5 simple tips that can help even the worst procrastinators.
Posted Jun 18, 2017
Have you ever sat down to work on a report, or your resume, or a speech you’ve been asked to give, and then realized it would be much less stressful to check the sports scores or play solitaire or surf Facebook? If so, join the crowd: 80 percent of college students are procrastinators, and at least 20 percent of the adult population as well — though, of course, many of them may have just never been motivated to actually complete the surveys. The point is, lots of people procrastinate — for the most part, to their detriment.
But there is hope for those of us who, like Herman Melville when writing Moby-Dick, need to be chained to our desks to complete a piece of work. Here are my top 5 tips for overcoming procrastination:
1. Start your day with the hardest task — if you’re up for it.
This is the old Mark Twain advice to eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. Translated to modern times: Do the most challenging and difficult to-do item on your list before anything else, and you will have checked it off. It’s good advice, but only if you’re actually up for it. Some of us just might not be our best selves first thing in the morning and, in fact, might be better off eating our frogs in the afternoon or the evening, when we’re at our peak performance level. So, the advice here is to realize when you’re going to be your best self — and at that point, eat your frog.
2. Do quick to-do’s super quickly.
I remember getting advice early in my career to keep all sorts of email folders to manage inflow into my inbox — folders telling me to respond tomorrow, or respond Friday, or respond next week. At the time, I thought how overwhelming and inefficient that sounded (and no wonder, since the advice came from someone who was himself quite inefficient). My best practice now is to make a super quick assessment of an incoming message, think about if I can realistically respond immediately, and then just do it. I can report that with this strategy, I currently have only 12 total messages in my inbox as I write this.
3. Make your intentions public (and be accountable to someone).
If overcoming procrastination is outside your comfort zone, as it is for many of us, make a pledge to take the leap — and, ideally, make that pledge public. You don’t necessarily have to announce it to the world — especially if you’re a private person and don’t really want to share what you’re working on. But find someone supportive to whom you can be accountable, and tell them. It might be a close friend, or a colleague, or a group you belong to. What matters is that the more accountable you are accountable, the more likely it becomes that you’ll follow through.
4. Reward yourself for small wins.
Procrastination and “perfectionism” often go hand in hand. Those of us who are perfectionists and high achievers might not necessarily feel it’s worth celebrating that we started to respond to a few more emails or were able to accomplish our most difficult task first thing in the morning, but these are achievements worth noting and celebrating. It’s not easy to take the plunge and do something outside your comfort zone. Celebrate your small win and move onto the next one.
5. Remember: Not all procrastination is bad.
Adam Grant suggests that procrastination can actually serve a useful purpose, by allowing yourself to consider different ideas, think in original ways, and then come back to the task at hand. Of course, there is a really important caveat here — that you actually return to the task — because if you don’t, then basking in the worthiness of procrastination becomes itself yet another tricky procrastination technique.
In the end, it can be challenging to overcome procrastination, but with a plan in place and the courage to take it forward, you can make great strides in your time management and productivity.
Andy Molinsky is the author of Reach and Global Dexterity.
A version of this article originally published at Inc.com.
The Five-Minute Takeoff Approach
Another powerful method for overcoming procrastination is what Harvard instructor Tal Ben-Shahar calls the “Five-Minute Takeoff.” He said that this approach is the single most important technique to emerge from research on procrastination. Basically, we commit to performing just a “mini step” — a micro version of the task we’ve been postponing (such as writing a single page, or doing 3 exercise repetitions). Surprisingly often, doing a mini step dissolves our resistance and bypasses our fear, effortlessly leading us to complete our long-postponed undertaking. If necessary, we can repeat the mini step. For the ultimate in motivation, we can also track the “chain” or “streak” of days on which we’ve completed all our mini steps.
I recently created a free iPhone app based on the “Five-Minute Takeoff” approach. The app is called “Mini Steps: End Procrastination, Build Good Habits.” It lets you track multiple tasks and allows you to choose from a large set of predefined tasks or create your own. It includes an onscreen timer and alarm for your timed mini steps, and it displays an activity ring that shows your daily progress at a glance. With an inexpensive, optional upgrade, Mini Steps also tracks your chain/streak of successful days, displays reminder notifications even when the app isn’t running, presents inspiring quotes, and more.
I would like to invite Psychology Today readers who have iPhones or iPads to try out the free app and let me know what you think of it!
