Why You Procrastinate (and How to Stop)

We procrastinate for 2 reasons:

A) We have anxiety about what needs to be done.

B) We are out of alignment with what needs to be done.

Procrastinating is not a bad thing, it is just a symptom that you are either engaging in avoidance to manage your anxiety about completing the task or you are not in alignment with your goal.

So how do we manage anxiety about what needs to be done? Here are some simple strategies to target issue A.

Break it up.

Break up the task into bits and pieces. When the task is small, you are more likely to do it. When it is big, you are more likely to avoid it.

Stop catastrophizing.

What does that mean? It means to stop thinking about doing it. That requires mental energy. You are better off doing it, a little bit, right now than thinking about having to do it later.

Commit to working towards your goal–a little bit every single day.

Even if it’s just 5 minutes. Work on it, any of it, today no matter what.

Don’t think about how you dislike doing it. Just do it.

Focus on how good it feels to get shit done. Even if it was just 5 minutes, reward yourself.

So how do we get in alignment with our goal(s)? Here is how to target issue B.

When you are aligned with your goal, you make it a priority. A priority takes precedence over things that are less of a priority. Maybe it is time to prioritize what is really important to you.

What is the benefit of accomplishing this goal? List the pros and cons. If the cons outweigh the pros, then reevaluate the goal.

Connect with other people that share the goal. There is nothing more motivating than vining with other people that are passionate about the same thing. Maybe they can offer a fresh perspective or share with you some tips they have to accomplish their goal more efficiently.

Focus on the vision you have for accomplishing this task? When you are in alignment with your goal, you are motivated to complete the goal because it will be rewarding and worth the pain of doing what you need to do.




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