by - March 19, 2020

Procrastination can be simply put as the action of delaying or postponing something. It can be done in seemingly small things and big things of life.

Everyone on earth has the same months in a year, the same weeks in a month, the same days in a week, the same number of hours in a day.

The result that comes out of our life over the years is simply the things we do or don’t do with our time.

We look at some people and their level of life challenges us and then it seems God is unfair by making some people exceptionally good while leaving the rest in a no-so-good state. Often times, the fault isn’t God’s fault, we are the ones who won’t do the things we should, have no structure in our life and just keeps wondering where the hours are going.

Procrastination is the real thief of time, but it can only steal your time as much as you give it a free hand to fulfill its enterprise.

The challenge with procrastinators is that they end up having to rush the tasks they could have done under no pressure; they have to begin to run here and there to now get the job done.

Another challenge with procrastinating is that the same way we procrastinate in our personal life is the same habit that’ll spill into our various careers and ultimately our walk with God and work for God. Some have been stirred up to pray for certain people at certain times, but that habit of procrastinating won’t let them do what they should do at such points which is disobedience to God and which can be disastrous for the other person.

We are all going to give an account of what we did in this body to God someday soon, and it is high time we kicked out procrastination, so we won’t be ashamed on that day.

So, let’s see things we can begin to do differently from now going forward to begin to live our best life possible.

Don’t Postpone Till Tomorrow What You Can Get Done Today

The only time of our lives that we can do anything about or with is today. Yesterday is gone and we have no control over the things that tomorrow will bring; while we pray and expect God’s best, tomorrow is still uncertain and that is why we pray and leave tomorrow in God’s hands having the assurance that he’ll take care of us and have the best of plans in mind for us.

Procrastination makes you appear like someone who doesn’t know what he/she is doing, makes the result come out without the excellence touch (this is one of the many things God is teaching me in this season of my life), pay fines that could have been avoided if only we did the things we ought to do when we should.

There are things that will never leave dreamland into our reality if we don’t do something about them, but we stall too much on some ideas and they never see the light of day.

There are times when you have a lot to do, don’t procrastinate, and just get it done!

It becomes even worse when you are a perfectionist; someone who is always trying to make things as perfect as they can be.

There is a rule I learned some times back, if you have a task at hand and you’re contemplating procrastinating, just think of the time frame it will take you to accomplish it, if that time is less than two minutes, rather than procrastinating it till a much later time, just get it done. You’ll feel better doing this.

You can increase your own time-frame to a time that suits you, but make sure you don’t shift till tomorrow what can be done today.

Write A List & Prioritize Your Schedule

Every day starts with a list of things we want all mumbling up in our heads, oftentimes at the end of the day, we end up discovering that we didn’t achieve as much as we wanted to and this will necessitate us shifting today’s task to tomorrow. So to get this done with, at the beginning of every day or the night before that day, map out a list of things you want to achieve and let them be in the order of their importance.

Let’s say this is Sumbo’s to-do list for 21st of March;


. Devotion (1)
. Reply to mails (6)
. Wash clothes (2)
.Go to Idumota with Esther to get Sovenieurs to give my wedding guest (3)
. Attend the online training I signed up for (4)
. Read two chapters of The Kingdom Woman (7)
. Continue with Reading the bible through (5)

So after writing the list of what she wants to get accomplished that Saturday, Sumbo goes ahead and rate them in the order of how important they are.

Drawing up a list like the above will see to it that we achieve our highest priorities every day, and it will save us from flying all over the place when it is time to show results.

Minimize Distractions

Distractions may be in the form of human or even the social media.

Learning to say no to human is a lot easier for some, but they haven’t mastered the ability to say no to their phone when it beckons on them to be picked. A lot of excellent tasks and great ideas lay buried under Social media, and if you want to get any way forward, you need to make sure you’re in control of how long you spend on the social media which is a major source of distraction in this age and time.

How you can get in control of your Social Media time

. Don’t go online until a particular time of the day or when you have accomplished the major task for that day

. Learn To say no without feeling guilty to things that will further take you out of your plans for the day (Be sensitive to when that distraction is from God who wants to take you away from the good things you could have accomplished that day to the best things that’ll further bring him glory)

This isn’t saying we won’t have fun or get to hang out with friends or suddenly become the miss I-am-busy in the office, it only means that our life becomes more structured, and we will be able to use our time for the things that really matter.

Don’t Beat Yourself over the head If You Don’t Get It Right

Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t beat yourself over the head if you don’t write a list every day, or if you don’t achieve your set goals every day of the week.

There will be days when you’ll be anything but diligent in your use of time and there will also be days when you will tick off everything on your list of things-to-do.

Celebrate your big wins and when you flop like spending all day on social media just chatting the hours away, correct yourself but condemn yourself, tomorrow is another day to make things right and accomplish more.

A little here today, a little there tomorrow and you’ll find yourself bidding this thief of time bye.

Scriptures To Consider About Procrastination

Proverbs 20:4

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

Proverbs 24:20-24

I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

John 9:4

We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.


Do you have other ways you get things done, please share with us.

See you next week.

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