Why do you procrastinate?
We all procrastinate from time to time but if this keeps being done, procrastination can become a habit which becomes part of us and start affecting the different areas of our lives. Procrastination is an enemy of Productivity, Success, Happiness and Growth in our lives.
So how do we overcome this?
I find the best way of dealing with a problem is finding the root cause. That way you can be able to eliminate the problem altogether and prevent it from continually reoccurring . So what are the main causes of procrastination
Causes of Procrastination
Fear of Failure
This is one of the main reasons why most people procrastinate. Maybe you have failed before and now don’t believe in yourself ; you don’t want to embarrass yourself; or you may be holding onto some limiting beliefs from your past, or you are just afraid of going outside your comfort zone.
What to do:
Realize that fear just paralyzes you and you actually lose more than you gain. You are worried about something that may never happen; and if it does happen, you will know that “failure” is not as bad as it seems. The “fear of failure” is actually worse than the “failure” itself.
If you have failed before- Know that failure does not define you or your worth. Failure is a part of success and all the successful people you see and admire failed at some point in their lives. You need to take it as a learning Opportunity and find a new way of doing things. You have another chance to do better so Seize this opportunity.
If its something new or outside your comfort zone- take it as an opportunity to grow to a new level- you will learn new skills or knowledge that will put you ahead of the game- become more efficient, get a promotion, earn more, land a new business opportunity and so many more.
Let Go of Limiting believes- Believe you Can do it. Get to know what lies you believe and replace them with truths, you will be surprised by how much you can achieve.
Fear of Success
Surprising as it may seem, it is possible to be afraid of success. This may be caused by:
Not believing that you will be able to handle the responsibilities and expectations that come with your new level of success
Or maybe you have an imposter syndrome and fear being “found out”. You feel that you are not good enough and don’t deserve the success and when you get it, its purely by lack and you wont be able to maintain it
You have some Negative opinions about successful people and don’t want to be like them such as successful people don’t have time for their families and just work all the time
What to do:
Start equipping yourself for the next role that is coming your way. Take a course or learn new skills online. Seek Mentorship and advice from those with more experience than you.
Start to believe in yourself and work on your self confidence. Realize that you are capable and can actually succeed. If you worked for it, then you deserve it
Work on your belief system- Ask yourself whether the beliefs you have are actually true or just lies you have been telling yourself or taught to believe by those around you. Change the wrong beliefs that you hold
Are you in the habit of excessive perfectionism. You obsess over the little details and end up not completing a task or getting started in the first place.
Having high standards is not bad but when it gets to a point whereby it is paralyzing aspects of your life then there is a problem.
What to do:
Stop Majoring on the Minors and Minoring on the Majors. Focus on the goal/ objective of the task and set deadlines within which you must complete the task.STOP MAJORING ON THE MINORS AND MINORING ON THE MAJORS Click To Tweet
Also remind yourself that you loose more when you don’t do or complete a task as opposed to when you complete a task despite it being “imperfect”. You may loose out on great business opportunities or run into trouble with your boss for not completing the tasks.
Its so easy to procrastinate when you are not sure of what needs to be done or the direction you need to take in life.
What to do:
Here You need to have a meeting with yourself. Have an honest conversation with yourself about what you really want. Come into awareness, write down what you want, weigh your choices, what resources do you need, set your priorities, and take action
If there is consultation needed- talk to your client, boss or supervisor- get clear on what is expected and then take some action
Too Much to Do
When there is so much to do or a complex task ahead it becomes easy for us to feel overwhelmed and thus not do the task at all.
What to do:
Divide the task into small manageable portions and start working on them
This happens mostly when something is not that important and its not a priority to you. You don’t have a sense of “ownership” or “responsibility” towards the project or task. Or perhaps you are in an environment that just makes you feel lazy and unproductive
What to do:
Give yourself reasons why this is important to do this task
The consequences of not doing the tasks
The rewards that you will get from doing the task
Make it urgent by imposing deadlines
Have an inspiring environment around you
You may have realized that maybe you have one issue or several of them. Start dealing with the issues and you will start to see a decline in your procrastination levels.
At the end of the day, IF IT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU, YOU WILL FIND A WAY; IF NOT, YOU WILL FIND AN EXCUSEIF IT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU, YOU WILL FIND A WAY; BUT IF NOT, YOU WILL FIND EXCUSES Click To Tweet
Do you want to go a step further in this? Check out the next article HOW TO STOP PROCRASTINATING where you get to learn Simple Habits you can Adopt to Create an environment that makes it hard to Procrastinate.
Sending my Love,