Why is it so convenient to shift responsibilities on tomorrow or a later time than now? Are we so confident in tomorrow? Does tomorrow guarantee a better chance of success than now? Does tomorrow reduce our responsibility for the task at hand? The truth is- we will still be responsible for what needs to be done, whether we do it now or later. Neither tomorrow or today will take responsibility for what we should do. So, why do we procrastinate?
Procrastination offers us the temporary satisfaction of shifting responsibility till a later time. But if we understand the implications of procrastination, some of which are examined below, we would think twice before allowing ourselves get lured by procrastination.
The difficulty of any task does not get reduced by time. You will expend the same amount of thought, energy and resources on a task today that you will tomorrow, that is if the demands do not even increase with time; except, when you are obeying an instruction from God to wait till a later day before taking action.
Dealing with tasks/responsibilities at hand clears up space for greater and more productive responsibilities that pave way for greater achievement and success. We are built by the challenges we’ve conquered and our skills gets sharpened by responsibilities. So when we procrastinate on dealing with these responsibilities or tasks, we postpone our growth and the development of our abilities to handle greater responsibilities that definitely come with greater rewards.
Procrastination also prevents us from conceiving greater possibilities, because we are still caught up in the unfulfillment of the present tasks. Our thoughts are on the task yet undone, living less room for creative imagination.
The temptation to procrastinate is very alluring because of the promise of the temporary ease we enjoy- the ease of not having to pay the price now. We need to realise that procrastination can only delay our life’s fulfillment, we have to be willing to pay the price now and reap the rewards as at when due, instead of delaying our destiny.
Procrastination becomes even more deadly when we procrastinate on a direct instruction from God. Stepping out later than God intends causes us to miss out on his move. Don’t postpone till tomorrow what you can do know, regardless of what you think it will cost you to do it now. When God gives instructions, he makes available the strength and resources to do them, and we will not discover these provisions if we don’t act. Thus, if you don’t act now, you miss out on God’s move.
An effective way to overcome procrastination is to act. There is no other way to it; action is the only remedy against inaction. Don’t wait on your feelings; just do what you have to do, inasmuch as you know it is the right thing to be done at that time. Understand time and seasons, and don’t in your effort not to procrastinate do things when their time is not right.
Commit your heart to maximising your life, do what you have to do at the right time. Don’t clutter up your life with ‘undones’, free up space for greater achievements. Do it now! Don’t procrastinate!