How to break the habit of procrastination

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Has anybody overcome weakness or a bad habit with help from God?

I'm a procrastinator. You could say my bad habit of procrastination is serious. I feel lethergic. Procrastination is a sin, isn't it? There are some verses about laziness. I also pray our heavenly Father for help overcoming the habit, but I don't know what to do...
Could anybody tell me how you break your bad habit or give me some advice?
 

Pemican

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This is a rather big question actually. Procrastination could be for one of many different reasons. You could actually be tired and worn out and not have the energy to do anything, so you need to rest first. You could be putting something off because you don't know how to solve the problem. You could be avoiding it because it is a distasteful or onerous task. But another reason is because of fear. You may be afraid to do something that you should do, again for many different reasons. So examine yourself carefully and figure out why in each case you procrastinate. If it is because of fear, that is a sin. So first confess your sin to God, then tackle the job knowing God is with you and is your help.
 

breno785au

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Has anybody overcome weakness or a bad habit with help from God?

I'm a procrastinator. You could say my bad habit of procrastination is serious. I feel lethergic. Procrastination is a sin, isn't it? There are some verses about laziness. I also pray our heavenly Father for help overcoming the habit, but I don't know what to do...
Could anybody tell me how you break your bad habit or give me some advice?
What is it that you are procrastinating against?
I know for me, I would procrastinate because I was afraid.
 

JaumeJ

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One day while watching Joyce Mayer I was graced to do something I never thought I would or could. She explained that when we give up danything for the glory of God it is like putting up a freewill offering in hope and thanksgiving. It burns and makes a wonderful aromaa to our Father.

I put out the cigarette I was smoking thinking how wonderful it would be to do something in true gratitude to our Father, and leaving a three pack a day habit with two cartons of cigarettes in the cupboard I stopped a long habit of tobacco........that was over twenty/five years ago. It was and is a joyous thing to do. Praise God, amen.
 

JesusLives

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One day while watching Joyce Mayer I was graced to do something I never thought I would or could. She explained that when we give up danything for the glory of God it is like putting up a freewill offering in hope and thanksgiving. It burns and makes a wonderful aromaa to our Father.

I put out the cigarette I was smoking thinking how wonderful it would be to do something in true gratitude to our Father, and leaving a three pack a day habit with two cartons of cigarettes in the cupboard I stopped a long habit of tobacco........that was over twenty/five years ago. It was and is a joyous thing to do. Praise God, amen.
I so wish my Tourist would quit smoking. Praise God He helped you kick the habit.
 

JesusLives

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Also wish my honey would quit procrastinating about wearing his new dentures instead of letting them sit in the plastic case.
 
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EliBeth

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Hello again, Avisanct! 🙂 And yes, indeed, I have overcome weakness and bad habits THROUGH the power of Almighty God! There have been a number of things He has convicted me that I needed to give up (e.g. phone for a couple of years, mascara and eyeliner, relationships, disrespecting parents, watching reading or listening to secular content). Let me testify to the fact that He has proven Himself Faithful! I give Him all of the glory. And I am still a work in progress.

A) It's great you're acknowledging the problem and praying for help, because those are the first steps. 👍 Next start small. Is there some small goal you could make so that you wouldn't be overwhelmed? My Dad says, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." 🙂It takes gradual progression. So my advice is to determine a do-able goal and then begin to work toward meeting that goal. Example: I will complete 2 tasks around the house today. Continue to work at meeting that goal every day for a week. Then set a little bit more challenging goal.

B) Do remember, dear Avisanct, to not allow your focus to be on self-condemnation. Romans 8:1 says there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. The enemy, Satan, wants to discourage and immobilize us. So don't let him. Rather, read and repeat aloud Scriptures about the power of God and His equipping. Ephesians 3:20 says He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us. I would encourage you to go ahead and start thanking/praising God for the victory over this procrastination.

C) For me, in my striving to overcome I have had to do some serious severing. By severing I mean if there are things that enable you to keep doing this bad habit, you need to sever it's influence. So in your situation with procrastination is there anything that enables you to keep procrastinating? If I knew some specific things you are in the habit of putting off I might could explain myself better. But I know I had a bad habit of spending too much time on Facebook a few years ago, so I had to delete (sever myself from) my account. Do you get up late and therefore have insufficient hours in the day to complete all of your responsibilities? This is just something I have had to implement in my life- cutting off those things which prevent me from giving myself fully to God.

Hope this helps some. ❤️
 

morefaithrequired

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Has anybody overcome weakness or a bad habit with help from God?

I'm a procrastinator. You could say my bad habit of procrastination is serious. I feel lethergic. Procrastination is a sin, isn't it? There are some verses about laziness. I also pray our heavenly Father for help overcoming the habit, but I don't know what to do...
Could anybody tell me how you break your bad habit or give me some advice?
I'm not sure I can help you now. Look I'll think about it and get back to you tomorrow. How does that sound?
 

JaumeJ

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I so wish my Tourist would quit smoking. Praise God He helped you kick the habit.
Also wish my honey would quit procrastinating about wearing his new dentures instead of letting them sit in the plastic case.
I think all who will should pray for both of these needs. Pray for my teeth too if you all will. I had one capped a couple of years ago, it came out about seven times the first year and a hals when I decided to just leave it off, then I did go to the dentist again with cap/in/hand, and this time they relly worked it, and praise God it seems sto want to say but now I am feeling atooth ache comin on on the other side , a molar. Thanks fam...…...….God bless you..j
 
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tasha66

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One day while watching Joyce Mayer I was graced to do something I never thought I would or could. She explained that when we give up danything for the glory of God it is like putting up a freewill offering in hope and thanksgiving. It burns and makes a wonderful aromaa to our Father. I put out the cigarette I was smoking thinking how wonderful it would be to do something in true gratitude to our Father, and leaving a three pack a day habit with two cartons of cigarettes in the cupboard I stopped a long habit of tobacco........that was over twenty/five years ago. It was and is a joyous thing to do. Praise God, amen.
I applaud you for being so strong. Well done!!
 

JesusLives

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I think all who will should pray for both of these needs. Pray for my teeth too if you all will. I had one capped a couple of years ago, it came out about seven times the first year and a hals when I decided to just leave it off, then I did go to the dentist again with cap/in/hand, and this time they relly worked it, and praise God it seems sto want to say but now I am feeling atooth ache comin on on the other side , a molar. Thanks fam...…...….God bless you..j
Sorry to hear you are having this problem. Prayers for solution and pain free.