“I’ll just throw this stuff in the closet. I‘ll clean it out and deal with it tomorrow.”
“Tomorrow I am going to sit down and come up with a Bible reading schedule for myself and the kids.”
Whether it be getting started with an exercise plan, starting new eating habits, tackling that closet full of junk, calling that friend who I haven’t seen in a long time, or sitting down to spend some time with God through study and prayer, tomorrow has always been my downfall. I am the queen of tomorrow. My intentions are good (and sometimes I actually do follow through) but too often, I put off things for later that need to be started right away - leaving me with a task bigger than it was to begin with.
All of those last meals have turned into an extra ten pounds. Those few items thrown into the closet, when done often enough, turn into a closet full of stuff that has no place. And in my efforts to come up with the “perfect” plan for Bible study, I pass up a million opportunities to learn and teach in the moment.
Practically speaking, to overcome procrastination you first need to examine your reasons. Is the task too hard? Break it up into smaller segments. Do you think you’re going to fail? Change your self talk from “I don’t want to do this now” to “I can do this.” Are you not a good manager of time? Make lists and prioritize them according to importance to you. Take breaks and reward yourself for your efforts - it’s hard work establishing new habits!
Here is a scripture to meditate on as well: “The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.” Proverbs 13:4
Now go and do something.