Getting Sh*t Done: Finding the Root of Your Procrastination
Procrastination is the opposite of living or feeling liberated. In fact, procrastination feels terrible and serves only as a way to beat ourselves up! So why do people procrastinate? Is it laziness? Lack of willpower or drive? Forgetfulness maybe?
If you procrastinate often, you’ve likely heard every kind of criticism there is, from laziness to low motivation. You may even feel like procrastination is a moral crime. Yet, laziness, low motivation, lack of willpower or even desire are rarely at the root of procrastination. Unfortunately, procrastination is widely misunderstood, BUT also easy to handle when you have the right tools.
There are 4 causes of procrastination: Disinterest, Time Stealers, Fear and ADD. Let’s break it down…
1) Disinterest. We don't do what we don't want to do.
Grab a seat, as the following statement will come as a complete shock! WE DON’T DO WHAT WE DON’T WANT TO DO! Ha! Big surprise right? We naturally procrastinate with that which we don’t enjoy, don’t want to do, or aren’t proficient with.
There are people who are naturally better than others at starting and completing low-interest tasks. In any job or home life for example, there exists tasks we don’t want to, yet they are ‘part of the gig’.
But, you can keep low-interest tasks to an absolute minimum. Otherwise, your overall level of inspiration and drive will decline rapidly. More than 80% of our time can and should be spent doing what makes our heart sing!
Hire out, eliminate or delegate 80-90% of all tasks that lead you to procrastinate. Keep only the few tasks that you and only you can be responsible for.
You might have to loosen the reigns on your ‘inner control freak’, but life will become lighter and more liberated as you align your life with more joy-filled and inspiring tasks and release the rest! There are inexpensive resources for getting your dreaded, but important tasks complete. For example, you could hire a college student who needs a few extra bucks to handle various items, or you can hire a great virtual assistant a few hours each week.
The best way to tackle the loathsome procrastination tasks only you can handle is to schedule time and do them as soon as you roll out of bed or get to work - No email, Facebook or texting until they are complete! Do nothing else until what you don’t want to do is done. This practice will become an energy boost (instead of an energy drain), mental and emotional relief, and a fantastic leadership initiative (at home and at work)!
2) Time Stealers. What’s your go to drug of choice for escaping or distraction?
Confession time… what’s your go to drug of choice for escaping or distraction? Facebook? IG? Email? Online shopping? Whatever your drug(s) of choice are, it’s time to come clean! These time stealers are a fantastic way to avoid doing what you don’t want to do.
Pull out a sheet of paper and jot down your top 5 Time Stealers.
Now, create systems remove each problem. Systems ensure consistent implementation and accountability.<