We’ve all been there. Leaving that task to do at a later date, often to the very last minute, building up our stress and reluctance to complete it even more. But why do we procrastinate and how do we break the habit? Here’s my advice on how to get unstuck and overcome your procrastination.
The act of delaying or putting off work that you need to get done, a tale as old as time. (insert music here) But why do we do it? Most of the things we put off aren’t even challenging, or hard to complete. Usually, we can do it, we just don’t want to. You might think it’s just laziness, but that’s not the case most of the time. When you’re being lazy, you are absolutely fine with just not doing anything. When you’re procrastinating, you’re just having trouble forcing yourself to start, even though you want to get it done.
I would say I am the queen of procrastination. But what I found over the last few years was the times I would procrastinate the most were times when I felt uninspired. You see, when I realised that inspiration was my biggest factor in my procrastination I knew where to start. I would do activities that I knew would spark my creativity and allow me to get a lot of work done. Once you find out the root of your procrastination moment, only then can you flip it.
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The first step in overcoming your procrastination is to acknowledge why it’s happening in the first place and take action to defeat those reasons. Take these common causes, for instance:
Everyone procrastinates at some point; it’s just a fact of life. Try not to beat yourself up about it, you’re only human. (insert more music here) For those days where you’re really struggling to defeat your procrastination problem, use this checklist to get unstuck and get things done.
Last but not least; be kind to yourself. Beating yourself up for not having done all the things you wanted to accomplish yet is not going to get it done any faster and you’ll be worse off because of it. Be kind to yourself and know, you got this.
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