Do you Procrastinate?
Ever have problems getting things done in a timely manner?
Do you find that you are never able to get started on projects you need to do? In a recent consensus, it was shown that 1 in 5 people in the US are suffering from chronic procrastination, and perhaps you are one of them.
If you aren’t exactly where you want to be in life, perhaps a reason why is that you aren’t taking the actions that you yourself know will propel you forward.
You aren’t sure exactly why, but you just can’t seem motivated to get the things needed to be done, done.
Well, in this case, perhaps the solution to the problem lies in finding the root cause first.
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Why do I procrastinate?
In this 3-part article, we will discuss the top 3 reasons you’re wasting your life away, and what exactly you can do to turn things around.
1. You enjoy being comfortable.
The biggest reason ever why people aren’t too keen on getting things finished or even started is the fact that they enjoy living in their small, comfortable, little bubble.
Well, you need to understand that you will never be able to accomplish anything as long as you stay comfortable.
They say “the magic happens out of your comfort zone”, so if you would like to get stuck in a dead-end job, not accomplish anything even remotely noteworthy in your life, stay safe.
For the rest of us, we know that the only way to achieve anything in life is to take action, minimizing the amount of hours a day spent on unproductive things.
It is those who take big risks who get rewarded well in the end.
The solution: Get it in your head that you need to get things done to propel forward.
Get extremely comfortable with your dream and get comfortable that you are going to need to get nitty-gritty to get ahead.
Love the fact that you need to achieve this, to get your fear out of the way, to be able to take that next step.
2. You are overwhelmed.
One reason that you may be unable to get things started or finished is perhaps you have just dug yourself into a hole by taking on too many projects without actually considering the time and effort needed.
But being overwhelmed is actually a good thing.
In some ways, it is a protection mechanism that alerts you “There is something huge coming up onto your agenda.
You need to protect yourself and retreat from the disappointment of having the immense expectations you have made.”
The solution: The thing you can immediately action is to label it a little differently. Instead of it being “overwhelming”, label it as a step forward.
Instead of looking at it as a whole that you need to immediately tackle, think of it as the next, small incremental step.
You create mini-goals and work towards those, so that you are constantly motivated when you finish every single one.
3. You just don’t want to do it.
Remember back when you still lived with your parents?
When they asked you to wash the dishes after dinner or to do the laundry, you would try to waste as much time as possible before you actually got started.
You simply didn’t want to do it.
In the exact same way, if you don’t want to do something – be it a project at work or an idea you want to get started on – you aren’t going to get it done.
It doesn’t matter how much it needs to get done, if it isn’t in your interests, you won’t even get motivated in the first place to start – let alone spend countless hours trying to get it finished.
And even if you do get it done, you are probably not going to like the end result.
The solution: Sadly, there are things in life that we just have to do, no matter how much we hate doing them.
Just like in the example of having to get chores done, you have to do them anyway.
Likewise in your own start-up, you are going to have to do the grafting for a very long time before you actually make you first dollar.
And then you will need to do a whole lot more to become a millionaire.
Of course, if you really, really absolutely do not want to do it, there is the option of delegating it to someone else when possible.