We’ve all been there. We have every intention of completing something, but we convince ourselves that it’s OK to do it later. Updating that resume? It can wait. Starting that business plan? Maybe in a few days. What we may not realize is that in putting off our goals time and time again, we are actually wearing ourselves out. Philosopher William James was not understating procrastination when he said, “Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an unfulfilled goal.” Heavy. So why do we do it, and how can we stop?
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The list of things we can procrastinate on is endless, but the list of reasons for why we procrastinate is not. We avoid every task for the same reason: fear of pain. Sure, you might say you’re too busy or too tired to get started, but at the root of it all, you’re not starting the work because doing so would cause you a certain amount of pain.
I was working with a career coaching client, we’ll call her Jane, who couldn’t bring herself to update her resume and apply for that job. She hired me not only for career direction and resume tips, but also to have an accountability partner. Through the work we did together, I discovered it wasn’t a time constraint that was keeping her from updating her resume; it was her fear of rejection of not getting the job. Once we uncovered this fear, we were able to work not only on her resume, but on her mindset as well.
Whether you chronically put off a bunch of small to-dos on your never-ending list at work, or have trouble starting on that one big project, read on for tips on how to stop the vicious cycle of procrastination.
Visualize how you will feel once it’s done. Visualization is insanely powerful. Athletes use it all the time to enhance performance. Sit back, close your eyes, and imagine yourself at the completion of a project in as much detail as possible. What emotions are you feeling? Where are you? Who is with you?
Prioritize and start on the least appealing task first. This probably isn’t what you want to hear, but we only have so much bandwidth in which we can focus each day. Make a list of the things you need to get done, and then start by tackling the item that takes the most energy. Get it out of the way first, and then you can move onto other things which you might enjoy a bit more.
Don’t put off what can be done in two minutes or less. If you can send that email or schedule that appointment quickly, do it and be done with it. This even works for larger goals, like starting a business. Send an email to that lawyer to schedule registering your LLC. Done! The principle behind this tactic is that every goal can be started in two minutes or less. If you have more time on your hands.
Set a timer for 10 minutes and just get started. If you’re putting something off each day because it feels too big or daunting, working on it for 10 minutes without interruption is a great place to start. Remove all distractions, including digital, and focus exclusively on whatever it is until the alarm goes off. You may find that you’re on a roll and don’t want to stop. If not, at least you will have made some headway on that particular project. Do this every day.
Restart your day at 2pm. There’s no worse feeling than when your morning blows by and you feel like you’ve gotten nothing accomplished. Break the cycle and mentally start your day over at 2pm. Make a list of what still needs to be accomplished, grab a beverage and go to town. Remember, the day is whatever you want to make of it, so why not make it a good one?
Ultimately, Jane, updated her resume. She recognized that the pain of getting a “no” from a prospective employer was far less painful than the discomfort of staying in her current job indefinitely. Once she visualized the end goal and organized her priorities, we had her applying for jobs and interviewing in no time.
So whether it’s starting that new business or preparing a tedious report, stop reading and get started on it right now. Just imagine how good it will feel when you’re done.
As many as 20 percent of adults in the United States identify themselves as chronic procrastinators, but it’s a safe bet the number of people who often delay making decisions or taking action is much higher. “For the most part, we don’t realize that it’s happening or that, in the process, we’re undermining our own happiness,” notes Health.com author Gail Salz, M.D. Procrastinators tend to be far more stressed than those who don’t have this habit; they get sick more often, too.”
Being a chronic procrastinator (or even a frequent one) can spell trouble for a small-business owner. There are too many things to take care of to make “putting things off until tomorrow” a viable strategy.
Here are some tips on how to change your mindset and behavior to stop procrastinating right now:
1. Do a lot in a short period of time. If you like working against the clock, get a timer, set it for 10 minutes and get cracking. “Work in a focused, perhaps even frantic, manner for that short stretch, and see what happens,” advises Amy Spencer in Real Simple. “Once a sense of satisfaction replaces the dread you felt before, there’s a decent chance you’ll continue.”
2. Get a friend involved. Enlisting the moral support of a friend or colleague can be enough to tip you into active mode. When you commit to getting something done and a person whose respect you value is looking over your shoulder, you’re likely to feel more motivated to do what you said you would do.
