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Procrastination Is A Battle… The Best Weapon In The War Against Procrastination Is Enthusiasm

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Posted 26th November 2012 at 01:46 PM by tlangdon

Yesterday we looked at the subject of Tips For Overcoming Procrastination and we continue today with our series of daily blog posts by looking again at our mental attitude in the context of procrastination being defeated with enthusiasm.

Will you put off achieving your goals until tomorrow or take action today to work towards your end goals?

Enthusiasm is what makes the difference between reaching our goals and giving up before we get started.

Thomas Edison said, “If the only thing we leave our kids is the quality of enthusiasm, we will have given them an estate of incalculable value.”


Thomas Edison

Edison’s research laboratory burned to the ground when he was 67. As the fire consumed his world-famous “invention factory,” Edison told his children, “Kids, go get your mother. She’ll never see another fire like this one.”

Edison knew that enthusiasm is the best antidote for tragedy, and it’s the most powerful weapon to use in the war against procrastination.

I have learned that my level of enthusiasm has nothing to do with my feelings; my feelings wake up on a different side of the bed every day. To take control of my life, I must choose the way I feel. I can’t let my feelings control me. Can you talk yourself into a positive frame of mind when you’re discouraged? How do you keep yourself motivated? How do you stay focused when a job is tedious? How do you handle failure when your plan isn’t going well?

Stay away from negative people. Attitudes are contagious, negative people infect us with negative attitudes. Associate with positive thinkers; their self-confidence is contagious, too.

Managing Time To Help Manage Procrastination

Schedule difficult tasks for the time of day when your energy is highest. If you haven’t determined the best time for you to tackle the day’s least appealing jobs, try doing them as early as possible.

Tackle a problem that’s been a thorn in your side. When you get in the habit of making things happen, your enthusiasm goes through the roof. Inactivity is a major cause of depression and anxiety.

On the other hand, you can increase your energy level without eliminating other forces that cause procrastination; teenagers are particularly adept at expending enormous amounts of energy without getting anything done.

Always remember that any technique is only effective when used as part of a total strategy.

When you breeze through a task with particular ease and competence, make a note of the time of day and ask yourself what other factors might have contributed to making you more productive. When you start to discover a pattern, you will have found how to operate at a higher level every day, procrastination won’t be so much of a problem, and when you identify the time of day when you are usually most efficient, schedule some of your least enjoyable tasks for that time.

Procrastination – Take Action And Learn More Living Forever!


Mark Twain

We must continue to learn new things as if we were going to live forever, while living each day as if it were the last. Telling myself that “Today is the first day of the rest of my life” doesn’t work for me. If today were the last day of my life, how would I live it?

That is the question I ask myself when I must fight against the forces of procrastination.

Always remember that enthusiasm is a choice. Mark Twain said, “Do something every day that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your painless duty.”

A Whack On The Head Roger Von Oech

I wish you every success as you get on and take action without putting it off until tomorrow.

To learn more about the subject of procrastination and how you can be more creative click on the Whack On The Side Of The Head graphic over on the left of this text.
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