Procrastination – What are you waiting for?

Procrastination – What are you waiting for?

First of all, let me just start off by saying that I’m a master procrastinator. That’s probably why they use the word Pro, because Procrastinators are good at what they do. So I decided to delve into the subject and look at the causes and overcoming procrastination.

Take for example this blog. Two years ago I decided to create a blog. I wanted to share my knowledge, ideas and also motivate and inspire people.

I started my blog two weeks ago.

Yip! I waited two whole years. I actually forgot about it all together.  Two years ago I also wanted to start my own business. That has not happened yet. I created a business plan and…well that’s as far as I got. At least I started my blog, so I’m making progress.

So why do we procrastinate?

I know most of us are guilty of procrastinating. Putting things off until the last minute. We would rather surf the net, play some game or do whatever fun thing to avoid doing the things that needs to be done.

If there’s zero motivation to do a task, then why do it, right? Or when the task is so overwhelming and you have no idea where to start, then you shove it aside and do something that’s less stressful.

The hardest thing is to start doing that task you’re avoiding. I started this blog two weeks and now I’m absolutely obsessed with blogging. Why did I wait so long? Maybe I was not ready. I had a lot of healing to do and I was not in a place where I could give advice. I was still growing as a person.

Today, I can’t wait to write my hundred or so blog posts. I made a long list and if I think of an interesting topic I add it to the list.  I have not been this excited about something that takes effort and work in a very long time. Hopefully one day the business that I have not started yet will integrate with my blog and then I don’t have to feel guilty about putting that dream aside.

To beat the procrastination monster, we need motivation. Motivation can come in two forms. Reward or accountability. For example, if your boss told you today whoever finishes this task first gets a bonus or a day off. Guess what you will do. You’ll make sure you get that task done Asap. If your boss tells you, have this task done by tomorrow or your fired. I’m sure nothing is going to distract you from finishing that task.

So without motivation, there is procrastination. What about all those other things you’re putting off doing? What are you waiting for? Here’s what I think will help and I will be applying it to my life as well whenever I find myself procrastinating.

  • If starting is the hardest part, then break up the task into small mini tasks that does not seem too overwhelming and stressful.
  • Set alarms for the mini task on you phone. I downloaded an app on my Samsung tablet that schedules tasks. So check the Google Playstore or iPhone App Store and get yourself a scheduling app.
  • Ask your friends and family to help cheer you on. Let them remind you why you are doing this. Let them be your motivators. As humans we can’t do everything by ourselves. When you start doubting yourself you will need someone to tell you to keep going. Also do yourself and me a huge favour and tell that negative voice inside your head to go to Hell and that you have work to do. 
  • Reward yourself for completing a mini task. Let your family and friends manage the reward system.
  • I read an article just now about a professor that claims she might have the cure for procrastination. You can read it here - Wharton professor may finally have the cure for Procrastination. She basically says you have to pair something you love doing with something you hate doing. I'm not really sure how one can go about doing that. Maybe watching an episode of your favourite TV show while exercising. We all love TV and we hate exercising. Guess you need to see how creative you can be with your pairings. Lets see if this can help us beat the procrastination monster.
So what are you waiting for? Go and do that thing you’re avoiding. This life is incredibly short, but we assume we have all the time in the world. We waste so much time. Time we can never get back.

Once you start, the hardest part is over. Just like me when I started this blog. Now it’s impossible to stop. I’m glad I stopped waiting.

Until next time

Want to read more Renza posts? Here's some links!
Practicing mindfulness and meditation
10 reasons why getting older is not so bad

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