Most likely if you are reading this post, you are procrastinating.
In fact, I am avoiding important work this morning and have been procrastinating by writing this post! Quite often, it is what we need to do that we most feel like avoiding.
Wikipedia defines procrastination as the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the “last minute” before the deadline.
“Profit is a by-product of work; happiness is its chief product.” ~Henry Ford
Human motivation is highly influenced by how imminent the reward is perceived to be — meaning, the further away the reward is, the more you discount its value.
Even the most productive and successful people are afflicted with procrastination from time to time. Yet procrastination if not managed, it will take its toll on success and happiness. This short, animated video highlights the helpful Pomodoro Technique for managing procrastination as well as time management.
Remember, “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” ~Henry Ford.