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DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE, DO IT NOW!

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The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind – jump in.

– Charles R. Swindoll.

Have you ever sat down to complete an important task — and then suddenly discovered your eyes were fixated on your TV screen watching movies or engrossed in surfing the internet? Or perhaps you suddenly realize that your dog needs to be fed, you need to respond to some chats, your house needs cleaning — or maybe you should go ahead and have lunch, even though it’s only 11 a.m.?

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Next thing you know, it’s the end of the day and your important task remains unfinished.

Everyone puts things off until the last minute sometimes, but when you chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions, you are procrastinating. You may believe you perform better under pressure, but more often than not that is just a way of you justifying putting things off.

Procrastination is the habit of delaying an important task, usually by focusing on less urgent, more enjoyable, and easier activities instead. It is different from laziness, which is the unwillingness to act.

You may delay but time will not

– Benjamin Franklin

Sometimes, procrastination takes place when you ignore things to be done until the “last minute” before a deadline. Procrastination can take hold on any aspect of life—putting off cleaning the stove, repairing a leaky roof, seeing a doctor or dentist, submitting a job report or academic assignment or breaching a stressful issue with a partner.

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Procrastination usually results in sorrowful regret. Today’s duties put off until tomorrow gives us a double burden to bear; the best way is to do them in their proper time.

– Ida Scott Taylor

Procrastination can restrict your potential and undermine your career. It can also disrupt your teamwork, reduce morale, and even lead to feelings of guilt, inadequacy, self-doubt, depression and job loss. So, it’s crucial to take proactive steps to prevent it.

Looking on the bright side, it is possible to overcome procrastination — with effort.
The first step to overcoming procrastination is to recognize that you’re doing it. Then, identify the reasons behind your behavior and use appropriate strategies to manage and overcome it.

HELPFUL TIPS TO AVOID PROCRASTINATION

1. You have to recognize the fact that you are procrastinating: if you start postponing things you need to do, the tasks before you or you direct your focus unto something else because you want to avoid doing your task, then you are probably procrastinating.

2. Ask yourself, what are the reasons you give: For instance, are you avoiding a particular task because you find it boring or unpleasant? If so, take steps to get it out of the way quickly, so that you can focus on the enjoyable aspects of your job.

3. Make lists of things and chunk them: this will prevent you from ‘conveniently’ forgetting about those unpleasant and overwhelming tasks.

4. Set deadlines and priorities: The priorities will help you to easily identify the activities you should focus on doing and the ones you can ignore. The deadlines will keep you on track in achieving your set goals and will mean that you don’t have time for procrastination!

5. Tackle the hardest tasks at your peak times: Do you work better in the morning or in the afternoon? You need to identify when you achieve your best results in doing things, that is when you are most effective and do the tasks that you find most challenging at these times.

6. Act on it!

 

 

The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.

– Alexandre Graham Bell

7. Don’t be a perfectionist: Sometimes you would rather avoid doing a task that you feel you don’t have the skills to do than do it imperfectly. You don’t have to wait until you are certain about the outcome of your task before you start working on it. So what do you do? Something, Anything. As long as you are not just sitting there idle. If you screw it up, start over. Try something else.

8. Reward yourself: Celebrate small victories for having completed your tasks. The reward may be a short water-cooler conversation with a colleague, a stroll to a nearby café for a coffee pick-me-up, or maybe a larger reward such as treating yourself to a movie. Let your brain know that you will reward it for focusing and being attentive.

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SETTING THE PACE FOR 2017!

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It’s interesting how a whole year can go by so fast and then just like that another year starts. At the beginning of the year like this, almost everyone seems to be trying their best to get used to the “new year”. Certainly at this period, some of us may still find ourselves making funny errors such as, noting 2016 instead of 2017 when we are required to indicate the current date. Well, it may take a while to fully adjust to the new year. Talking about making adjustments, we also have to make necessary adjustments in our lives as well to set the pace for a great year!

