Want to beat procrastination? Stop gathering information!
Most people will never feel ready to pull the trigger. But you just have to at some point.
Set a certain time limit or a date when you will stop gathering information and get to work on your goal. Yes, some knowledge is necessary but get started!
Research shows that most of us spend up to 80% of our time on activities that have nothing to do with the success of our projects.
We load ourselves down with endless tasks that keep us feeling busy, yet at the end of the day we wonder why we have accomplished so little.
Why do we miss deadlines, put off doing things we dislike, and accept stress and procrastination as a necessary part of life?
What experiences have shaped the way you think about time? Do you need to rethink your views? If you were asked to speak to a group of students about the best way to use time, what would you say to them?
This quiz will help you identify areas where you can take action to overcome procrastination today:
1. I often delay taking action and making decisions because I need to gather more facts.
2. I have a hard time knowing when to wrap up the research phase of a project. I worry about not having enough information to complete it.
3. I tend to get stuck in the middle of a project if changing circumstances suggest the need to make adjustments.
4. I always feel that I’m using my time well as long as I’m gathering information for a project.
If you answered “yes” to any of the above statements, you need to recognize that procrastination is keeping you from achieving all that you can in life. Many people delay taking action by convincing themselves they need to gather more facts.
Successful people know that effective decisions are based on opinions and experience first, facts second.
Set deadlines for yourself, even when you don’t have to. You will never be able to gather all the facts. You must learn when to say enough is enough. Make the best decision based on the facts you have now. The important thing is to act.
We live in an increasingly complex world; our information-gathering techniques can’t keep up with all the changing circumstances that affect our lives. We cannot control many of these circumstances, and we cannot control how other people respond to them.
Force yourself to act. Whatever decision you make today, on the fly you will have to rethink it, and almost certainly modify it, when circumstances change in the future.
No matter what you decide to do now, you will need to make corrections as you make progress toward your goal. This is normal and not to be avoided. No one is perfect the first time out.
Delaying a decision in order to gather more facts is one of the most common ways that people waste time. Don’t do it. Take action with what you have and be flexible. Monitor your progress and adjust as you go.
Always ask yourself if a task needs to be done at all. Ask yourself: What do all my tasks prove? Focus on getting things done, rather than on filling your day with more activities than you can possibly get around to.
If you want to overcome procrastination, stop gathering facts and get started on your project. Right now, do it right now! LOL!