In the same vein, talking with someone about the important task you’re working on can produce fresh ideas about how to go about it and perhaps offer a perspective that never occurred to you. So even while you’re putting off what has to be done, you’re thinking about it in a constructive manner.
3. Work through your own negativity. You know best how your mood changes (and the excuses you make to yourself) while you procrastinate over a big project. Rather than fight these negative emotions, let them occur as they will and push past them.
“Say to yourself, ‘I can do this. I’ll feel better when I handle this,’” says psychotherapist Jude Bijou, M.A., M.F.T. “Say it over and over until it’s set in your mind. Any time you feel discouraged or are tempted to procrastinate, refocus on the goal.”
4. Break tasks into manageable parts. Is there one really big and complicated project you simply can’t get started on? Instead of taking it as a single to-do item, break it down into smaller action steps you can take care of and check off the list. This generates a sense of achievement and keeps momentum going for the next part on the list.
5. Give yourself reminders. To-do lists are useful for most people, as long as they actually pay attention to them. Remind yourself about what needs to be done via sticky notes, computer alerts, or Todoist, Any.Do, or a host of other to-do list apps.
6. Plan to complete the task at the last minute. If you’re the type who works best under pressure, incorporate this trait into your planning process. Block out a patch of time during the proverbial 11th hour so you know in advance that you’ll achieve your objective right up against deadline. Make notes along the way to capture ideas and strategies beforehand. This will all prove useful at crunch time.
7. Make anxiety work for you. The upside of freaking out as your deadline approaches is that anxiety can free your mind of excuses and distractions. “When you have to get it done right now, you get super creative, super fast,” notes leadership consultant Lisa Earle McLeod. “When anxiety kicks in, it blows the doors off your preconceived ideas, which opens the space for creativity to take over.”
Regardless of the strategy, addressing procrastination is important. If you’re putting off activities that are essential for the well-being of your business, now is the best time to meet your procrastinating tendencies head-on and get things done.
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Feeling stuck right now? Learn the simple question that will pull you out of any time-wasting slump and kick your butt into gear
I have a confession to make: I waited until the very last minute to write this column. I had a lot of excuses (I’m not feeling well, it’s cold, I’m tired, I have a lot going on, blah, blah, blah). But that’s all they are– excuses.
No matter how productive I become, my old friend enemy procrastination still comes back to visit me from time to time.
Ironically, I had decided yesterday that I was going to write about procrastination and ways that I have overcome it in my life.
So how did I start writing this today and how are you reading it now? I used a simple little technique that has pulled me out of many time-wasting slumps in the past and kicked my butt into gear. It’s a mindfulness technique that I learned from Steve Chandler’s book Time Warrior.
One simple little question that forces you into action and helps make any task smaller. But before I get to the question, I’d like to look at why we procrastinate and the role that fear plays in it.
Why we procrastinate.
“One of these days I’m going to get help for my procrastination problem.” –Unknown
There are so many things that we can procrastinate about and we can come up with so many different excuses for why we are not doing something. But the actual reason why we procrastinate is really quite simple: We believe that taking action will cause us a certain amount of pain.
Phil Stutz and Barry Michels, authors of The Tools, describe it this way:
Think of an action you’ve been avoiding. It could be any of the examples we’ve given or something that’s specific to your life. Imagine yourself starting to take that action. You’re going to feel something unpleasant. Concentrate on what you feel.
No matter what you call it, that unpleasant feeling is a kind of pain. Under this broad definition, fear, shame, vulnerability, and so on are all forms of pain.
“Objects in the mirror of the future appear larger than they really are.” –Steve Chandler
Procrastination is almost always based on some kind of fear. Our minds make all our future tasks big and scary. So we procrastinate. We try to avoid the pain that we know is surely going to come.
Did you ever feel really overwhelmed when starting a new project and think to yourself, “There is no way I can do this,” only to sit down with a friend and have her give you a simple first step to take?
Or how about when someone has come to you completely overwhelmed and you think to yourself, “Wow, it’s really not that big of a deal. ” and then told him how you would approach it and saw a big wave of relief wash over his face?
So, what if we could take that objective point of view for ourselves? What if we could actually be grateful for our fear, as writer Steven Pressfield suggests,
Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.
The 3-minute solution.
What’s on your mind right now that you know you should be doing? What’s that thing that you keep putting off even though you know you should be doing it? How many of those things are there for you? If you’re like me, there’s a bunch of them.
