To quote Shakespeare, “defer no time, delays have dangerous ends”. Perhaps it’s an exaggeration, yet the essence of these words perfectly resonates with that of modern day procrastination. We are all guilty of procrastination. Either due to laziness or due to lack of will, no matter what the reason, every person has unduly delayed taking up an important task at least once every week. Hoping to do it later when he feels more motivated.

There are days when you have loads of work pending but you don’t start until the deadline approaches. You keep delaying your work thinking that there will be a right time to do it or when you feel like doing it but time will not wait and lost time is never found again. To put off today’s work on tomorrow is never a wise thing to do. Time is a precious commodity. Every minute, every second is a luxury that must not go wasted. These wise words by Marc Levy cannot be more true. “If you want to know the value of one year, just ask a student who failed a course. If you want to know the value of one month, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby. If you want to know the value of one hour, ask the lovers waiting to meet. If you want to know the value of one minute, ask the person who just missed the bus. If you want to know the value of one second, ask the person who just escaped death in a car accident.

And if you want to know the value of one-hundredth of a second, ask the athlete who won a silver medal in the Olympics.” Indeed each and every second of your life has an impact on the outcome of your actions depending on how carefully you use this time.

If you take too much time to start a job it will take the longest to finish. Procrastination is not a mental condition, it is not an involuntary phenomena. It is simply a state of mind in which you fail to channel your inner energies. The energies that motivate your mind to focus and to work in its full capacity. With this state of mind you keep putting off your tasks until you feel ready and motivated. But procrastination is a thief of time and no one can afford this loss in today’s competitive world. So the question is how to avoid procrastination? How to alter this state of mind and channel our energies to motivate the mind? The answer lies in the cleansing of your mind and infusing it with the positive energies that will eventually unclog your thought process. Instead of waiting for that last minute panic to kick in, channel your energies and direct them to your brain. Breathe in the positive energies around you and breathe out the negative energies inside. Empower your mind and it will empower you.

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