“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.