Telling someone who procrastinates to buy a weekly planner is like telling someone with chronic depression to just cheer up.
We have all procrastinated at one time or another. However, it is detrimental to our success.
The fear of failure (or success) can be a culprit – even though we might not understand that, our subconscious mind understands that completely.
Procrastination is a choice. It is not a disease. It is not something you were born with. Yes, procrastinating is you! It is your fault and your responsibility to overcome.
You can do it!
All it takes is recognizing what is causing it and dealing with it – which we are going to discuss in this article.
When you understand the causes of procrastination, you can root them out and kick procrastination in the procrastinator!
There are reasons that we procrastinate and once we understand the reasons, once we begin to recognize them, they are easy to fix.
- Procrastinators distract themselves (procrastinate) as a way of regulating their emotions such as fear of failure.
- It is better to “never get started” than it is to “get started and fail” – it is less painful not to have tried than it is to fail.
- A procrastinators might not understand this is what is happening inside their subconscious mind – but this is what’s happening.
- Procrastinators tend to come up with really good reasons why they aren’t taking action
Some of the things we come up with:
- I work better under pressure (wait until the last-minute people)
- It isn’t that important anyways (really, is that why it is keeping you up at night?)
- I’ll do it tomorrow (try reading “Goose Goofs Off”)
Procrastinators try their best to deceive themselves as to “why it is better to put it off than it is to get it done.”
Why does procrastination suck?
- Procrastination kills dreams. Dreams can’t come true unless you get started on them.
- Procrastination is more painful than doing the work.
It is critical that we eliminate procrastination in our lives.
The problem with procrastination is that we are surrounded by things that enable us to procrastinate. This is nothing new. Greek philosophers (Socrates and Aristotle) talked about procrastination. They called it Akrasia.
(I always thought Socrates looked like the Lion in “The Wizard of Oz”)
Akrasia means “the state of acting against your better judgment.”
So, it has been around a long time, perhaps since the beginning of humanity. However, it is detrimental to us and we must recognize and overcome it.
Procrastination is not good for our potential or our health. Procrastination has been associated with many health concerns:
- Compromised immune system – from the stress procrastinating causes
- More colds – sickness
- Insomnia – can’t sleep thinking about what you need to do
- Gastrointestinal problems – we won’t be explaining this one
If you want to stop procrastinating – then start doing the things you said you would do.
Yes….it is that easy. Only a procrastinating procrastinator would make it more difficult than that.
The solution is to…… “procrastinate procrastinating”. If you are a procrastinator – this shouldn’t be a problem!
The Ivy Lee Method
- Write down the six most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow. Do not write down more than six tasks.
- Prioritize those six items in order of their true importance.
- When you arrive tomorrow, concentrate only on the first task. Work until the first task is finished before moving on to the second task.
- Approach the rest of your list in the same fashion. At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to a new list of six tasks for the following day.
- Repeat this process every working day.
Let’s not over complicate procrastination – getting started, stops it.
Do you have something in your life that you have been putting off? Tell us what is standing in your way and what you intend to do about it in the comment section below.
Author: Philip Isaac
Philip Isaac is the founder of Electrified Mind. He is determined to reach the highest level of personal development as humanly possible by interacting with other world leaders through the Electrified Mind Podcast and absorbing all the knowledge they have to offer (you should join him). His overwhelming desire to make other people feel how he feels about life, drives him.