Procrastination is Exhausting



Procrastination ……….. we all know what that is. Some of us know it better than others because we live with it day after day. It’s our constant companion. It is so exhausting and fatiguing.

That project, report, phone call, letter, difficult conversation or action we have to take is on our mind all the time. We know we have to do it but we keep defering and delaying it. Why? We know it is not going to go away on its own. We all know that ultimately we are going to have to do it.

In the meantime, it absorbs enormous amounts of our emotional energy as we worry and angst about it. We feel guilty about not attending to it and even ashamed that we are not managing it in a constructive way. It keeps us awake at night and leaves us with feelings of incompetence. It damages our self-esteem.  In spite of all that, we still don’t do anything to get it off our plate!

Why Are We Procrastinating?

Procrastination is not a time management issue. It is an emotional issue. It is a valuable experience to ask ourselves why we are procrastinating. If we can’t determine that ourselves, it can be worthwhile to see a mentor or coach. The insights we gain can be life-changing and certainly a great stress reducer, and a performance enhancer.

Procrastinate No Longer!

Make a decision today that when you get up tomorrow morning, you will do one thing that you have been procrastinating over for some time. Decide also that you will let nothing get in your way of that. You are going to close your door for a few hours. You are going to give your full attention to it. You might even decide that you could focus better on it by working from home for the morning.

If it is big, plan it out today. Break it up into small steps that you need to take to get it done. Some of these may be practical steps. Some may be about getting your head right about it. Decide how much time you are going to spend each day on it until you have it completed. Set yourself a deadline for completion. And stick to it.

If it is a small task, commit to getting it done that morning.

Just do it! Because you can!

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