Don’t Procrastinate on Reading This!
Jun. 6, 2016
On this one thing, nearly everyone can agree.
There can be a lot of various reasons for it – fear, laziness, lack of time management. The list goes on. But, we all can agree on one other aspect of it – procrastinating usually doesn’t do you or anybody else any good. It’s 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.
“Procrastination stops us from fulfilling our potential and disrupts our career, business, relationships, finances and health,” said Loni Simon, Director of Student Affairs at Concorde Career College’s North Hollywood, Calif. campus. “If 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.”
All of which begs the question: What are the best strategies to stop procrastination?
First and foremost, “be organized,” Simon said. “Prioritize a what-to-do list or write down goals and identify deadlines.
“Remember that prioritizing is not procrastinating.”
Simon said it also helps to try and maintain a “begin today” mentality.
“Let’s get out from our comfort zone every single day by stepping forward in a direction that inspires us and evaporates sheer laziness or excuses,” she said.
Finally, Simon said, “affirm and confirm.” Always tell yourself positive affirmations or thoughts. Say to yourself, “I can do it,” or “No task is too tough for me.” 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 simple
Other times, procrastination comes down to simply telling yourself not to do it.
Zane Wilson, MBA, CPC, Director of Student Affairs at Concorde’s 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
“Everyone procrastinates for various reasons,” Wilson said. “Either way, it’s a bad habit to get into, and we are all a little guilty at times.”
The Two-Minute Rule
James Clear, an expert on the science of human behavior, has written countless articles and publicly spoken on how to build better habits and has developed a method of countering procrastination called “The Two-Minute Rule.”
The Two-Minute Rule is actually quite simple and is based on a premise Clear refers to as the inertia of life – once you get started on an activity, you keep rolling. It embraces the notion that all sorts of good things happen once you get started.
With that in mind, Clear suggests starting activities that only take two minutes to complete, like writing, eating, reading or running. Just write one sentence (two minutes), and you’ll often find yourself writing for an hour. Want to eat healthier? Eat just one piece of fruit, and you’ll often find yourself eating more. Just read the first page of a book and, before you know it, three chapters are gone. Go out to run two minutes, and you’ll find yourself tacking on more time each time out. Sit down to study for two minutes, and you might just find yourself attaining that associate’s degree in health care you’ve wanted so long.
“Anyone can spare the next 120 seconds,” Clear stated. “Use this time to get one thing done.”
So, go ahead and do it. Check out our diploma options or put the pedal to the metal and enroll in an associates degree in health care. Now!