How to quit procrastinating

For REAL this time!

In an otherwise balanced human being, procrastination is probably one of the most self-defeating behaviours there is.

Put simply, procrastination is the practice of delaying activity on important tasks in order to engage in more pleasurable ones. And it can be chronic.

Any sufferer of procrastination knows what it feels like to have time literally slip away from them on a daily basis and feel crushed by the ever-increasing weight of a life unfulfilled. They also know the soul destroying feeling of worthlessness that comes from knowing their situation yet feeling helpless to do anything about it.

Like a junkie.

People who don’t suffer from procrastination love to point out that it’s nothing more than laziness, but that is just a lazy way of thinking.

Fear of failure or fear of success?

The issue that lurks beneath the surface of procrastination is fear. Fear of failure. Fear of success. If you do something and it doesn’t work out, you’ll feel like a failure. If you do something and it is a success, you won’t know how to handle it. Avoidance is how fear chooses to manifest itself on this occasion.

And as time moves on, our fear increases. That’s because the results of our procrastination builds up on a daily basis into a bigger and bigger monster under the bed. If we look away, we can avoid it eating us up. But every day that we look away it’s growing in size. It’s growing every time we can’t pay a bill, every time we miss a career deadline, every time we forget our promise to spend more time with our kids.

So, what can we do to defeat the monster?

There are many, many ways to defeat it. You’ll find probably a hundred different methods blogged about, but the core of the solution is this:

Take small daily action. Time boxing works well for this. Like someone who hates going to the gym but commits to doing 20 minutes, you’ll find that once you get started it’s much easier to keep going. That is the power of momentum. The Pomodoro Technique is a great way to segment your time and get started on short bursts of activity that quickly build up.

Create accountability. Talk to someone else about your problem and try to keep each other in check and motivated to put times and dates on your most important activities so that they get done.

Beware of analysis paralysis and “busyness”. It’s easy to feel that that you are doing something by analyzing it just so that you can get it right first time, or go about setting yourself up for success with plans and spreadsheets when all you are really doing is finding a way to rationalise not taking action.

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