Procrastination and Discipline

It is 16 minutes past my deadline. Change that to 17 minutes. I’m just going to be honest with all of you: I had 4 ½ days to write this blog and I didn’t start it till 16-17 minutes past the deadline. As you can see, I have a problem with procrastination. Okay but lets be real, how many of us don’t?

It is now 12:30 am and I’m only on the second paragraph but still going strong. I tend to do this with both school AND church related stuff. The only thing is I always make sure to complete my school assignments because I know that I’ll face direct, immediate consequences if I don’t finish them. Unfortunately, when it comes to reading the Bible and praying I always tell myself that I’ll eventually do them, that I’ll do them at a “more convenient” time. I always somehow convince myself that I’m “too busy” or “too tired” to read the Bible/pray at that moment and end up not doing either until the next time I go to church.

It is now 12:45am and I’m moving onto the third paragraph. Still going strong. The problem with this procrastination is that it starts to put more and more distance between you and God. Just because we don’t see a direct or immediate consequence doesn’t mean that there isn’t one. Maintaining a relationship with God is like maintaining a relationship with anyone else. Communication is key. When we put off talking to our friends, we often drift apart from them, right? Well, that’s how it’s like with God. The difference is that God is more patient than most of our friends. Rather than growing impatient with us and throwing shade at us when we come running back to Him like our friends would, God embraces us in loving arms full of joy.

In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, it tells us that we need to have self-discipline and to keep our eyes on the prize aka eternal life.

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”

So now the question is, how do we keep ourselves from procrastinating?

Prioritize!!! Try starting off your day with QT’s (Quiet Times)! Make sure you wake up early enough so that you’re not in any rush to get off to whatever you need to do that day! Or if you don’t feel like you’re up for that challenge, set apart a certain time that you do your QT everyday and don’t make excuses! And of course accountability partners will come in handy to keep you on track. I have a couple of my own who stay up with me to make sure I get my things done and get onto me when I don’t finish what I need to. Those will probably be the most helpful in making sure that you don’t procrastinate.

At first, it’ll be hard, but after a while you’ll get the hang of it! Self-discipline comes with practice, so don’t lose hope when you mess up! Remember that God is always waiting for you with open arms and that you can always work towards a deeper relationship with Him!

(It is now way past my deadline.)