Time Management Procrastination 
And What You Can Do About It! 

Time Management Procrastination

Definition of procrastination (noun): Oxford Dictionary

The action of delaying or postponing something:

Amusing Quotes on Procrastination

  • Procrastination is like a credit card; it's a lot of fun until you get the bill. Christopher Parker
  • You may delay, but time will not.  Benjamin Franklin
  • Procrastination is the thief of time. Edward Young
  • Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.  Author Unknown
  • The best way to get something done is to begin.  Author Unknown
  • There are a million ways to lose a work day, but not even a single way to get one back.  Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister.

Ways To Deal With Procrastination

1.     Don’t put things off.

If you do things promptly, they will need less time and effort than when you procrastinate about them. Be careful though of not having time for important tasks because you are caught doing a lot of trivial tasks.

There is thin line between procrastination and time wasting.


2.     Don’t worry about anything on a continuing basis – FIX it! In Six Sigma approach, they have a catch phrase “Just Do It!”

Pointless worrying about something stops us from focusing on the essentials. Very often we go over and over the same thing, time and time again. Avoid this!

3.     Determine the critical 20% of your tasks.

Pareto stated in his principle that 80% of a problem comes from 20% of the causes. Equally, about 20% of your tasks will achieve about 80% of the results you need. So therefore, spend a little time analyzing which of your tasks make up the most important 20% and focus in on these.

 4.     Save your best time for important matters.

During the working day, there will be times when your energy level will be low and your mind not as sharp as it usually is. You just aren’t on top of things. This is the time to do routine work.

There are times though when you are fresh and vital. Reserve this quality time for getting the most important and urgent tasks done. Don’t let others interrupt your quality time with unnecessary demands.

Make sure you have your time under your control.


5.     Take a break, get some exercise and fresh air. Avoid sleep deprivation.

In order to facilitate your best performance, you need to keep an eye on healthy living.

The more  exercised your body is, the harder it is to stress it.

The better the diet, the better you will function. Simple and real facts.

I also received a piece of good advice once which I found very beneficial:

“When the body is tired, exercise the brain.

When the brain is tired, exercise the body”

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