procrastination.

(sadly this was a post I started 3 weeks ago) (ahem!)

ANYway. Procrastination. 🙂

it happens when you haven’t clearly delineated the value of the the task you are procrastinating on.

it happens when you feel like you don’t deserve the good outcome of the task you are procrastinating on.

it happens when you don’t have a clear plan, when you have too-high expectations, or if the task is overwhelming. it happens if you aren’t being disciplined, are distracting yourself with busy work or drama, or if you are good at coming up with blocks/barriers/excuses for why you aren’t doing something.

So!

There’s a lot to contend with 🙂

Here’s what I suggest:

1) Write down the thing you are procrastinating on.

Ex: Writing a blog post on procrastination.

2) Write a list of reasons why completing this thing would improve your life. Get deep. 

Ex: Instead of “I will have finished the procrastination blog post for those who were interested in it” or “I will have added another post to my goal of 200 total blog posts for the year“, go more in the direction of “I will get that one off my heart so I can make room for other ideas” or “It may spark more ideas and/or help me in my own procrastinating

3) Write down how you will feel when you finish the task.

Ex: Accomplished, hopeful that it will help others, disciplined, relieved.

4) Write down the steps that will get you to the finish line.

Ex: Go to Peets; Get my tea; Open laptop; write down a list of ideas about how you feel about procrastination; organize those ideas, keeping it simple; finalize post.

5) Next to those, write down the time each step will likely take.

Ex: Go to Peets (15 min); Get my tea (5 min); Open laptop (.5 minute); write down a list of ideas about how you feel about procrastination (20 min); organize those ideas, keeping it simple (30 min); finalize post (30-60 min). Basically a total of two hours. TWO HOURS?? Why isn’t this done yet? omg.

6) Write down all of the reasons that you haven’t finished this task. Get deep.

Ex: I am worried I might not hit everything perfectly; I’m worried I’ll forget things or not be able to express myself clearly; I have found other blog posts to write about that are more interesting/valuable; I’m not really an expert on this subject; Sometimes I’m the biggest procrastinator so I don’t want to be a hypocrite; I don’t have time; My life is a little all over the place right now.

7) Get over yourself and cross all those lame excuses out.

Ex: I am worried I might not hit everything perfectly; I’m worried I’ll forget things or not be able to express myself clearly; I have found other blog posts to write about that are more interesting/valuable; I’m not really an expert on this subject; Sometimes I’m the biggest procrastinator so I don’t want to be a hypocrite; I don’t have time; My life is a little all over the place right now. Duh.

8) Get. To. Work.

Amirite? It’s on your to-do list for a reason, and that’s TO-DO it – so get. it. done.

if you don’t want to do it anymore, take it off your list and move on. no big deal. But if it haunts your dreams, you know you need to do it.

Ahh. I feel so much better now! Done! hey, you can have this, too!!

Love you all.

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2 responses to “procrastination.

  1. As mentioned before, every time I open your blog, it happens to be just what I needed to hear (read?) In my head Im crossing out the lame excuses and I’m doing the work now. Got to go and thanks!!!

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