Procrastination is the habit of avoiding things that need to be done so you can do something else that’s more enjoyable or comfortable.
I like to be a writer, I just don’t always like the process of writing. Thus comes procrastination.
Here are some reasons I tend to procrastinate:
- Emotionally drained— If I feel empty inside, I avoid things I find uncomfortable. I’ll quickly seek out activities that fill my emotional bucket. Rarely do those activities satisfy because, deep inside, I know I ‘m leaving something undone.
- Fear — If I’m afraid of failing at something, I’ll avoid it. Sometimes I’m afraid of succeeding at something, unsure that I can handle the requirements of new success.
- Boredom — We all have common things that need our attention. Commonness can be boring and tedious. If it’s going to be monotonous, I’m likely to find something else to do.
- Perfectionism — As I age, I find myself leaning towards perfectionism. Kind of surprising for me. I thought I’d go the other way. So I find I’m likely to procrastinate on something if I know it won’t be perfect.
Here are some ways I’m working to overcome procrastination.
- Just Do It — Nike landed on gold. There’s something to be said for “cowboy-ing” up and doing what you don’t want to do. I had lots of ideas for this blog post, but I kept putting it off. It wasn’t until I sat down and just did it that change began to happen. Sometimes when I just do it, the task turns out to be less difficult than I imagined.
- Breaks — An increasing amount of research suggests that those who build breaks into their days are more likely to be efficient. Breaks need to be surprisingly frequent. Some say taking a break every 20 minutes will give your brain enough rest to push through the tedium of a task. Breaks aren’t a sign of weakness, they are very often the catalyst launching you to completion.
- Variety — Adding new things into my life helps me overcome procrastination. Sometimes it’s as simple as a change of scenery–accomplishing the task in a different location. Variety renews my passion for life and keeps me interested in accomplishing things I find boring.
Proverbs 13:4 says “Indolence wants it all and gets nothing; the energetic have something to show for their lives (MSG).” A wake of impact awaits those who live lives of energy.
One area I intend to improve in 2012 is pushing through procrastination. My goal is to post at least once a week throughout the year. I hope this year sees procrastination die for you too.
I feel better already!
What do you do to overcome procrastination?