A message to the Procrastinator. There’s bad news on the horizon. This thing you have. The stuff you don’t do. It’s selective. You pick and choose what you’re going to put off.
Every moment that you don’t act, it plays on your mind. Annoyance runs through your body. Sometimes feeling like it has its own pulse.
Why is it that we continually delay the inevitable? Especially when we’re aware it will make us feel at odds with ourselves. Avoiding something rather than getting on with it?
Working on tasks for short periods of time will relieve you of that sinking feeling.
The procrastinator who meets deadlines.
A deadline looms and every second counts. Putting responsibilities off until the last minute creates more pressure. An individual will never really know if they enjoy the working process. The finish line is their main objective. This will impact on the quality of work produced.
The mind is left frustrated.
- Concentration is not at its best. Attention is divided between mentally beating themselves up and the task at hand.
- Heavily sighing while doing the job.
- Fear circulates throughout the body due to the intense pressure they’re under. Working in a hypersensitive state.
- Questioning why they left it to the last minute again? Some even promise themselves it will be the last time they go about their business in such a fashion. This sort of self-talk should be left for after the deadline. Focusing solely on the finalisation of the project.
These individuals get the job done, people are satisfied and it’s over. The procrastinator repeats the same cycle.
What would happen if they underestimated the project and overestimated their ability? Unable to complete the assignment by the due date.
Everything you develop requires time to live and breathe. Allowing the job to grow.
The result of an overnight project passes. Decision makers are pleased. All involved will never know how much better the assignment could have been. The results could have been astonishing.
There are those that believe a procrastinator puts off the action part of the project. Yet they are constantly thinking about it.
Even if that is so, why is it that those who are skilled at delaying things feel angst within themselves? It’s good and well to ponder. Leaving projects to the last minute leaves no room for error, additional ideas and tasks. Possibly skimping on excellence.Leaving projects to the last minute leaves no room for error. Possibly skimping on excellence. Click To Tweet
Good enough, is NOT good enough. When you’re representing yourself everything must be done at 100%. Every task, every dotted ‘i’ and every crossed ‘t’ is completed with your unique touch. It’s has your signature written all over it.
Even those behind the scenes duties that won’t be acknowledged by others. The work nobody sees. Every action you do is representative of who you are. There could be no greater motivation than to want to do everything to the best of your ability.
What is the point of a half arsed attempt? Why would you do anything with 50% energy? All in or not at all.Good enough, is NOT good enough. When you’re representing yourself everything must be done at 100%. Click To Tweet
A tormented soul. Has many dreams and ideas. Yet this person lacks the will to follow through.
This type of procrastinator puts things off until it becomes a distant memory. Never getting anything off the ground.
They do themselves a major injustice. And the world misses out. Excuse after excuse, distraction after distraction and no action is the outcome.
Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something. – E. L. Simpson
The 20 minute miracle tool kit.
15 minutes of action followed by 5 minutes of reflection. These two tools combined are like a match made for motivation and progress. They walk hand in hand. They’re the dynamic duo.
- Set aside 15 minutes every day. Work on a project you’ve been avoiding. You’re not obliged to do more than 15 minutes. In fact it’s advised to use an alarm. Putting aside all the chatter in your mind and focus on the task at hand.
- Think of this as research. You must action this 15 minutes to understand its power.
- Watch how fast time passes.
- Observe how much work you’ve done.
- Do you feel a sense of relief at starting your project well before the due date?
- No harm came to you while working within this small time frame. The world did not stop, the sky remained the coloured it was before you started. Yet progress was made. 15 minutes is worth exploring.
Doing just a little bit during the time we have available puts you that much further ahead than if you took no action at all. – Byron Pulsifer
Now you’re on a roll, you want to do more than 15 minutes. Continue if you’re in the mode.
A word of caution here. Attempting this new routine once or twice does not break the old habit of procrastination. This must be consistently worked at.
Each day complete this 15 minutes without pressuring yourself to do more time. The beauty of this tool is to understand the power of small intervals of work.
Don’t commit to 15 minutes and expect yourself to do more. Doing this will have you falling back into your old excuses to avoid this time slot all together. Defeating the purpose of the exercise.
Use this 15 minute as a safety net. You can’t possibly talk yourself out of such a short time frame. What justification would sit comfortably in the mind? NONE. You have to at least try this practice.
Commit to this 15 minutes until it becomes second nature. Work at it until it no longer feels like a negative feeling. Even when there are no dead lines in sight. Make your own. Procrastinators you owe it to yourself to at least try this strategy.
A habit worth breaking.
You’re not the only one who deals with avoidance. We all have our own mental wars going on. What separates us is discipline.
The procrastinator is aware they will complete the workload. Yet they continue to hinder themselves by putting it off. It’s like they enjoy a hard time rather than a smooth time.We all deal with avoidance. We all have our own mental wars going on. What separates us is discipline. @thedigger0 Click To Tweet
Allowing your own mind to get the better of you. Your brain gives you a number of excuses to stall and then tortures you for not doing it. Outwardly nobody notices but inwardly there is a struggle.
Either way you’re going to be uncomfortable. You can delay for as long as possible and feel the negative repercussions you always do.
Or you can use that same ill at ease feeling to move forward and make changes. Which battle is more worthy?
Taming the mind takes time and consistency. Controlling it so you can use it to its fullest potential. Training your thinking muscle to support your endeavours.
Defying that negative self-talk for positive feelings and outcomes. You don’t want to be battling procrastination ten years from now.
I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work. – Pearl S. Buck
There’s proof! You’re a selective procrastinator. There are other tasks, previous works done with little effort. You’re mind doesn’t settle for putting things off in other areas of you day.
You maintain a job. Go to meetings. Do you think the mind hasn’t attempted to control this area? You drowned out and ignored this talk? Remember your first day at work. You felt excited and scared.
There were bills to pay, food to purchase, clothes to buy and leisurely activities cost money. You had no alternative but to show up. You ignored the negative internal nag and got on with it. Work is a habit. You do it automatically.
Your actions provide evidence of your selective procrastination. You already have the skill-set to defeat this.
Of course the procrastinator can finish a job in time. But not without feeling angst. That is reason enough for wanting change. Putting off actions to constantly have the mind torture the individual for not starting.
The fizzler has many dreams. They remain nothing more than passing moments. Rather than opportunity in the making. Slowly but surely any good idea becomes a thing of the past when no action is applied.
The mind is a powerful muscle. It has many sneaky ways of trying to keep us from progressing. That’s why it requires discipline.
Face it now or you will be repeating this habit in ten years. Managing your time and disciplining your actions may feel uncomfortable initially. Let’s face it, you’re familiar with this feeling.
Procrastination leaves you all bound up. New changes will feel as awkward as putting something off. If that’s the case, then it’s worth trying something new. Procrastinator the choice is yours.
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