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Do you ever procrastinate?
Be honest, now. Your excuses may sound something like this, "I'm too tired to face it now," to " I deserve to take time off, and I will face it tomorrow."
The only problem with those excuses is the brain is still, keeping track of the "to do" list, which requires a lot of energy. Think of your brain as a stage and every task as an actor on that stage. If you keep putting tasks on the stage without taking any tasks off, your actors cannot perform.
Research has shown that everyone procrastinates from time to time. But some folks are problem procrastinators. These habitual procrastinators are stopping the fulfillment of their potential and disruption of their careers.
The definition of procrastinations is putting off things that should be done right now.
Common rationalizations that are used:
Now write a rebuttal to each of these statements.
The "Why" of procrastinating:
Is the task unpleasant?
Most jobs have boring or unpleasant aspects, and the best way to deal with them is to do them first so you can move to more enjoyable aspects of the job.
Are you disorganized?
Organized people prioritize to-do lists and schedule how important the piece of work is and identify precisely when it is due. They plan how long the task will take and work backward, so they know when to start the task. Organized people break work into manageable "next steps."
Perfectionists put off doing the task, waiting for the right moment, right skills or the right resources.
Underdeveloped decision-making skills prevent task to be completed because the person can't decide what to do and will put off the task because they may do the wrong thing.
Strategies for Anti-Procrastination
Think of procrastination as a pathway in your brain. If you take the same path over-and-over again, the path gets deeper and deeper. These habits are harmful and need to stop, and new positive pathways need to be entrenched.
Step 2: I found these tips to motivate action.
Do you have a task that you have been putting off because it seems overwhelming?
Create an action plan. Create small steps to manage the project. Build on each quick small task, and before long the project will be completed.
What about tasks that are unpleasant?
Sometimes we think a task is going to be unpleasant, but once we get started, we find that we really enjoy it or it is less unpleasant than I brain presented.
This blog was written by our amazing guest blogger Pat Conlan of Conlan Coaching