Prioritise your tasks and focus only on what is really important to you, now, today.
Stop procrastination before it stops you
Procrastination could be killing your business. The reason why most people fail to get a start-up or project off the ground is they wait. They wait for conditions to be perfect and of course, they never are. When you procrastinate you could easily end up living a life of scarcity and dreading the coming of every new day. Procrastination can cost you everything, it is a death by instalment plan.
Take whatever time is necessary to address your procrastination problems and frustrations, before they impact your progress. Procrastination is a killer of progress so start by understanding your self-talk and the real causes.
“The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfilment”. Earl Nightingale
There are many causes of procrastination other than severe health or business problems. It is not always your fault, so do not be too hard on yourself.
Procrastination refers to the act of replacing more urgent actions with tasks less urgent or doing something from which you derive enjoyment and thus putting off important tasks that can have a big impact on your organisation. Here are some of the basic causes of procrastination:
- Family and relationship problems.
- Financial problems.
- No goals, no plans, no direction.
- Fear of failure, fear of the unknown.
- Excessive stress caused by bullying, threats and adverse trends.
- Surrounding yourself with negativity and negative people.
- Pre-occupation with something.
- Work overload, too many customer complaints.
- You are required to do what you don’t like doing.
- Too much clutter and ‘mind traffic’ in your life.
- No social life, nothing to look forward to.
- Tired or worn out, mentally and physically exhausted.
- Out of control, you just cannot get on top of things.
- Excessive noise.
- Poor rewards; everyone needs some incentive.
- Lack of fitness, physical and mental.
- Tasks are too complex, or they can be too simple for your skill level.
- There are no deadlines for the work you
- No job satisfaction.
- Life is boring.
- Chronic health condition.
- You are in a rut, a grave without ends.
Some people still see procrastination as laziness. However, I believe it is caused by one or more of the things on the above list.
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Yes, we have all experienced procrastination, some more than others. I find myself procrastinating when my workload becomes overwhelming, or in the early mornings before breakfast when I haven’t had a glass or water. It infuriates me as my brain seems to say slow down when I am wanting to speed up.
One thing I have learned to do is to trust my subconscious mind. I compartmentalise it, or that’s what I call it, so when I need to handle a difficult problem or I feel like procrastinating, I simply shift my mind to ‘another compartment’. I started doing it during my first bowel cancer recovery to try and handle the pain and frustration.
Over the years I have practised it and today I have no trouble putting my mind in another compartment, of getting it to shift gears.
To me, my unconscious mind is about feelings and those feelings are usually sparked by my mental pictures. The trick is to put a new picture on the screen of my mind or run a different movie.