Have You Met Procrastination and Her Sisters?
Her Sisters are Poor Time Management and Disorganization.
Today we’ll talk about the big sister herself – Procrastination. I’ve learned that we don’t procrastinate in all areas.. just those which cause us pain. What causes Procrastination? There are so many causes.
One big cause of procrastination is Perfectionism.
We feel like we aren’t good enough so we don’t get started. We procrastinate until we’re “better”, more informed or have more time or money. We don’t want to appear foolish, or unprepared. We hedge our bets until we know more, have more money, lose weight, are more ready. Until then, we wait. and wait. and wait. This can leave us literally standing in the same spot for days, weeks months or even years. Always worrying about getting started to get started. Here’s a great First Step. Rather than being a neurotic procrastinator, become a practical procrastinator. You don’t have to know all the details, just some of the details. Enough to get started. You’ll never write a best seller unless you write the first two pages.
Procrastination is surely the killer of ambition and success. We have all the tools we need for our next step, and we have so many resources for training and personal development, but if we do not take actions, it is all for nothing. Procrastination is nothing more than a bad habit, and we have to do some work to break the habit. It takes some time to change our bad habits. However, the more you do something, the easier it becomes. Learning a dance, a foreign language, getting into an exercise routine; they all take time and practice. When you practice a habit long enough though, it becomes second nature.
At first, your new habit may feel awkward, but in time becomes easier and easier.
One way to speed up the process is to dig deep and discover your true motivation. If you give up your fear and insecurities, what will you accomplish by taking this next new step? What are you What are you resisting? Do you have a fear of failure? Listen to your self talk – what you say when you talk to yourself. A great book you may enjoy as you learn to know yourself better is by the same title. What To Say When You Talk To Yourself, by Shad Helmstetter. It’s important for us to focus on the positive actions and thoughts and not the negative ones. Create two lists and title them, “What brings me fulfillment?” and “What am I tolerating?” Carry your lists everywhere you go for the next 30 days and notice what you want more of and what you want less of. Challenge yourself to review your list every Monday morning and decide what choices you could take action on that would bring you more joy and fulfillment. Also notice what’s draining you and what you are tolerating. After you discover specifically what’s draining you or what you’re tolerating, come up with ways to dump it, delegate it, hire it out, or put a stop to it once and for all. This process may surprise you as you uncover habits and actions that are leaving you disempowered. It’s also interesting to see what happens when we begin to make empowering decisions. You begin to feel more fulfilled, more confident and better able to take the next step in our personal goals. I’m looking forward to hearing how YOU are taking the next step! Be sure to leave me a comment here, or on our Facebook Page! Here’s to Overcoming Procrastination! Until Next Time – when we meet Procrastination’s first sister – Poor Time Management! Here’s to Your Success, Sue www.suemazza.com