Dealing With Procrastination

Last week I wrote about the times when we think we “must do something.“ It’s easy to get in to having  that kind of mindset. “I’ll do something even if it’s wrong.“

That kind of mindset can get us into real trouble.

So can doing nothing.

I sometimes find myself avoiding things because I don’t want to have to deal with them. That is classic procrastination. People often procrastinate because it’s painful to have to deal with the problem.

Not dealing with real problems is just as serious as doing things even if they are wrong.

How can we get beyond the procrastination that is ever before us?

First, make a determination to deal with real issues in real time. Bad news doesn’t get better with age and letting things fester can create even worse problems.

Procrastination Is fundamentally an ignoring of real issues. Sometimes, you simply have to say, “I’m going to do better.“

Make that determination, and do your best to stick with it.

Second, pray about the things that bother you. If you are procrastinating because you don’t want to deal with issues, you need the wisdom and leadership of God.

Pray for His wisdom. Take all of your needs before God. Ask him to show you what to do and how to do it. God has told us, “if any one lacks wisdom, let him ask of God . . . “ (James 1:5).

Third, set up systems that simply will not let you procrastinate. Establish habits that move you toward responding appropriately and at the right time, whether quickly or slowly.

You most likely know exactly what will help you stay on track. Get that system set up.

It may be a to do list. It may be an uncluttered desk. It may be reminders in your smart phone.

Find what you need, determine to do it, and let God show you his way.

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