Procrastination…..your biggest dream killer
We live busy lives, don’t you think?
We have families, kids, jobs, hobbies, sports etc, etc.
We use this limited time as an excuse to procrastinate and avoid getting things done.
But claiming that you don’t have time is one big lie. You are lying not only to others but most of all to yourself
So why do we procrastinate? What is the real reason?
If you look at the list of things we can procrastinate about is endless.
Here are some examples. Let me know if you recognize any of them!
- going to the gym
- Starting a diet
- sticking to a diet
- introducing yourself to someone you’re interested in
- going for a difficult assignment at work
- apologizing to someone
- telling a friend your idea for a new business
- asking someone in your family for financial help
- Making that important phone call
- starting an online business in order to get out of the rat race and live your dream
- and so on and so on
The 6 biggest reasons why we procrastinate are:
- Unpleasantness: Situations that are experienced as unpleasant are often procrastinate. The more pleasant projects will always go first with most people to only find themselves in a situation that the day is over and there is no more time to do that particular task.
The next day will be the same…
So, my advice to you is to always start with the difficult and unpleasant task. Once you start to do that, you’ll see that you will feel a lot more relaxed.
You could implement a reward system for yourself…
- Complexity: When a task is overwhelming in its complexity it’s a common cause for people to procrastinate. When facing a similar situation it is advisable to break the project down into smaller components and handle each component one by one
- Prioritize: If you can’t prioritize it can be a overwhelming nightmare!!! No serious, if you can’t see what needs to be done first, procrastination is just around the corner.
Make a list of everything that needs to be done and rank them in order of importance. Set a goal for completing a certain amount of tasks in the next few hours or for that day.
- Decision: the inability to make decisions also contributes to procrastination. Many of us are simply spending too much time trying to make decisions about the work that needs to be done. Of course, you need to weigh your options thoroughly and make responsible decisions, but when it takes too much time for you trying to make a decision can cause a big delay for the day.
- Fear of Failure: This a big reason for people to procrastinate. Maybe you recognize yourself here. Hé, nothing to be ashamed of. This is what to I to believe the biggest procrastination reason there is. I put it at number 5 so it wouldn’t standout so much….
Try to visualize the steps you have to take and then take them step by step and you will see that thing aren’t that bad.
- Distractions: There is always another excuse! Facebook, email, the phone, talking to your co workers or playing some game on your phone.Make sure you set up a workplace where distractions are minimized. TURN OF YOUR EMAIL! and your phone and your….. No serious, FOCUS.
When I write my blog posts I always put on my headphones and listen to so called brainwaves. They stimulate your brain to focus. It helps me a lot. The app is called “Brain Wave Sharp mind” (IPhone)
Lets do a little exercise…..close your eyes and do the following:
Think of any action you’ve been avoiding.
This could be one the examples as described above or something that’s specific to your life.
Now, Imagine yourself starting to take that action.
You probably are going to feel something unpleasant.
The next thing I want you to do is to really focus on this feeling.
It is this feeling that I’m talking about. This unpleasant feeling is a kind of pain.
Well known under the more broad definition of:
These are all forms of pain. that causes us not to take any action.
This is what we call “being in our comfort zone.
But at the same time we have dreams and wishes, but often in order to get to those dreams we have to get out of that comfort zone.
And that is exactly why so many people do not live there dream.
Is this maybe the reason why you are not there where you want to be?
Back to “I don’t have time”
Simple, just change your language. Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels.
Often it’s perfectly oké. I mean if you say I do have time to do the dishes, Like “I won’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.” or “I’m not taking action in starting my own online business and start to live my dream lifestyle, because it’s not a priority, I like being stuck in a dead end job” If these phrases don’t feel well, that’s the point.
Changing your language will remind you that time is a choice.
If you don’t like how you’re spending an hour, choose differently.
It sounds simple and it is. We use our language often to provide a polite answer instead of telling the truth,because that might sound harsh.
How you use your time is very important. It’s a very limited resource and shouldn’t be wasted. When time passes, it’s gone.
Stop procrastinating your life. If you have a dream go for it. If you have that difficult decision to make, make it. Reach out to other people, you might be surprised the help you will get.
There is no such thing as failure, there is only result
Don’t risk putting time to poor use by failing to be honest with yourself and others about your priorities in life. Alter your language and you may just discover what’s most important.
Do you procrastinate? Are there important decisions to be made, witch you are not making? Let me know in the comment box below. You never know maybe somebody will give just that response you need.
P.s. My biggest procrastination was to take that next step. The next step towards my dream life. I always was to busy with my job, helping out others.
Finding excuse after excuse not to start.
Finally I took that step and you now what? Nothing scary happened! And there has never been a moment that I regretted this step.
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