You’ve seen the mess in the garage every day you pull your vehicle in and out and tell yourself “I will get to it, just not today. It’s not hurting anyone”, so you close the garage and don’t think of it until the next day. Perhaps it’s not the garage, it’s a room in your house or a kitchen drawer which collects “THINGS”. You know that room, the closet, the drawer which you avoid, but seem to become comfortable with? Everyone has one that room, that part of the house which is a catch all for anything. I know in my house I have that.
We get a coupon for something, BOOM it goes in that kitchen drawer. My daughter needs batteries and we purchase the 24 pk and yes it goes in that drawer, a flyer comes in the mail, OH YES, we need to put that in the kitchen drawer. Soon the drawer is beyond full, the closet can’t hold anymore and each day you see it and tell yourself “Not Today!”
You have just entered the land of procrastination. To better under this area you find yourself in, we will explore three things procrastinators do. If you are become aware of how you reached this destination, you can be equipped to take a different turn and move away from procrastination.
1. Never makes “IT” on the schedule. I know you already know this. It just never made it to the top of your priority list so, oh well right? Achievers make the time to set aside the things they may not want to do.
This time of the year the leaves shed, fall to the ground and must be collected and bagged. Here in Minneapolis, each year I have more leaves and thus my pile has grown to over 24 bags of leaves! Given I enjoy being outside and doing yard work, you’d think I’d be thrilled about raking leaves. Not so much! Here is what I have to do. I have to schedule time on my calendar to make this happen every season.
Some would say, “Who cares about the leaves, let them sit until the spring.” You can have that frame of mind, but I’m a believer in how you do one thing is a result of how you to many things.
If you fail to set aside time to complete the task you don’t want to do, you continue to live in the land of procrastination which will cause undue stress.
2. FEAR. This word holds so many people back. Fear defined by Google is: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat. Procrastinators embrace fear because of an earlier failure or they feel something would cause stress, or have the uneasiness of doing something. Fear causes doubt and the longer the doubt resides within the mind, delay occurs.
Fear is something everyone faces. The difference between procrastinators and achievers is that achievers utilize fear to push them versus having fear prevent them.
Les Brown says, “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”
Long term procrastinators believe dreams are made up, like princess and fairies in my daughter’s books. You can choose to believe that or step into your fear and see.
3. Convince yourself delaying is the right thing. You know the self-talk that you have, to convince yourself why you should delay. I know when the idea of writing a book was first brought up, I was going to start yet there was a delay. I was having a conversation with myself about how “I don’t know how to write a book”, “Writing a book is for those who were in journalism”, “I can’t find time in my schedule” and more. I was convincing myself why the delay to start was justified.
Be honest with yourself, have you convinced yourself of why it’s a good thing to delay and thus procrastinate? I’m sure we all have. Being in the delay mode, you seek out why it’s the right thing for you and repeated daily, it will lead to the path of never getting started or taking the action needed.
Self-awareness is important to understand and the better you are self-aware, you can make those adjustments you need to NOT delay and take the action you want to do.
Decide not to be a PROCRASTINATOR so you can achieve!