Who hasn’t chosen to clean the sock drawer instead of making the unwanted appointment? Or decided the bathroom tile needed to be scrubbed down with a toothbrush ASAP!
Why is it the most mundane things suddenly become fascinating to the procrastinating mind?
Most of us procrastinate from time to time. But it’s usually the bigger things that stop us dead in our tracks – things that require our full commitment and concentration, and potentially put us at risk of failing, losing face, or feeling vulnerable.
• Changing careers
• Apologizing to someone
• Pursing a lifelong dream
• Having a tough conversation with a friend or coworker
When you put off, hold back and delay your destiny it costs you not only in terms of time, money, and productivity it also takes a toll on your emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health as well.
Why Do You Procrastinate?
Before you can understand why you procrastinate and how you can loosen the grip, let’s first look at what procrastination is.
Procrastination is voluntarily delaying essential tasks despite knowing it will have negative consequences. Basically, you postpone difficult or stressful actions in favor of ones that are more pleasurable.
HERE ARE 7 COMMON REASONS WHY YOU & I PROCRASTINATE:
Perfectionists find it difficult to take action unless they’re certain of a successful outcome. They’d prefer to be judged as lacking in effort rather than lacking in ability. So they divorce themselves from the result and live to delay another day.
The dog wants to go on a “Joyfest” in the sunny park.
A friend sends you another “Must See” crazy cat video.
The smell of chai latte is making your mouth water!
Life is full of temptations enticing you to play “hooky” from what you know you desire to do.
The phone, email, social media, someone at the door – all serve as interruptions that can derail you and pull you off center.
(4) FEELING OVERWHELMED
A complex project can leave you wondering where to start. You’re confused. You feel alone and you freeze.
(5) FEARING THE OUTCOME
Sometimes you’re afraid of failure and the feelings of inadequacy that follow. Other times you fear success because with success comes the uncertainty of change and personal growth and that can create anxiety and stress.
(6) DISINTEREST IN THE ACTIVITY
For some, staying motivated is hard enough. If you become disinterested in the bigger picture project or the tasks at hand it’s easy to lose sight and give up.
(7) LACK OF SELF REGULATION
We all have the ability to control the way we respond to situations but when procrastination takes over we ditch are ability to control our impulses, we let our “Negative Nellie” trigger our disbelief and we lose our cool under pressure.
MANAGING OUR EMOTIONS SEEMS TO BE AT THE CORE OF PROCRASTINATION.
These reasons all have one thing in common.
The F word…
We fear physical, emotional, mental, financial, and or spiritual pain.
So we avoid taking action to stay in our super safe comfort zone.
THE COST OF SNUGGLING UP WITH COMFORT
Everyone needs a safe place to land their head and heart – a place where we feel comforted and protected from an unpredictable and, at times, chaotic world. So we surround our self with people in an environment where we feel safe, and we create habits that make us feel protected.
Procrastination offers the illusion of comfort – by putting things off you avoid the stress and anxiety that can accompany change, even if the change is positive. The trouble with your “Comfort Zone” is it tends to keep your world small and you miss out on new fulfilling experiences, quality social interactions, and soul-centered opportunities.
Procrastination usually forces you to face your fears one way or another. Facing your fears head on, though scary, means you get to be in charge of your own magnificent life force and you get to choose living your dreams over organizing the sock drawer!
When I procrastinate, I understand that I’m just delaying the inevitable.
I’m conscious that each time I procrastinate it seems harder and bigger than it actually is. Procrastination becomes more intimidating to me and gets easier to do again because of the shame from not doing it in the first place.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU DEALT WITH THE BEAST OF PROCRASTINATION?
I had to look directly in the face of my own fear, procrastination and perfectionism within the last year and start getting real!
HERE ARE A FEW WAYS I RELEASED MY OWN BOUTS WITH PROCRASTINATION & PERFECTIONISM:
• I finally gave myself permission to be human.
• I cultivated a compassionate, wise loving adult part of myself that makes decisions based on doing something really well instead of perfect.
• I created momentum to move forward regardless of how messy things may have gotten.
• I provided myself with forgiveness, focused on the present moment, and adjusted my plans according to what naturally came my way.
It’s only by taking small but conscious and continuous action that your desires and goals become real.
Let’s Not Forget That…
• Inspired action is the answer to the freeze of fear.
• Momentum is your friend and distraction diminishes your genius.
• The only way you’ll actually fall short is by not taking any inspired action at all.
If you continue to harness your commitment, dedication, persistence and patience, I promise, you can and will move out of procrastination to the brilliant achievement of your dreams.
You’ve got this.
Now go make some magic!
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