Have you ever encountered this in your life?
In your business?
In your relationships?
In your spiritual life?
To me, I always encounter it in almost everything that I want to do.
I have so many plans, so many things in my mind that I want to do and accomplish.
I have so many ideas coming up in my head of things that I can do to help other people and to contribute to other people’s lives.
And for the longest time, I have been procrastinating many things that I should be doing. Be it daily tasks, weekly tasks or monthly tasks that I have to deal with, I always put it off.
And for the longest time, I have started to hate myself for putting off things especially the work that I need to do for my business and it has cost me and my family so much trouble just because I keep on putting off my tasks at work.
Ever felt the same way? And have you ever asked yourself the reason why you keep on putting things off?
When I tried to ask that question to myself, I could come up of so many reasons like:
- I can always do it tomorrow.
- I am not feeling well.
- I can’t focus at the moment.
- I feel so tired.
- I’m confused with what to do.
- I have to think first…..
- I promise to do it tomorrow and finish the task tomorrow.
- I’m quite scared what will happen next….
- I don’t know where to start….
- I have to rethink about this…
- I still need to do this before I can do that so I can do this……
- It’s still not perfect
- I feel so lazy to do it
- I can’t do it
- I just can’t do it…
As you can see clearly, I was able to program myself into thinking of reasons why I can put off whatever tasks or actions that I should be getting done.
And its a struggle between my thoughts and my desire to be able to finish what I want to start. But how can I finish something if I can’t even start it, right?
I have read so many blog posts and books teaching me on how to battle procrastination.
But unfortunately, I have taught myself to be a professional procrastinator and it’s quite hard to break it.
Then as I read my daily devotional from a book that I recently bought, Life on Purpose, I saw the title ” Putting Off Procrastination”. Perfect, I said to myself, just as I needed it, God truly knows how to answer.
It starts with this verse ” If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” Ecclesiastes11:4. I was amazed that even in the bible, God teaches us a lesson about procrastination. I never really thought of procrastination as deeply as it can affect my purpose in life and my desire to serve God, but after reading this daily devotional, it totally changed my whole perception about procrastination.
Just to define the meaning of procrastinate, it means “to put off doing until a future time, especially to postpone habitually.” If you have been procrastinating most of the time, you will get into a point where you would feel inadequate and fearful to do the things you need to do which makes you procrastinate more. But reading God’s word and how it talks about procrastination, 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” And God has blessed us with self control (Gal 5:23) to help us overcome procrastination.
What struck me the most in explaining why we should not procrastinate is what Proverbs 3:27-28 says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,When it is in your power to do it.Do not say to your neighbor, Go, and come back,And tomorrow I will give it,When you have it with you.” What does it mean?
God does not want us to put off doing good things to others. If we have tasks to do that would benefit other people and if God’s spirit is telling us to call someone, finish an important task in your business, send a text message, our timely response can make a world of difference to someone else’s life.
Procrastination robs us of blessings and being a blessing to other people. But if we practice diligence, the Bible says that diligent hands “bring wealth” and “will rule” .
Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. Proverbs 10:4
Hard-working hands gain control, but lazy hands do slave labor. Proverbs 12:24
After reading this, it made more sense to me to start putting off procrastination because I want to follow God’s word and receive God’s blessings so I can be a blessing to other people. So from now on, think of procrastination as putting off your blessings, resist the temptation and God’s power will abide in you. Go ahead and take the first step towards your victory and claim the success that God has in store for you!
Say this Prayer:
Lord, show me how to overcome procrastination, laziness and passivity. Help me to practice diligence and tackle my obligations and tasks with vigor. Remind me that time is a precious resource that You have given us , and teach me to make the most of it. Thank you that my diligence will bring me heavenly and earthly rewards!