How are you with procrastination? Everybody has something they put off for later. That can be a good thing. We can make "to do" lists for today that would take more than a year to complete. Those “to do” lists can interfere with more important things such as self-care, and spending quality time with loved ones.
Sometimes, however, putting things off for later is not good…especially if it is due to procrastination. Procrastinating is more than just putting off for later. There is something blocking the start button. The task is too big, too overwhelming, too undesirable, and it truly is something that cannot be avoided forever…if it is not completed, it will leave one with consequences- personal, and at times professional.
Avoiding starting and completing important tasks or goals leaves one with a negative, repetitive tape- “You failed. You are not enough. You will never be enough.” It impacts the way one handles future challenges that seem too hard, too big, and too overwhelming. It leads to playing the game of life as a quitter. And what’s worse is the game is quit before it was ever started. Procrastination not only steals your power, it steals your peace. It hangs over your head and harasses you. It whispers in your dreams and wakes you up at night.
So how do we overcome procrastination?
First, we start. We decide to complete the task. We address what has to be done, we break it into smaller tasks, and we overcome the challenge one task at a time. This is called chunking.
Procrastination is like climbing into a seat on a rollercoaster. The whole way up is long, and slow, and nerve racking…at times even terrifying. The whole way up your screaming in your brain, "I can’t, this is too tall, this is too scary, this is too much." At the top, right before you drop, it is too late, there is no exit, you’re committed. And the ride is thrilling!
Accomplishing challenging tasks raises self-esteem, builds character, and increases proficiency! It creates the good kind of pride, and makes us feel whole!
Action Step: What have you been procrastinating on? What has that cost you? What will it take for you to decide today is the day to get it done?