Procrastinate (verb): delay or postpone action; put off doing something.
Have you ever sat down to do an important task and then suddenly you discovered that you just watched your 4th YouTube video? Or perhaps you suddenly realize that you need to check on the price of socks on amazon or that your dishwasher needs to be unloaded? Or maybe you should go ahead and pick out your lunch, because after all its already 10:30am?
The next thing you know it’s the end of the day and your most important tasks have been moved up to the next day, once again.
Do you even realize that you spent the entire day avoiding the one or two things that actually mattered?
For many, procrastination is a strong and mysterious force that literally keeps you from completing your tasks, it has mutant like strength! The force of this evil is so destructive it can actually cause people to fail out of school, perform poorly at work, put your health on the backburner or even delay saving for retirement. Why the heck do people procrastinate?
It’s a regular old fashioned bad behavior. It is a lack of self-control, just like overeating, gambling and overspending. It happens when people enter into the FEAR zone, you know when you feel the anxiety creeping up or some self-manufactured negative feeling pops into your mind and you know you don’t want to – but you go ahead and open up Pinterest and off you go!
It will make you feel better temporarily, but unfortunately reality will come and bite you in the END! (the literal end!)
The deadlines are still headed your direction, the goals you set are getting further and further away and what happens next is the worst part. The side effects of procrastination. Shame, guilt, anger, disappointment and ultimately failure.
Ready to start the recovery process? Remember it’s one day at a time or one task at a time.
Step 1. Forgive Yourself. This will reduce the guilt which is a trigger for starting the vicious cycle over again.
Step 2. Ask yourself this question: “What is the one thing that I could do right now, which by doing so would make other things unnecessary or easier?”
Step 3. Do that thing.
The best way to get something done is to begin. I know, profound right?