We procrastinate mainly because we don’t immediately experience the consequences that procrastinating produces.
As a result, we waste our time spending it on unproductive activity, focusing on things that take us further away from our end goal.
In the book “On The Shortness of Life,” Seneca, the great stoic philosopher, says,
“It is a small part of life we really live. Indeed, all the rest is not life, but merely time.”
If you go outside and look at the people around you, you will find that most people are just trying to pass time.
They’re not really living life.
And the reason why so many people don’t live life to the fullest or accomplish anything much with their lives is simply because many people have no fixed goal for themselves.
And even if they do, chances are that they’ll change it the following year, or even the following day.
People are never certain about what they want to achieve in their life so they constantly shift their end goal.
But as a result they get no where.
When you have no end goal, that’s when you start wasting your time.
The reason why so many people sleep so much is because they don’t really have anything else to do.
Those who wake up early, all have a reason to. They have a purpose and are driven by priorities.
Even worse, they do have something to do, but they choose to procrastinate.
They decide, but never act.
They find themselves victims to, what John C. Maxwell calls, the Law of Diminishing Intent, which says, “The longer you wait to do something that you know you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.”
Your goals, your work, is always going to expand to fill the time given to complete it.
This is why it’s important to give your goals a deadline.
If you have less than a few days to finish a project or to achieve a goal, the pressure of time will force you to focus and do what’s needed to get it done.
But if you’re given a month to do the same project, then it becomes a mental monster, never getting done, always being put off.
This is how most people are with their goals.
They have their entire life to complete their goals so they never get anything done.
As humans, we have a natural tendency to overweigh what’s easily available to us, such as time. This is called the Availability-Misweighing Cognitive Bias, which is one of the 25 cognitive biases that lead to failure.
Because we perceive time to be so available, we think we can always put things off, when in reality, we can’t.
We develop a false idea of how much time there actually is so as a result, we procrastinate what’s important, thinking we can always do it later.
But one of the worst things that anyone can do is to put off living.
Too many people spend their life planning their life and never actually do anything.
They think they can always put it off for the future, but this takes away from the present by promising a false future.
Stop acting like you have a 1,000 years to live your life and live immediately.
It’s always better to start from where you are than to procrastinate, waiting for the time to be right and for everything to be perfect.
Remember what Friedrich Engels once said, “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.”
So choose the ounce of action you can take today, even if it’s the wrong action do something.