Once you know why you procrastinate, half the job is done
Do you know why you procrastinate? Probably you say, “Yes, of course.” But then the immediate follow-up question comes: Why don’t you solve it?
In reality, most people believe they know why, but the truth is the opposite. In fact, we all procrastinate as it’s part of human behavior. Without being aware of it, we procrastinate every single day. The reason is quite simple. We are humans.
Procrastination exists because we decide to let it exist, which is a result of our emotional level. If we have duties to do that we know must be done, but at the same time we find the task very annoying, then immediately a voice somewhere tells us that there are “more important” things to do right now. Yes, the job we try to procrastinate is more critical, but the emotion you have creates an extraordinary lie you are willing to accept as the truth.
To prioritize correctly
A good example could be cleaning the house after a party. You probably recognize a situation like that, where whatever task is more important than cleaning up the house.
In my marathon training, I find it sometimes tough to jump out of bed early in the morning and get out there running. All possible excuses go through my head, trying to convince me that I should cancel the training this morning.
When I’m doing my weekly long run, sometimes a soft voice tells me after 15K that it is enough instead of continuing and do the 26K according to the plan.
How often does it happened that you have to execute a specific job with your computer, finding yourself after several hours answering emails or surfing around on websites having nothing to do with the task you are supposed to do?….or even worse, playing games recently downloaded.
The list of examples could be endless, but it all comes down to one central point:
The emotions win over rationality
There are many articles about procrastination, but in one or another way they all explain the behavior by “paying the price” by avoiding pain and continue in the comfort zone.
Why You Procrastinate is Often a Question of Being Cheated by Yourself
That little voice behind my ear telling me that it’s enough with 15K instead of the planned 26K appears when the legs start to be tired when you slowly begin to run out of energy, and the first signs of pain show up. That little voice tries to appeal to the way you are suffering and your low level of defense at that very moment.
The way I have solved the running issue is to run 13K and turn around back home again. That little trick makes it impossible to quit after half the distance, as you must take the way back home again. There is no other choice.
Applying this to the daily work would be to shut down all applications that do not have to do with the job you are planning to do. Yes, including your emails. This is an easy way only to concentrate on the actual task and not being disturbed by anything else.
Only focus on the task to do
Look after to get full focus on what is your “to-do-list” and focus 100% what’s next on the list. Turn off everything that could interrupt you, including cellphone and email inbox.
Identify your task in writing and give it a deadline
Without a daily written “what to do” in my marathon training, I would never come to the starting blocks properly trained. The same goes for my business. If you’re out driving and focus on other things than driving, you probably can guess what will happen.
Take airplane pilots with a lot of experience as a good example. They can probably fly their plane almost with the eyes closed. However, every single procedure during the flight is written down in their checklists. They read the checklists word by word when it’s time for the corresponding procedure.
Even with a lot of experience, you can forget something sometimes, and having the task written step-by-step, is a valuable tool when human failure sets in.
Break it down into various sub-tasks
If the work to do is of a specific size or complexity, it’s a good idea to break it down in minor sub-tasks.
It’s always easier to fulfill the entire job with many smaller tasks. As each sub-task gets fulfilled, it’s easier to jump over to the next one as all the victories along the road encourage and motivate to continue.
Everything in life has a purpose and all tasks, no matter how boring they are or whatever excuse we come up with to procrastinate.
Visualize the victory
Always give yourself a reward when it’s all ready. The pride you will feel that you now can celebrate what you accomplish.
One of the most frequent excuses to why you procrastinate is to blame others or circumstances for not getting things done. How easy wouldn’t it be to convince myself that today I should absolutely cancel my training when it’s raining, and the temperature is below what is typical for the season?
The circumstances make the decision for me. But that missing training session will influence my final result, and repeating it with a certain frequency, it will make it hard to fulfill the 26.2 miles marathon race I’m training for.
Always make yourself accountable
This is probably the most persuasive argument against procrastination, and you have to learn to do it. Remember:
No one else than yourself is responsible for your destiny.
These tips on how to eliminate procrastination are pretty simple, and probably no new science to you. However, from talking about it to making the journey often can be both a long and windy road, and it all comes down to be a cheater for that little voice behind your ear that consistently boosts procrastination into your life.
How often haven’t you promised yourself, your family, or friends that your life will change? How you are going to earn more money. You are going to have more time for friends and family. And you are going to have more freedom.
One of the main reasons that the change doesn’t take place is because of….yes, guess what…
Why You Procrastinate isn’t Because You Are Lazy
Maybe you even are trying something, but then…..
When you are ready to dive into it and figure out how business online really should be for you, you feel stuck. After a long working day, it’s like all motivation and inspiration just….disappear.
Don’t worry, I have been there, and I know exactly how you feel.
If you can relate to this, I want you to know that it’s not that you’re lacking motivation or don’t have the ability to reach your dreams….And can you guess what it is then?
Why you procrastinate isn’t because you’re lazy…not all.
You are just afraid!
Your thoughts have an impact on your behavior, which impacts the result you get. You start to question many things, and without even noticing it, the voice behind your ear turns you down to the most miserable person on earth.
STOP that [bu*&#*it] thinking!!!
Don’t let your mindset hold you back anymore! The day must come when you give yourself a chance to explore your true capacity…and do you know what?
That day is TODAY!
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