Don’t Procrastinate on Reading This!
Jun. 6, 2016
On this one thing, nearly everyone can agree. Everybody procrastinates. There can be a lot of various reasons for it â fear, laziness, lack of time management. The list goes on. But, we all can agree on one other aspect of it â procrastinating usually doesnât do you or anybody else any good. Itâs simply a bad habit to start and, in the vast majority of instances, should be avoided, especially when pursuing an associates degree in health care. âProcrastination stops us from fulfilling our potential and disrupts our career, business, relationships, finances and health,â said Loni Simon, Director of Student Affairs at Concorde Career Collegeâs North Hollywood, Calif. campus. âIf we procrastinate for a long period of time, we think that our condition will improve and that one day we will have a stronger confidence or better solution. Unfortunately, it is the reverse. Unfulfilled goals and potentials will be buried.â All of which begs the question: What are the best strategies to stop procrastination? First and foremost, âbe organized,â Simon said. âPrioritize a what-to-do list or write down goals and identify deadlines. âRemember that prioritizing is not procrastinating.â Simon said it also helps to try and maintain a âbegin todayâ mentality. âLetâs get out from our comfort zone every single day by stepping forward in a direction that inspires us and evaporates sheer laziness or excuses,â she said. Finally, Simon said, âaffirm and confirm.â Always tell yourself positive affirmations or thoughts. Say to yourself, âI can do it,â or âNo task is too tough for me.â This not only will help you avoid procrastination, but will push you harder to finish that diploma program or associates degree in health care.
Keep it simpleOther times, procrastination comes down to simply telling yourself not to do it. Zane Wilson, MBA, CPC, Director of Student Affairs at Concordeâs Portland, Ore. campus, has a four-step method to combat the stalling.
- Make a decision to stop
- Set milestones or dates to accomplish tasks in advance
- Ask for accountability
- Pair up with someone who is organized and good with time management