Now when you think about all of them (or even just one big one), you get overwhelmed, right? Of course you do.
But what if you only had three minutes to work on it? Three minutes to take some kind of action, any action?
And here’s where the three-minute procrastination solution comes to life:
Keep your life creative and simple: What needs to be done now in these three minutes?
As Steve Chandler explains,
Now knowing I only have a three-minute commitment I just do the thing I was procrastinating about! I just make that a policy! Just do that one thing– you know what it is– it’s the thing you’re thinking about right now.
Don’t think in terms of patterns. None of this: “I always” or “I never ” because those globalizing thoughts will never serve you. They will scare you and make you a pessimist.
Keep your life creative and simple: what needs to be done now in these three minutes? That’s all you ever need to ask, and you’ll never have anything like procrastination bother you again.
“So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.” –Lee Iacocca
What can you do in the next three minutes that will move something forward? What’s one small action that you can take right now?
Take that action. Your future self will thank you.
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It is so easy to tell yourself that you will get to it later: after I check my email, after I check social media, let me just watch this quick YouTube video… I’ll have more motivation after I take a break, maybe I’ll just have a quick snack… And so on, and so on, and so on…
I know because this is literally the thought process I go through whenever I procrastinate, and that happens often when I don’t have the motivation to start a task. And the problem is that the getting started is often the hardest part, because once you start it’s usually easier to continue.
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So, it goes something like this; you know you need to get something important done, but you don’t do it right away. You first check your email, then your Instagram feed, next thing you know it’s two hours later and you find yourself watching cat videos on YouTube. Meh, I’ll just do it tomorrow. Happens to the best of us, doesn’t it?
Procrastination is all about instant gratification- we’re putting off our less urgent tasks in favor of those that are not only less urgent, but also more pleasurable (if you are not yet familiar with instant gratification monkey, you NEED to check out this article on waitbutwhy.com ). It’s all about feeling good right now.
Truth is, most of us procrastinate; some to a greater degree than others.
HOW TO STOP PROCRASTINATING, RIGHT NOW
TACKLE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TASKS, FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
Or… as soon as your schedule permits. When you have a lot of work to do, try to take care of most important tasks right away. The things that are on top of our to-do list are pretty much always most difficult and time-consuming ones and probably… less pleasant than others. This is also why we always put the important stuff off, for as long as we can. Because they’re all “blah” and often feel uncomfortable. BUT, the sooner you start working on those “big” tasks, the sooner it’ll all be over with (realizing this a few years ago would have definitely saved me a couple of all-nighters I pulled off back in college).
I also like this strategy when it comes to working out; as soon as I get home, I wash my face, change my clothes and start my workout. It doesn’t matter if I don’t feel like it, I know that once I start doing something around the house or sit down, I’ll go from “ehh, I don’t feel like it” to “I’ll just do a double session tomorrow” and skip my workout. Do you know how many times I’ve told myself this? And can you guess how many “double sessions” I did the next day after making that promise to myself? You got it. Zero.
For the first couple of weeks, it felt almost as if I was forcing myself to do this (well, I kinda was) but after a while, it simply becomes a habit. Your willpower is like a muscle: you can train yourself to control those immediate “wants” and “needs.”
WRITE THAT STUFF DOWN
In an era where smartphones have pretty much become extensions to our limbs, I still love me some pen and paper (remember those?). Sure, there are quite a few apps you can download with all sorts of list-making, task-reminding, alarm-ringing capabilities, but I still like to write my to-do lists in my planner. Old school style. You don’t have to be a very busy person to create a to-do list; it can include tasks as simple as: do laundry, take the dog to the vet, finish that English essay, get groceries, etc.
Because you write those things down you can focus on the important tasks, keep yourself organized. To make things even better, you can always make your last point “have a glass of wine” or “read a book”, so you know that once you complete your to-do list, you’ll get to reward yourself by doing something you like.
REMEMBER that making the list alone just isn’t enough. To some of us, the simple task of writing a to-do list feels like an accomplishment. Sorry, it’s not. You need to plan effectively. Give yourself realistic goals. The key is to actually get the work done so that you get to cross those tasks off your list. Starting is the most difficult part and in order to not feel overwhelmed, you should aim for slow progress. There’s no need to be perfect. Whatever it is you have to get done, remember that you don’t necessarily have to finish it, you don’t have to do it extremely well- you just need to start. That’s the important part.
