I’ve been wanting to write this post for several weeks now, but I kept telling myself Eh, Maybe Later. Have you ever done the same thing with a task that needed to be accomplished? Most of us do it. Then we tell ourselves…why oh why did I wait until the last minute! Ahhhhhhh! Procrastination is a popular habit among a lot of us, and just because it’s popular doesn’t mean that it’s effective.
So why do we procrastinate? The root of procrastination, I believe, is laziness. Paul writes in Romans 12:11, “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.” The next question to naturally ask is, but how do we change the habit of procrastination? In this chapter of Romans, Paul is writing in the context of our bodies being a living sacrifice. Everything we do does make a difference. I don’t know about you, but when I procrastinate I feel like the stress keeps building each day more and more the longer that I put something off.
Here are some ways that can help with procrastination:
1. Clean up your negative thoughts.
Our thoughts drive the decisions that we make. Thoughts=Actions. What is your thought life like? If you keep telling yourself internally that you will never _________ (fill in the blank), you’ve lost the game before it has even started. Have the mindset of replacing your negative thoughts with thoughts that will push you towards your goals.
2. Think about the words that you’re speaking.
Our words have power. Think about it this way. In Genesis chapter 1, God literally spoke the earth into existence, did you catch that? Spoke the world into motion. The phrase “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is false. There is 0% truth in that statement. Really think about the words that you say. They make a difference.