There are many reasons for why we procrastinate. It might be that you think you’re not prepared to do the task, or that you are not confident in your ability to do the job or you fear the project will not be successful. The fact is these might not be the reasons why at all.
Here is one of the main reasons you procrastinate:
When you set your goals for completing a task or project, you underestimate the power of your emotions now compared to how you will feel in the future.
We tend to delay things that are farther in the future because we don’t connect with the task. We don’t anticipate the future pain we will feel when we're having to stress and work through the night to finish that task.
However, if you visualize your future self and focus on the pain of having put things off, you will motivate yourself to start the task now.
Think of your project deadline in a different way.
For example, you have a project due in 2 months. Instead, think of it as less than 60 days because you’re not working weekends and you have two days each week filled with meetings. That means you’d only have 28 days to finish the project.
That puts a new perspective on the time frame.
“I do my work at the same time each day — the last minute.” — Source unknown
If you don’t know what procrastination is, then you probably don’t need the info in the article, but just in case you do need to know:
Procrastination is a practice of putting off doing things and/or performing tasks that are less urgent in preference to more urgent ones usually until the last minute or often until it is too late. Procrastination is the opposite of ideal productivity.
For many, I believe procrastination is an art, unfortunately it rarely results in a beautiful masterpiece.
We all occasionally put off doing something, but when it becomes a habit and a pattern in our everyday existence, it becomes a problem.
I don’t feel like …
I don’t want to …
I’ll do it tomorrow…
These are all phrases that naturally come out of the procrastinators mouth when they are faced with a task that needs to be done. They often come out sounding whiney with a “poor me” tone to them.
Procrastination happens to everyone, even those who are highly productive. The only difference is the productive person’s ability to recognize procrastination or their excuses to be more accurate, for what they are. They then learn how to beat procrastination using a calculated approach that includes learning why they procrastinate, and they apply strategies to beat it.
Procrastination isn’t just poor time management or laziness. It often comes from negative emotions that keep you hostage from taking action. Procrastinators will avoid things because they’re not in the right mood, so they distract themselves with other things or tasks. When they realize what is happening, they feel guilty for wasting so much time, so the mood worsens, the task deadline gets closer or expires and they feel even worse.
This continual loop of self-destructive behavior can only be broken when you discover what is causing you to procrastinate.
Most of us experience guilt when we procrastinate. We become our own worst enemy. We know what we should be doing and what’s in our best interest, but we don’t follow through. The Greeks called it akrasia- the weakness of will; acting contrary to what we know is in our best interest.
Procrastinators are excellent at making excuses. The trick to beating procrastination is to recognize the habits and patterns that cause procrastination and make the necessary changes to stop the behavior.
To learn how to recognize the habits, and patterns specific to you and tips on how to make positive change,
Join me on November 12, 2019 at 7pm to learn how you can recognize and overcome procrastination.
When we think about our health, we think in terms of what we're eating, what we're drinking, how much we're exercising -- but we rarely think about our health being related to what we think about.
If this is not something you consider regularly, start really digging deep into the idea that your thoughts, your attitude, and your mental tone have an incredible amount of power over your health.
The best place to start is with gratitude. We all have something to be grateful for, so it's the perfect place to begin. Here’s why gratitude is so essential to your health...
1. It boosts feelings of satisfaction
Show your gratitude by putting it in writing. Get out your thank you cards and/or your journal and start writing. Write them to your kids’ teachers. Write one to your parents, to your spouse, your best friend. Write in your journal everything you're grateful for. Writing letters of gratitude will ensure you feel good inside and out, and you'll be spreading those good feelings to those you're writing to.
2. It builds relationships
Find ways to weave in expressing gratitude for those things people do for you that you appreciate. Even if it's just your kids putting the dishes in the dishwasher for you -- express your gratitude. It will motivate them to keep doing more, and it will reduce your stress by seeing the good in things.
3. It helps your mental wellness
Taking a moment to be thankful for the things you have despite the challenges is good for your mental health and well-being. Sometimes it can be hard to see the good things in life, so keep a journal if necessary and write things down. When you feel low, you can flip through it and find something to smile about. As an added bonus, it boosts more than your mood by increasing energy levels too.
4. You’ll sleep better
When you find things to be grateful for instead of focusing on the negativity, it allows your mind to relax. This, in turn, leads to better sleep. Try writing a gratitude list before you go to bed to use this power to your advantage so you can fall asleep faster.
5. It can help you with your exercise too
With recognition for things that you’re grateful for, you feel happier. Feeling happier gives you more energy, and hence, it will keep you feeling good about your workouts too. Sometimes the only thing we need is the motivation to START the workout, and a positive attitude helps get you there.
Don't mistake this for feeling like you have to be positive 24/7. Other emotions are real, necessary, and deserve to be honored. By all means, feel your feelings and healthily work through them -- but choosing to practice gratitude daily will positively shift things.
Let's start practicing now!
Hit reply and let me know one thing you're grateful for today. It can be as big or as small as you want -- nothing is off limits.
Can't wait to hear from you!