THE 20-10 METHOD
As soon as you start working on that most important task, spend 20 minutes “unprocrastinating”. During those 20 minutes, you are not allowed to browse the internet, check your phone, or turn on the TV. After the 20 minutes are up, you can either continue working, or allow yourself a 10-minute break, during which you can check your email, Twitter, or Instagram feed. This will be your reward for doing your work. Once the 10 minutes are done, go back to working on your task for the next 20 minutes, and so on.
To help you with this, you can set up the timer on your phone or use a tool like this one, that will let you know when the time is up. When doing this, it’s important to stay mindful of any distractions or urges to stop, and not let that Instant Gratification Monkey take over.
Telling yourself things like “I work better under pressure” or “I don’t feel like doing this right now, I’ll just do it later” shows a lack of responsibility. Do you really think you work better under pressure, or is it something you only tell yourself as an excuse? The main reason why we procrastinate is that we love that comfort of distractions, that escape. We don’t know how to postpone pleasure. One of the ways to overcome this is to let go. What’s the worst thing that can happen? Let go of that fear of discomfort, do what you need to do, and once all your work is completed, you can indulge in as much comfort, as you wish.
This is not easy to do- especially if you’re a life-long procrastinator. Try doing this with something simple, like washing your dishes right away after dinner, instead of telling yourself that you’ll do them tomorrow morning. Start today. What’s one small thing that you can take care of today, to make your tomorrow less stressful? Maybe you were putting off the task of sorting through your mail? Does your email box need cleaning up? Something as simple as prepping lunch or your outfit for the next day is a great place to start.
Whether it’s something as simple as not washing your dishes right away, or putting off writing that college paper until last-minute, believe it or not, you can stop procrastinating. All you need to do is focus on some self-regulatory skills. What’s in it for you? Less guilt, fewer worries about not getting things done on time and gaining control over your life. The feeling of going to sleep at night knowing that you took care of every single thing you needed to take care of that day, is pretty amazing. That can be something you can use as your motivation, something to look forward to at the end of each day.
When I think of procrastination, I don’t only think of “tasks” or my responsibilities. I also think of how many times my sister has asked me out for dinner and how many times I’ve told her “let’s do it next week” over and over again because I’m too busy working or doing something else. There are many things in our lives that are priceless. Time happens to be one of them.
Ask yourself this: “if I’m procrastinating right now, what am I doing to my future-self?”
If you’re interested in learning more about procrastination, I highly recommend you watch this lecture by Dr. Pychyl.
This is a revised version of a post I published a few years ago.
UGH. Procrastination is the thief of productivity and passion. Follow these simple steps to maximise your productivity and give yourself more time for life.
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PROCRASTINATION. Even though we know it is the thief of productivity we all do it. And we temporarily enjoy it because we usually fill it with something frivolous that feels rather indulgent. Yet at the same time we feel guilty because we know something is hanging over our head.
Procrastination is also the thief of passion. Do you find yourself accountable to other people yet you delay doing the things that would support your personal and professional dreams? It’s time to be courageous and move through any fear and resistance. You deserve your dreams and they are not going to just appear without taking steps toward them.
Stop letting procrastination rob you of your productivity and passion! Here is a seven-step process to help you “just do it”.
1. Identify the cost and pay-off of procrastination.
Costs are easy to identify and may include things like increased stress by having less time to get things done, feeling guilty, indulging in unhealthy distraction patterns like eating, gossiping, or mindless Facebooking. Next, you may think there is no pay-off to procrastination but there is! You get to temporarily experience a sense of rebellion and freedom from doing the thing you don’t feel like doing. It’s the pay-off that makes procrastination so intoxicating.
Mindless Facebooking as a time-honoured procrastination favourite. Picture: AFP. Source:AFP
2. Answer, “What would be different if I got this task done?”
List out all the positive benefits from completing what you’re putting off. Imagine it done. How would you feel? What would you have space for? How could you use all the new energy you freed up from completing an incomplete cycle of action.
3. Schedule a time and commit.
Leverage the energy you are feeling from step two to pull you into committing to getting it done. It is way easier to commit to something when you are in enthusiastic energy! Pick a time or ongoing window of time to just do it. And hold yourself accountable to showing up for yourself just like you’d show up for a doctors appointment or a hot date.