If you didn’t achieve so much at the end of last year, here’s a fresh opportunity to do better. 2017, for the most part is an unwritten story or an unpainted canvas in our individual lives, you are the author as well as the painter. You have the blank sheets and the writing materials right in your hands, you also have the paint brush and the canvas on which to colour the 2017 you so desire.

It will be immensely beneficial if you can intentionally set the right pace for the rest of the year. This should get you thinking, really thinking about all aspects of your life from family, academic, spiritual, social, emotional, career, health and so on.

Asides the plans and objectives you may have set to achieve this year, the pace you set towards achieving them is expedient in determining how well you meet your set objectives at the end of the year.  

NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO START!

Once the pace is set, it will pave the way for the accomplishment of your goals. The following tips will be helpful;

  • Resolve to live healthy this year: be mindful of your health by eating balanced diets, exercising regularly, staying hydrated always, going for routine checkups, resting well, sleeping well, relaxing as much as possible and please don’t leave out fun.  Take charge of your health!
  • Resolve to occupy your heart with positivity. Don’t give permanent residency to negativity in your heart. In fact, let there be no room to accommodate negativity.
  • Give yourself another chance when needed and never let your “another chance” be exhaustible. Don’t give up on yourself!
  • Give others “another chance” as well
  • Be open to ideas and explore other options of doing things
  • Be more committed in everything you do
  • Avoid procrastination
  • Have a daily to-do list and see to it that you follow through with it.

Before we get so caught up in the busyness of every day of this year, ensure you set a good pace for the rest of the year. Then will you be able to paint on that canvas of yours more appropriately and will be great year for you.

Happy New Year!

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Just Before 2016!

2016-new-year-ss-1920Seems just like yesterday when 2015 was a brand new year and people all around the world celebrated the cross over from the past year into the “New Year”. Well, we are at that point once again when virtually everyone earnestly anticipates the birth of another New Year! Of a truth, the year 2015 brought its share of highs and lows, laughter and tears, failures and success etc. This period should generally be a time to retreat, reflect over the year and make plans for the coming year. However, people sometimes get so caught up in the end of year rush and may easily forget to prepare for the forthcoming year.

At the beginning of every year, it is a common occurrence for people to make resolutions and set goals to be achieved within the year. Although these goals or resolutions may not necessarily hold so much importance for some as they could be mere rituals. For others, it may provide a sense of direction for the entire year.

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Did you make plans at the beginning of this year?

Were your plans mere rituals?

How much of your goals have you achieved so far?

At this point and time, it is very important to have a deep reflection on what your 2015 was like, recount your achievements for the year and the impact you made however little it may seem.

Let’s do this together!

  • Search for your earlier set goals/ resolutions for this year
  • Place a check mark on the goals you were able to achieve
  • Outline those goals that are yet to be achieved

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How many checks do you have altogether?

And how many pending goals do you have left?

Kudos to you if you were able to achieve over 50% of your set goals for the year and if you achieved ALL your set goals, then you probably deserve a medal. However, if peradventure, you could not achieve so much of your goals, well no need to cry over spilled milk. It simply indicates that there is a need for re-strategizing. Failure to achieve our set goals for the year could be as a result of so many factors such as:

  • Procrastination
  • Fear
  • Discouragement
  • Lack of proper planning
  • Setting unrealistic goals

Remember, it all starts with YOU! Now that the above have been identified, the next line of action is simply;

  • Avoid procrastinating in 2016. Make your plans and set a time frame for it/them and ensure to reward your success at every level of achievement.
  • Face your fears by delving into action. The worst that can happen is that you will fail at it, but how about we look at the best that can happen, which is that you will be successful at it!
  • Be courageous in the New Year by tapping into more sources of encouragement such as having a role model and believing in yourself.
  • Ensure that you plan adequately for every set goal. It will also be of great help to have a plan B.
  • Make your goals as realistic and achievable as possible.

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The year 2015 has been an amazing year for us at Mobile Health Consult and we look forward to an even more amazing 2016!

Remember to follow me on twitter @drmorayojimoh into a successful 2016.

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