Just popping into talk a little about procrastination today!
Everyone procrastinates. I put off writing this post by working on posts scheduled later in the week because they were easier than writing about procrastination. Ironic?
We all could practically have degrees in procrastination, and we all know the solutions– clarify important tasks, clear away everything except the important tasks, break things down into smaller tasks. These aren’t hard, but for some reason we all have a hard time doing them sometimes.
They won’t work unless we’re aware of what we’re doing.
You can’t clarify your important tasks unless you realize why you’re procrastinating in the first place. You can’t break down a task unless you realize you’re dreading the task. Clearing away distractions won’t work until you realize you’ve been following the urge to go to these distractions.
Awareness is everything. Once we are aware of what’s happening, we can take some steps to fix it. Remembering to be aware is what mindfulness is about.
What’s going on when we procrastinate:
- Lack of motivation
- Unclear priorities
- Compulsively checking social media/emails (guilty)
- Fear of failure
- Self doubts
- Dreading hard tasks
- Urge to do something easier, more comfortable
But how do we become aware?
How we can remember to be aware:
- Committing to being aware. Remind yourself with a post-it note, post about it on twitter or Facebook.
- Set reminders. Every couple hours, check in with yourself to see if your actions match your intentions.
- Recognize signs that you are procrastinating– anxiety, compulsively checking your social media, an urge to do something other than the task. You may feel physical signs like tightness in your chest, or small things such as checking twitter and your email.
- Admit that procrastination is harming you. It may be stopping you from achieving your goals and pushing your boundaries to try new things.
These take practice, and I know I am totally guilty for using social media and my email to distract me from tasks I know that I need to get done! If we can be more mindful, procrastination becomes much more manageable.
How do you you beat procrastination?Post inspired by ZenHabits.