4. Establish disciplines because discipline creates habits.
You don’t procrastinate brushing your teeth because it’s become a habit. Usually we put things off because we haven’t formed a habit. For instance, I used to procrastinate writing but now that I’ve blagged at least once a week for seven years, it’s a habit. Commit to showing up on a regular basis and doing the things you are delaying.
5. Eliminate all distractions.
Forget about minimising them! Turn off your internet, email, social media, phone, TV, work in a new space (like a library) where food and tempting distractions are minimal. You will be amazed at how productive and focused you can be when you eliminate distractions.
If you can’t concentrate, try moving to a different space, like a . Source:News Limited
6. Shift your state.
Your state is your physiological, mental and emotional pulse. If your energy is low, your thoughts are along the lines of “I don’t wanna” and you feel anxious, frustrated, or apathetic, guess how productive you are going to be? Not very! Shift your state to one of high energy, positive self-talk, and enthusiasm by imagining yourself 15 minutes after the successful completion of your tasks. See it, feel it. Experience the relief, accomplishment and excitement you will feel. Get into that energy and then begin your task.
This is an important step because you want your true pay-off to come from the completion of the task and not from procrastination. Acknowledge yourself. Reward yourself with the things you may have been using to procrastinate!
Okay now it’s time to stop surfing the internet and get productive and passion. Use these seven steps anytime you find yourself procrastinating. Remember, delaying doing things that you don’t like doing or would love to do but put last robs you of productivity and passion.
This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post.
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7 Ways to Stop Procrastinating Right Now
- Do a lot in a short period of time. If you like working against the clock, get a timer, set it for 10 minutes and get cracking. .
- Get a friend involved. Enlisting the moral support of a friend or colleague can be enough to tip you into active mode. .
- Work through your own negativity. .
- Break tasks into manageable parts. .
- Give yourself reminders. .
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Friday, June 26, 2020
How to Stop Procrastinating Now!
|Stop Putting Life on Hold! Stop Procrastinating NOW!|
There Is Never Going to Be a Better Time than Now!
It has to be Today! Whenever you experience God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness, redemption, empowerment, and blessing, you are experiencing them in the present. Today.
Tomorrow, by definition, will always be a day away. Whatever day it is, that day is today, and today is the day to seize all the opportunities and to use all the tools and resources God has given you.
Today, right here, right now, is the only day we have in which to act, to change, or simply to be present in our lives.
Lord willing, we will be alive tomorrow to do all of those things, but guess what? When “tomorrow” arrives, that day will be “today.”
With God, It Is Always Now!
So the bottom line is this: God is oriented to the present. We should be too.
As the Psalmist said, “This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24.
Today is the day to live, to act, to be, to make a change.
The writer of Hebrews spoke of “Today” as a day of sabbath rest for God’s people. (Hebrews 4:3-11.) You can rest from your own self-centered efforts and agenda today, because God wishes to work through you today to accomplish something bigger and better and more fulfilling than you could ever do on your own. That’s the very definition of working smarter, not harder.
It actually takes a lot of mental and emotional energy to daydream about the future or ruminate about the past. This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t plan for the future — that’s something we can do today — but our focus should always be on what we can do and experience and be in the present.
Like Nike Says, “Just Do It!”
Sure, now you know that God is ready to act in you and through you to accomplish great things today, but just knowing that isn’t going to change anything. Like James said, “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:20.) You have to put God’s word into practice to make it effective in your life. God’s word tells you that today is the day that God has made, but now you have to act like you believe it by doing something with that knowledge.
In Steven Covey’s classic book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the first habit is being proactive. Effective people don’t wait for change to happen; they take action to bring that change about. Don’t let Life happen and just react to it. Believe that you are someone God can use to change the world for the better. Be proactive!
Dr. Gabriele Oettingen’s Life-Hack Called “WOOP”
Click below to listen to an episode of the NPR podcast “Hidden Brain” about the tool developed by Dr. Gabriele Oettingen called “WOOP,” which stands for “Wish, Outcome, Opposition, Plan.” This life hack has been proven to work to help people accomplish their goals! Applying this technique won’t cost you anything, and it takes relatively little time, so why not give it a try!
So go ahead and put your plan into action! Try out different tools and “life hacks” and find out what works best for you! Just be proactive, and act! The Lord bless you and keep you as you do!
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