Procrastination - Understanding The Thief Of Time

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1. DEFINING PROCRASTINATION  
3. WHY DO PEOPLE PROCRASTINATE?'

A. Indecision – “A double minded person is unstable in all he does!” James 1:8 LB. Indecision causes you to postpone buying a car, choosing a college, getting married, buying new ones, changing a job etc. 

B. Perfectionism – “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done!” Ecclesiastes 14:4. If you wait for things to be perfect, you’re going to wait a very long-time. You don’t have the time or money for things to be perfect. 

C. Fear – “The fear of man is a trap!” Proverbs 29:25. Have you postponed seeing the dentist and having that troublesome tooth removed? Or having needed surgery? Or starting the mbambo process? Sharing your faith at workplace? Ask yourself, “What am I afraid of?” Imagine if Jesus Christ had feared coming to die for you? Or if our father had feared starting Glory Ministries? Or if Bill Gates had feared starting Microsoft Corporation? Imagine if Lionel Messi had feared to go for hormonal growth and start playing football? 

D. Anger – “A lazy person is as bad someone who is destructive!” Proverbs 18:9. A lot of people take procrastination as a way of getting back to people they don’t like, or to fix their superiors even in church. Young children are very good in doing that. 

E. Laziness – “Lazy people want much but get little, while the diligent are prospering!” Proverbs 13:4. Generally people want to get things easy; if it’s difficult they would rather leave it. 

Procrastination - Understanding The Thief Of Time


4. WAYS TO FIGHT PROCRASTINATION 

(a) Keep a record at all times, tracking everything you need to do in a planner and checking off each task according to the exact day and time you have to do it. "There will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed" (Ecclesiastes 3:17). 

(b). Refuse to "major on minor things", but focus more on the "main thing". Prioritize each day the five most important tasks to be done and then do them in that order. "The one who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty" (Proverbs 28:19)

(c). Evaluate the time needed to complete each project. Be realistic. Then add additional time for "hidden costs:" unexpected interruptions, reviews, and delays. "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you" (Luke 14:28–29)

(d). Resist the temptation to feel guilty if an unforeseen situation arises; making it impossible for you to complete all your tasks in one day. Continue to persevere the next day, again giving top priority to the five most important tasks. "Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised" (Hebrews 10:35–36)

(e). Ask a friend or someone wise to help you; if you struggle with getting started. "The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice" (Proverbs 12:15)

(f). Yield your life to Christ, giving Him total control. "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). 

G. Claim God's promise to provide everything you need, through your dependence on Christ. "His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires" (2 Peter 1:3–4)

5. CONCLUSION 

A life of procrastination goes against the precepts of living a purposeful life. Many lifechanging opportunities are lost along the way.  

Dr Myles Munroe: The greatest act of service to humanity is to deliver to us what you came to give us. Go to the cemetery and disappoint the grave, because you would have given out everything that God deposited into your life. You have got to die because you have nothing else left to do. That’s living a purposeful life, and for us to achieve that we require to push and shove away the dilemma associated with procrastination. 

Tapiwa Zuze
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