Do you put the Pro in procrastination?
For most of us, procrastinating is one of our most “ambitious” attributes. Especially when it comes to the things we don’t want to do. (you’d think that would go without saying, but think of how many things you put off that you don’t even mind doing!)
Before we jump right into the 5 things you can do to stop procrastinating, let’s first take a look at WHY we may be procrastinating in the first place!
You’ve heard of cause and effect, well, let’s dig into some causes that effect you not getting things done.
5 reasons WHY you may be procrastinating:
- Can’t make up your mind – indecision. So you overwhelm yourself to the point of paralyzation.
- Perfectionism. If you can’t do it perfectly, have all the right things in order, find the right time, etc. why bother?
- Fear. Of what, is anyone’s guess, but most likely a false “reality” messing with you AND any potential progress you could be making.
- Frustration turned to anger. Probably due to the first three on this list and most likely everyone’s fault who is in your current “space”.
- Laziness. Sometimes you just don’t feel like it, so you sit around and wait til you do. (still waiting?)
I’m sure there are more, but why belabor the point to prove our procrastination tactics. Let’s get on to the potential solutions shall we?
5 ways you can STOP procrastinating:
- No excuses! Stop the “I’m gonna, I will, I want to…” and prioritize the important.
- Start NOW! Write 3 things down that you’ve been putting off and choose ONE to get started on now.
- Plan it! Things that get scheduled, happen. You don’t miss Dr. appointments, so make the priorities an appointment with you.
- Do it scared! Fear is an excuse. So what you don’t have all the answers, experience or know how, you learn as you go and make adjustments and improvements.
- Focus on the gain not the pain! What will you get if you follow through? If it’s worth wanting, it’s worth trying for it!
Okay, so now we know the potential reasons why and what we can do to stop our progress hindering procrastination, but the real question is will we take the necessary actions?
Looking to put the PRO in progress right there with ya,