Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The PRO in procrastination
Those of us who procrastinate don't take the subject lightly. We dive into it all the way, fully committing to doing our own thing in our own time.
There's so many of us, we've become a "Nation" of folks who just let it ride. Our national motto is "I'll get to it later."
Later's always better. First, later stretches to infinity, so there's no deadline imposed. Doing something later assumes you'll be fresher or better prepared or more motivated to take on that dreaded task. Postponing an action gives someone else the opportunity to step forward, and let's you off the hook.
Sound familiar? I bet it does.
When something comes up we're not interested in doing, it doesn't become any more appealing with time. In fact, once the task is postponed, it's easier to keep postponing it.
Got a household chore you hate? A work product you've been dreading? A term paper that's due tomorrow? Just thinking about those things is stressful.
Why do we duck out on certain things and not on others?
We're afraid we'll mess it up or do worse than last time.
The process is too complex to understand all at once.
We don't want to do it and you can't make us.
We don't care about the task.
We can't focus on something big; there's too many little things that have to be done.
We don't know how to get started.
It's not in our wheelhouse. The effort won't meet our minimum standards.
It's human nature to avoid pain and hardship and to seek pleasurable endeavors. You can't fail at something if you haven't tried it yet, but the trick is to understand why you don't want to do something.
If you're afraid, work on addressing the fear.
If you're overwhelmed, break the task into smaller steps and reward yourself for each step of the way.
If its out of your area, learn how to do it.
If starting is a problem, trick yourself by saying you're just going to get the tools for the job out.
Before you know it, you'll be motoring along on the road to completion. Commit to your task with a new focus and before you know it, you'll be moving on to better things.
Happy November everyone!
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