After you exert this type of discipline long enough, you will establish a routine and make a new habit. Behavioral studies suggest that if you do something every day for 21 days, it becomes a habit. Be action oriented for the next 30 days and you will master procrastination.
"Discipline is the key. Discipline is respecting a commitment to yourself and doing what you have to do, even when you don't want to do it." - Bob Urichuck
Avoid procrastination. Procrastination is the process of habitually putting things off. It is tempting to make excuses: "I don't have the time", "I think they said they were going to be in meetings all day, so I didn't call", "This could take forever; I'll do it when I have a spare day."
Procrastination can cause you to miss deadlines, leading to lost opportunities and income, lower productivity and wasted time. It will lower your motivation, heighten your stress and generate frustration and anger. Is this the way you want to live?
Take control of your life now! Reverse the procrastination habit by being as clever about completing things as you have been about putting them off. Don't expect to find time to achieve your goals. The only way to get time is to make time. Start by committing to a do-it-now mentality.
A do-it-now attitude makes you a self-starter -- a person who can recognize a need and take appropriate action without waiting to be told to. As a self-starter you will avoid the pressure, frustration and anxiety that come from having others tell you what and how to do things. You exercise your creativity in solving problems and doing work. As a result, you are more productive. You take maximum advantage of every opportunity, your sense of timing sharpening. You seldom miss something you want because of being late. Your services become more eagerly sought-after.
This type of do-it-now attitude will also help you overcome your resistance to dealing with unpleasant tasks. Don't delay your gratification by delaying the unpleasant tasks. By tackling them first, you get them over with and can get on with the more pleasant things in life.
Here are some action-oriented techniques to apply each day.
Determine your most productive time of the day and dedicate it to "I" time. "I" time is for you to do whatever you have to do that will bring you closer to achieving your goals. It may be as simple as visualizing the accomplishment of your goals. The point is to dedicate the most productive time for the most important person in the world.
Once you have set your goals and have prioritized the actions take your annual goals and break them down into months, weeks and days. Do the same with each day's activities. Request a free soft copy of the Monthly Monitor chart* to monitor yourself on a daily basis for the next 30 days.
The first two letters of goal are go. Now it is time to get going.
End each day by writing a prioritized to-do list for the next day. At the end of each week and month do the same for the next week and month. Get organized. Use a daily planner. You will be better organized if you write down everything.
Clear your mind of clutter. Solve problems while they are small. Whatever you do, do it once, to the best of your ability, and move on. Question all tasks to make sure they are worthwhile. Do the worst or hardest jobs first.
Be decisive and remove time wasters from your activities. When evening comes and your next day's to-do list is written, celebrate. Action that gets rewarded gets repeated.
An action-oriented person is proactive. When you are proactive, you have initiative - you can see a need, figure out how to best satisfy it, determine the appropriate time to take the right action, and proceed. When you are proactive, you lead. When you lead, you take control of yourself and get what you want out of life.