never be recovered. All good time management courses will tell you that it is important to use and manage our time wisely.
One of the biggest time wasters in people's lives is procrastination. We all know what it is. Most people tend to delay doing things that should have been done a long time ago. When we continue to procrastinate, success will always be elusive in our lives. People who take action are those that will usually get ahead in life.
It may be hard to break procrastination because it is a behavior learned early in life and is hard wired into our subconscious mind.
To break the habit of procrastination, start doing the task at hand immediately. When there is something that needs to be done, start doing it right away. Do not wait until you are "in the mood" for doing it...that time will most likely never come.
Starting to do things immediately will effectively break the old habit of procrastination. You can start with the easy tasks and finish these first. Once the easy tasks are out of the way, you will start to feel good about your accomplishments and this will spark your mood to do more.
Do not aim for perfection when doing the task at hand. What matters most is getting started and then you can gain momentum to finish the greater jobs ahead. Always pursuing perfection to great detail is a waste of your time.
Write down your plan. It is very effective to have a daily plan because you can see which things are most important and which need to be addressed immediately. By writing down your plan, you can be more productive and actually save time by not doing the unnecessary and/or less important tasks.
And be sure when writing down your plan to make a schedule of what you will be doing for the entire day. This should include all the activities that you will do from the beginning to the end of the day.
Finally, set a deadline for your planned activities, making sure that you can finish the job at hand within the established time frame. Don't let a few small failures along the way derail your plan. Put procrastination where it belongs...under your feet!