“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln
Do it NOW!
Listen to Dr. Wayne W. Dyer when he says “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” That unwritten e-mail, the old friend you want to reconnect with, the time you want to spend with your family: don’t put it off any more. Do yourself a favor and stop the procrastination. It only causes anxiety! And most of the time you will find that things that you procrastinated for days causing you anxiety and a bad conscience are actually done in an hour or so and afterwards you feel so much lighter because you can forget about it.
Procrastinating is avoiding something that should be done. It’s putting things off hoping that they magically get better without actually doing anything about them. But things don’t get better on their own. Most of the time, the cause of procrastination is some kind of fear. Fear of rejection, fear of failure, even fear of success. Another cause is feeling overwhelmed.
We procrastinate in three different ways:
1) Doing nothing instead of what we are supposed to do.
2) Doing something less important than what we should be doing.
3) Doing something more important that what we are supposed to do.
As a freelancer and owner of his time, my client Marc struggled with procrastination a lot. It caused him a lot of anxiety and even cost him some sleepless nights. It was always the same pattern. He procrastinated and felt burdened and anxious. In our coaching sessions he admitted that some of the stuff that causes this anxiety, he could actually finish in one hour! He became aware that he was paying a high price for procrastinating, and in the future when tempted to procrastinate he decided to ask himself: what price will I be paying for procrastinating this task? Is it worth it to be burdened by and lose my sleep over a task that I could have finished in one or two hours? So do whatever it is that you have on your mind right now. Don’t start tomorrow or next week! Start NOW!
- What are you procrastinating?
- Are you productive or are you just being busy?
- What is really important right now?