I have a confession to make: I waited until the very last minute to write this blog post.
Why? I work best under pressure. Really? That’s just another excuse I tell myself, but in reality, it’s procrastination. No matter how many productivity tips I discover, procrastination still stalks me from time to time.
Procrastination Is a Universal Problem
Most of us know what we need to do, we just put it off. The problem with procrastination is that it becomes a way of life, a lifestyle. The more you do it, the better you become at it. Some people are professional procrastinators. They are very, very good at it.
The Bible has something to say about procrastination.
Anyone who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins. James 4:17
I know the things I ought to do, and I don’t do them. Here’s why:
Indecision Causes Procrastination
A double minded man is unstable in all he does. James 1:8
Indecision causes procrastination. Have you ever sent a waiter away at a restaurant because you couldn’t make up your mind? Indecision causes you to postpone buying a car, choosing a college, getting married, buying new clothes or changing jobs.
Perfectionism Causes Procrastination
If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done!
Perfectionism produces procrastination. It causes all kinds of problems. If you wait for conditions to be perfect, you’re going to wait a long time. You don’t have the time or the money for things to be perfect.
Fear Causes Procrastination
When you’re afraid, you tend to put things off. How many of you have been postponing going to the dentist? Or having that needed surgery? Or getting marriage counseling? Sharing your faith at work? Ask yourself, “What am I afraid of?”