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Salam, I thought of discussing a topic that was not talked about in any of these forums since I felt it was a very important issue to discuss. Laziness & Procrastination in the eyes of Islams and ahlu el beit. How to deal with and how to overcome it? What are the seeds of Procrastination? And is it truly a product of the shaytan? Now this is what I think of all of this. 1. Due to Procastination and laziness we tend to loose out on many opportunities that is coming our way. 2. We become less active physically, spiritually and even mentally. 3. Due to lack of productivity we loose the essence in our life. We become empty inside with no meaning since we spend our time doing nothing and accomplishing nothing. 4. We never reach our potential. We keep on putting off doing the same thing over and over again so we literally end up getting stuck in the same square NEVER moving forward. And due to that we feel unhappy about ourselves and we start getting depressed about the state that we are in. 5. YES we do know what the solution to our problem is..WE KNOW that we have to get up and do whatever needs to be done to move forward in our life..not only to make ourselves better but also to improve the quality of our life whether it is spiritually, physically, mentally or financially. 6. We are our own obstacles so how can we overcome that?? And how can we defeat the "Laziness syndrome" ?? 7. What did the prophet P.B.U.H say about this? What did ahlu el beit say about this? 8. How can we use Islam to help us overcome this and live a better life? All of these interesting questions and statements I felt I should share with you so we can open our eyes to this issue. If you look around to see many of the wealthy people or people with power worked very hard to get to where they are..yes there is exceptions and yes there are certain people that abused power and got rich just by doing nothing but that is not what I am talking about. I'm talking about the people that got there by working hard. Why are we as muslims still lacking behind unable to produce great things and to get to great places? It is because we are unwilling to work hard and put all our energies toward reaching our goals. So how can we change that?? What do you guys think?? “Everyone who is being overtaken by death asks for more time while everyone who still has time makes excuses for procrastination” Imam Ali
[The author of this article recently won the Ig Nobel Prize for Literature for his work on procrastination] How to Procrastinate and Still Get Things Done By John Perry I have been intending to write this essay for months. Why am I finally doing it? Because I finally found some uncommitted time? Wrong. I have papers to grade, a grant proposal to review, drafts of dissertations to read. I am working on this essay as a way of not doing all of those things. This is the essence of what I call structured procrastination, an amazing strategy I have discovered that converts procrastinators into effective human beings, respected and admired for all that they can accomplish and the good use they make of time. All procrastinators put off things they have to do. Structured procrastination is the art of making this bad trait work for you. The key idea is that procrastinating does not mean doing absolutely nothing. Procrastinators seldom do absolutely nothing; they do marginally useful things, such as gardening or sharpening pencils or making a diagram of how they will reorganize their files when they find the time. Why does the procrastinator do these things? Because accomplishing these tasks is a way of not doing something more important. If all the procrastinator had left to do was to sharpen some pencils, no force on earth could get him to do it. However, the procrastinator can be motivated to do difficult, timely, and important tasks, as long as these tasks are a way of not doing something more important. To make structured procrastination work for you, begin by establishing a hierarchy of the tasks you have to do, in order of importance from the most urgent to the least important. Even though the most-important tasks are on top, you have worthwhile tasks to perform lower on the list. Doing those tasks becomes a way of not doing the things higher on the list. With this sort of appropriate task structure, you can become a useful citizen. Indeed, the procrastinator can even acquire, as I have, a reputation for getting a lot done. The most perfect situation for structured procrastination that I have encountered occurred when my wife and I served as resident fellows in Soto House, a Stanford University dormitory. In the evening, faced with papers to grade, lectures to prepare, and committee work to do, I would leave our cottage next to the dorm and go over to the lounge and play Ping-Pong with the residents or talk things over with them in their rooms -- or even just sit in the lounge and read the paper. I got a reputation for being a terrific resident fellow, one of the rare profs on campus who spent time with undergraduates and got to know them. What a setup: Play Ping-Pong as a way of not doing more important things, and get a reputation as Mr. Chips. Procrastinators often follow exactly the wrong tack. They try to minimize their commitments, assuming that if they have only a few things to do, they will quit procrastinating and get them done. But this approach ignores the basic nature of the procrastinator and destroys his most important source of motivation. The few tasks on his list will be, by definition, the most important. And the only way to avoid doing them will be to do nothing. This is the way to become a couch potato, not an effective human being. At this point you may be asking, "How about the important tasks at the top of the list?" Admittedly, they pose a potential problem. The second step in the art of structured procrastination is to pick the right sorts of projects for the top of the list. The ideal projects have two characteristics -- they seem to have clear deadlines (but really don't), and they seem awfully important (but really aren't). Luckily, life abounds with such tasks. At universities, the vast majority of tasks fall into those two categories, and I'm sure the same is true for most other institutions. Take, for example, the item at the top of my list right now -- finishing an essay for a volume on the philosophy of language. It was supposed to be done 11 months ago. I have accomplished an enormous number of important things as a way of not working on it. A couple of months ago, nagged by guilt, I wrote a letter to the editor saying how sorry I was to be so late and expressing my good intentions to get to work. Writing the letter was, of course, a way of not working on the article. It turned out that I really wasn't much further behind schedule than anyone else. And how important is this article, anyway? Not so important that at some point something that I view as more important won't come along. Then I'll get to work on it. Let me describe how I handled a familiar situation last summer. The book-order forms for a class scheduled for fall were overdue by early June. By July, it was easy to consider this an important task with a pressing deadline. (For procrastinators, deadlines start to press a week or two after they pass.) I got almost daily reminders from the department secretary; students sometimes asked me what we would be reading; and the unfilled order form sat right in the middle of my desk for weeks. This task was near the top of my list; it bothered me -- and motivated me to do other useful, but superficially less important, things. In fact, I knew that the bookstore was already plenty busy with forms filed by non-procrastinators. I knew that I could submit mine in midsummer and things would be fine. I just needed to order popular books from efficient publishers. I accepted another, apparently more important, task in early August, and my psyche finally felt comfortable about filling out the order form as a way of not doing this new task. At this point, the observant reader may feel that structured procrastination requires a certain amount of self-deception, since one is, in effect, constantly perpetrating a pyramid scheme on oneself. Exactly. One needs to be able to recognize and commit oneself to tasks with inflated importance and unreal deadlines, while making oneself feel that they are important and urgent. This clears the way to accomplish several apparently less urgent, but eminently achievable, tasks. And virtually all procrastinators also have excellent skills at self-deception -- so what could be more noble than using one character flaw to offset the effects of another? http://chronicle.com...nateStill/93959 Ig Nobel Prize link: http://www.improbabl...winners/#ig2011
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