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June 19, 2020 Learning to Deal with Procrastination

 

Hello dear friends. How are you doing in your own little corner of the world? Real trying days ahead of us with the pandemic still on going, but I trust that we are all keeping safe, washing our hands regularly and using face masks if we need to go outside our homes. This is not a time to take careless steps and throw precaution to the wind. We can beat this if we maintain social distancing rules and good hygiene practices.

Today I would like to visit an issue that plagues not only young people but also matured adults, procrastination. We keep putting off what we know we are meant to do till the last minute, and then we are struggling to crawl out from under the heavy pile of undone tasks, full of regrets and wishing perhaps things were different.

Procrastination is defined by the online dictionary as the action of delaying or postponing something. This definition does not sound so bad, does it? That we delay something does not make it wrong, right?  Let us try another. Wikipedia defines it as “the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished by a certain deadline. It could be further stated as a habitual or intentional delay of starting or finishing a task despite knowing it might have negative consequences”. Why do we keep procrastinating when we know that it comes with consequences? Does God mind if I procrastinate after all there is no commandment that says “Thou shalt not procrastinate!”

Procrastination is human nature and when something is referred to as human nature, we tend to make a lot of excuses to defend ourselves. But it is time to stop playing the ostrich and hiding our head in the sand, we have to face our issue of always putting off tasks indefinitely and running into loads of trouble. As debaters in my primary school way back would argue, it is time to call a spade a spade and not a garden fork.

So for folks that are older, we have learnt a lot about not procrastinating by the painful and undesirable consequences we have had to live with. However, I think that for young teenagers, we can start early in identifying this problem and trying to deal with it early enough by the grace of God, as we are still being shaped in character. To this end an online webinar will hold on Saturday 27th June 2020 by 3pm. Details for the Webinar can be found on the flier below.

Like Truett Cathy said, “It is easier to build boys than to mend men”. I encourage every young person out there reading this to join this event. If you have or know any young person this event will be of benefit to, share the information with them so they can also join in. It is open to every young Teenager/Youth that is interested in dealing with this issue.

Looking forward to welcoming you to the webinar.

 

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