As preppers, we can sometimes get a little too confident in our skills. We think that we are above making the same mistakes and pitfalls that are common in the everyday lives of others. But we all have our weaknesses, and for me, it’s procrastination.
Let’s face it, prepping is hard work. Even if I know what needs to be done, doing it is another thing altogether. Why do today what can be put off until tomorrow?
But as a prepper, I know that “tomorrow” as I’m thinking of it might never come. A prepper has to always consider himself on the brink of disaster and prepare accordingly. If you truly expect the unexpected, then you know that putting things off is out of the question. You have to be ready at all times.
Procrastination: The Prepper’s Enemy
To make it easier to understand the difference between a prepper and a procrastinator, use a timeline. The former lives in the the future and the latter lives in the past; it’s that simple.
True preppers do their best every day to get ready for the worst situation imaginable, while procrastinators think, “Oh, I will just deal with it later.” We might poke fun at our friends, family or even ourselves for a bad procrastination habit, but the truth is that when it comes to survival, procrastinators are headed for certain defeat and failure. Preppers on the other hand, boost their chances of survival simply because they are ready for the worst.
Here are some tips to help you avoid the temptation to procrastinate. Take a look at the full article.
Learning to Overcome Prepper Procrastination
Procrastination is a trait that we all share. For some, procrastination means putting off tasks or chores that are tedious, time-consuming, or simply downright boring. To others, it means never quite getting to the task list because there are other, more entertaining distractions to fill up the time.
Whatever the reason, procrastination is problem with a lot of preppers: the research is done, the budget is set, the checklists are printed out and ready to go and then what? Nothing.
Today I examine those insidious roadblocks to getting things done as well as steps that I personally take to overcome what I call “Prepper Procrastination”. And for me this is timely since whether you want to believe it or not, I still have a large list of items I have been meaning to take care of, prepping-wise, and just never quite make time.
Let me start out by defining some of the excuses that prevent us from reaching our preparedness goals.
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
Ask ten different people why they have not accomplished their preparedness goals and chances are that one of the following excuses will apply:
I don’t know how to get started
It will take too much time
People with think I am crazy (or strange, weird or nuts)
I don’t feel like it (or want to)
I can’t afford it
Why bother? If it is the end of the world, it will not matter
I am not sure it is necessary
One common denominator to each excuse other than “I can’t afford it”, is that the excuse is not a well-thought out, reasonable objection. Instead, it is an emotional response designed to delay doing something that may be unpleasant or fearful.
Overcoming the Excuses and Getting Stuff Done
The question at hand is how does a person move from this place of ineffective procrastination?
I would like to suggest that you pick a single task from your list and make one small baby-step toward getting that task started if not completely done. An effective way to do that is something I learned years ago in the business world: come to terms with the objection and face it head on.
The prepper’s state of mind is far different from that of the non-prepper. (At least…it should be.) It’s a simple case of action versus inaction.
This is not to say that the procrastinator is suffering from complete, clinical laziness. It’s usually just that they lack belief in themselves and their capabilities. They think they would not do well or that they perform better under pressure. Sometimes they simply think they cannot succeed.
Many solutions can be found to counter the bad habit but there must be a willingness in the procrastinator to change his ways. If you want to be a prepper, just get started. Make preparations now; it might be too late to do so tomorrow. Get involved in the movement. Join a preparedness group. The positivity, eagerness and vigor in others will definitely affect you in a positive way.
Do not wait until tomorrow, start prepping!