Are you a last-minute person?
Do you put things off until they become urgent? Do you worry that your work is hurried and below your best potential? Do you hate the feeling of being rushed? Perhaps it’s time to learn how to jump over the hump of procrastination.
Some people do in fact work best under pressure and their tendency to procrastinate works in their favor. However, if you hate the feeling that doing things at the last minute gives you or you just can’t stand not having any control over your actions and emotions then it’s time to work on this problem. The fact is you do have complete control over your body’s actions and your mind’s thoughts and feelings. But you have to reach out and take the reins.
Think back did you have a special teacher, parent, or mentor that could always motivate you to do your best and get you moving towards accomplishment. Well, work to remember their techniques and get ready to be your own coach. It just might be that all you need is a little pep talk. Give it a try, you might be surprised at the results.
It’s also possible that you procrastinate because you feel overwhelmed. Are your projects disorganized or can you at any moment tout off a detailed to-do list that needs to be accomplished on your way to meeting your goal? Your first assignment is to break a large task into several small ones then you can tackle them chronologically or according to which one appeals to you the most.
Often the spell of procrastination is broken just by one simple action towards a goal. Get organized and then stop thinking about it, stop talking about it, stop dreaming about it, and just do something. One phone call, one letter, one word typed. Even if you have to walk away afterward, you’ve made a start and the rest will be much easier.
And then there’s the possibility that you’ve procrastinated because you really don’t want or need to do your assigned project. Evaluate your priorities who said you should do this, what will happen if you don’t do it? Sometimes it’s okay to quit, okay to say no. Let yourself imagine how you would feel if you could just drop the assignment. Would you feel lighter, relieved, more joyful or does it just create more anxiety?
Many of us have a fear of success and on the other hand many of us are perfectionists who are trying to please the entire world. Either approach needs a bit of fine tuning and work if we want to live happy and fulfilling lives.
Don’t let procrastination stop you. Just write one word, make one phone call, draw one line, make one list.
If all else fails, create a ritual for yourself: a meditation or exercise that gets you in the mood and focuses your attention on the task at hand. Don’t be afraid to listen to what your body is telling you about its desire to do a project, but make sure you are the initiator of those thoughts and feelings.
Often times just giving yourself the permission to quit or stop or leave is enough to remind you why you wanted to do this so much in the first place and kick start your motivation and drive. So gas up and get out your map and put your life in gear!