What should you be doing right now?
How long is your current to-do list?
How long have those tasks been on your to-do list?
If your answers to those questions made you cringe, you probably suffer from a perfectly natural teenage condition: procrastination. Most people do it. Some people are worse about it than others. But have you ever thought about how your tendency to procrastinate is affecting your efforts to bring glory to God?
You might think it’s not that serious, as long as you get everything done eventually. But if this is a regular problem for you, it is serious, and it’s time to get serious about fixing it. Here’s why.
What Could You Do In the Next Few Years?
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
Do you think always putting things off until the last minute is walking as wise or making the best use of the time?
Yeah. Probably not.
God has given us exactly 24 hours in a day and seven days in a week, and it’s up to you how you use that time. It really is precious, and it is a gift that should absolutely not be wasted. He didn’t give us life only to have us sit around and look at our phones all of the time.
There are always important things to do, whether that means homework, working on a goal, exercising, learning new things, spending time with your family, or serving others. You only have so many hours in your life. When you get near the end of your life, will you look back and be glad that you spent so much time how you did when you were a teenager?
Think about how much you could do if you committed to using your time well from now on!
Working for God
You have probably heard this verse before:
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Have you ever actually thought about it? The way you do your normal, everyday chores and schoolwork would probably change a lot if you had the mindset of doing it for God.
He sees your work. All of it. Even the work that no one else sees. And He is pleased when you work hard and do your best on everything, even the mundane things. Procrastination affects the quality of your work; if you are late with something, you are more likely to work faster and sloppier. The paper will be poorly written, the cleaning will be incomplete, the book will be skimmed but not fully read and digested.
That’s not the kind of work God wants from you.
But Wait! A Few Caveats
There are a few things I want to say in caution, ways I do NOT want this article taken.
First of all, this doesn’t mean that you can never rest. Rest is from God just as work is from God. But resting does not mean wasting two hours on Twitter. Resting means taking time to relax, play with your siblings, take a walk, or just sit quietly for a few minutes. Resting is a break from work to rejuvenate and refresh your mind and body.
Secondly, this does not mean that you can never go on social media or watch movies or YouTube. Just don’t let those things take over your life! Movies can be a form of rest, in moderation. YouTube can be fun to watch occasionally, especially if you’re sick. But be careful that you don’t get sucked into using it too often.
Thirdly, this does not mean that everything you do has to perfect all of the time. If you are a perfectionist, like me, an article like this might easily be twisted in your head to mean that every task you do has to be spotless and perfect.This is not true! Simply put your best effort into everything you do and don’t be lazy.
How to Overcome Procrastination
Here is where this article could become like every other article on procrastination and time management. I could tell you to give yourself rewards, to make the task fun, to prioritize. But I think we’ve all heard those things before, and do they really help? Not particularly.
I doubt that this is what you want to hear. But the only way to get over procrastination is to just do it. Seriously. You just have to sit down and force yourself to get the task done.
People don’t like this fact, because it is hard. It is incredibly hard to have enough self-discipline to turn off the phone and take out the pencil. But it is really the only thing that will really work.
Sure, you can offer yourself a reward, but honestly, how motivating is that for real? And how fun can you possibly make some homework tasks?
Just sit down, get the task done, and breath a sigh of relief when you’re done. Then go do something that is truly restful.
And my other tip for you is to pray. Pray often. Pray that God would help you overcome your natural tendency to laziness or your struggle to manage your time well. He can and will work in you and help you get rid of this habit. Don’t give up!
P.S. If you struggle with time management, check out my article of time management tips for help!
Do you struggle with procrastination or have tips to help those who do? If so, share in the comments below!
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