Such bad habits as laziness, procrastination, being always late and a lack of effective time management skills are usually accompanied by many other negative habits and behaviors. In particular, it is obvious that if a person can’t estimate own time and always runs behind the schedule, his or her life is also filled up with incorrect self-esteem and ineffective decision making. In other words, latecomers very often have problems with consulting their inner self and deciding what is right and what is wrong for them. That is why they have difficulties with reacting on the events in an adequate manner and making good choices in their behaviors.
It is very important for such people to understand their problem and do everything possible to learn how to take control of their life. Certain personal approaches and trainings can be of a great help for developing effective decision making skills. For example, the concept of being proactive described by S. Covey in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People can be a very interesting exercise for many modern people who are willing to develop their personality, learn to make more considered and independent decisions, become more self-aware and successful in this life.
The trick is about not just merely reacting on the events that occur in your life, but being able to model various situations and events that could possibly occur in the future and find the ways to respond on them. Being proactive means acting ahead and using your foresight to predict certain situations which would possibly happen in your life. This way you will learn to construct, visualize and mentally process various situations, external or internal, generate a number of possible solutions, evaluate them and choose the most optimal and the best ones.
The main advantage of being proactive is the opportunity to train your mind in its abilities to find alternative solutions and decisions in various situations. You will be able to engineer different sets of circumstances and evaluate every single approach to finding effective solutions. Being proactive is a great tool to learn how to be more responsible in your life, learn how to get concentrated on solving the problems and not avoid them or procrastinate. This technique can help you evaluate critically your daily behavior and use your skills more effectively. And, finally, it can help you to get some motivation, learn to stick with the schedules and be more punctual.