One thing of that you come to realise as you go through life is that there is this belief that there is always ‘manyana’, tomorrow. This is seen most prominently in procrastinators and the levels at which this appears varies in the individual. The reality is that putting something off until tomorrow invariably ends up being put off for days, weeks or even months which will always end in you feeling miserable that you didn’t do what you set out to do.
Manyana is something that I have struggled with for sometime and I have tried a variety of methods to overcome this, from paper to-do lists, to electronic to-do lists, task lists in Outlook as well as many more. What all of these methods have in common is that they all rely on personal accountability, which basically means ‘how do you keep yourself accountable for not achieving the work you set out to do?’.
The curse of the procrastinator is that they will put off whatever task or work that needs to be done until such a time that putting it off is more painful than actually doing it. So the question must be, how do I ensure that it doesn’t come to this point? Well the answer to that is very personal and you must explore what works for you as there is no simple answer. For me the answer is to be accountable to others; being accountable to yourself works well for some people but not so good for others. The key for me is to make the statement on what I need to do to either friends, family, work colleagues etc, that way if I do not set out what I aim to achieve then I have to answer to others why not. Now that, for me, tends to have more pain than not doing what I set out to do in the first place. It’s not a perfect system but it is as good as it gets for now.
I’d love to hear what other have done or currently do to battle their demons.