Have you been very optimistic about your ability to complete a task on a seemingly lax deadline and you think “There’s plenty of time!” so there’s no need to start immediately? (Like a big listing presentation that is a week away?) When you’re lulled by that false sense of security, time passes and suddenly, you realize that there isn’t enough time after all!
It’s not uncommon if this sounds familiar – many of us procrastinate without realizing it. Our rationale is that we work better under pressure when in actual fact we’re only progressing because we don’t have any choices. Simply because our procrastinated work is rewarded positively through acceptance, (Like getting that listing!) this acceptance acts as a positive reinforcement for the procrastination and thus, contributes more to continued procrastination.
Of course, it’s difficult to neglect other characteristics that often lead to procrastination. Low self-confidence and the perception that he or she is too busy are very common characteristics. Of course, we cannot neglect using procrastination as an expression of stubbornness or even an inability to cope with pressure.
In our real estate coaching and training programs we believe that once you overcome procrastination, you will realize that there is a feeling of peace of mind, strength and purpose. This take-charge attitude to combat procrastination can make you feel strong, competent and capable and at the end of the day, less burnt out.
There are several simple reasons for procrastination.
Difficult – The task seems too difficult to start and we end up avoiding the more complicated tasks in favor for simpler ones. At the end of the day, we’re backlogged with many difficult tasks and no time.
Time-Consuming – If a task is too time-consuming and takes up large blocks of time, we often push it to the weekend where large blocks of time is usually more available. Counter this by breaking your project or task into smaller chunks to fit into tighter schedules during weekdays.
Lack of knowledge or skills – because you don’t want to make mistakes, you wait till the very last minute to learn how before you start. Wrong move. If you don’t know how to do something, learn it as soon as possible.
Fears – Combined with a low self esteem, fear of failing can be attributed to procrastination. Procrastination is a perfect excuse for failing and at the end of the day, the procrastinator doesn’t try too hard.
The simplest cure is to do everything the opposite. Motivate yourself by telling yourself that what you’re doing isn’t too hard, it won’t take too much time and you can learn while you’re working on it. You’ll be surprised – a little bit of self-persuasion can go a long way.
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Real estate coaching and training thought for today: Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.