Imagine how much you’d get done if you never procrastinated (like I did with this article that I had been meaning to write for awhile LOL).
I can feel your wheels turning…it would be a heck of a lot wouldn’t it???
We all know that procrastination is the greatest barrier to getting things done.
Now there is a train of thought that says effective procrastination is a strategy but I’ll save that for another day. Today, let’s just talk about reasons of procrastination which may give you insight into how to overcome it.
Reasons You Procrastinate
- Fear of failure. This is perhaps the most common cause of procrastination. After all, you can’t fail if you don’t try. Unfortunately, you can’t accomplish anything without taking action. If you find your life has been stuck in the same place for a long time, you’re most likely afraid of failing. Reframe the idea of failure and realize that it’s one of MANY possible results. You can choose to learn from that result and apply it to your next attempt. Repeating this process ensures success. In addition, expect to fail; it’s a part of life. I know, it sucks! But the more often you fail, the more quickly you’ll reach your goals. Avoid allowing an irrational fear to become an obstacle to getting things done.
- The need for perfection. The desire for perfection results in procrastination. Decide how good it really needs to be. There will never be a perfect moment or opportunity. Your results will never be perfect. Nothing needs to be perfect, so just get busy. By the way, I have a 3 part series on escaping perfectionism that you should read. 😉
- Getting started is the hardest part. This is especially true for stuff we already don’t want to do or feel like doing. But if it’s important, start small and simple. You’ll often find that a small amount of momentum is enough to do more work than you initially intended.
- A lack of self-discipline. Self-discipline is a valuable commodity, especially for the creation of new habits. Use your self-discipline wisely to develop the habits that will help you overcome procrastination.
- Fear of success. You might think a fear of success is ridiculous, but it’s very common. Success carries several burdens. You become more visible and have more responsibility when you’re successful. You are the victim of higher expectations from those around you (or at least we think we will be).
- The inability to deal effectively with discomfort. At the most basic level, procrastination comes into play when the thought of taking action results in more discomfort than you’re capable of dealing with at that moment. It’s only when the pain of not taking action becomes greater than the pain of avoidance that things get done. Some of us are more influenced by that discomfort than others. With practice, you can learn to take action even in the face of great discomfort.
Over to you…
Combating procrastination means you get more done like you say you want to do. Procrastination results in stress and poor results. Take control of your emotions and rid yourself of the tendency to procrastinate. Your results will be worth the effort!
What do you think?
P.S. Don’t forget to check out the Escape Perfectionism series!