Learning to stop procrastinating will help you to gain full mindfulness in anyone that stops doing it. Nearly all people procrastinate from time to time.
I too did it today, which give me the idea for this post.
I was on the 2nd hole and I kept hooking it right, I kept getting cross with myself and then I hear the little voices coming into my mind causing me to have doubts about the game I was playing.
I hit a 9 on par 4 and that was it I felt like throwing my club into the lake. I had just joined my first PGA course as member and needed to get into 85 to get my handicap down and at that I point I said in my mind “stop now, start planning how I will do it“.
After hitting 44 on the first nine I worked out how I could do it so that I cam in below that and made sure that I did that through my planning and stopping me flying off the handle and losing the game totally.
I even hit one of the balls that hard I broke it on hitting it for the first time. That is something that would of usually in the past made me start procrastinating.
For people that don’t know what procrastinating is let me explain in brief detail.
What is Procrastinating then?
Procrastinating is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished by a certain deadline. It could be further stated as a habitual or intentional delay of starting or finishing a task despite knowing it might have negative consequences.
That was taken from Wikipedia, That is the explanation in brief. While that is true, it is a simplification. People also put off things that are not difficult. It is part of the mindset that has developed over the last 50 years.
When you look at a health care professional’s idea of why we procrastinate, the first thing that they mention is, people put off an unpleasant tasks because they are uncomfortable about something.
Some people excel at procrastinating and could win an Olympic medal for their abilities in it. If you fall into the category of “an excellent procrastinator,” then it is time to reverse it once and for all.
The world is so moving so fast now, that little voice in the background whispers to the person, “hey, you’re tired, just leave it and watch the TV instead.”
The brain acts like a bee hive and we get so tangled in it every single day that we forget that we make the problems and worrying, we are the ones putting things off and procrastinating.
The bee hive activity that we face on a daily basis, leads us to look for any reason to put off not only difficult tasks but items that may even bring us a bit of pleasure…just not enough pleasure to get us to move.
There are more extreme reasons for procrastinating. People who suffer from anxiety or a lack of self confidence, will procrastinate in order to avoid painful experiences like believing they will not understand how to complete a task or that they will fail, so why even bother trying. This avoidance needs to fixed pronto, in order to move forward in life with a positive attitude and knowing that they deserve to succeed.
Overcoming procrastination will be a habit that needs to built. Hourly, daily and weekly, you will have to put an alert into your brain, to give you a signal when procrastination starts to occur.
We will look at ways to overcome this issue and let’s start with the easiest one. It is so simple, it may even sound silly but give it a try. Tell yourself that you are going to procrastinate right now…on procrastinating. That’s right, you are going to put off procrastinating and maybe you will procrastinate tomorrow.
Ideas to Stop Procrastinating!
Give it a try and in the meantime, here is a few things you can try to help reduce procrastinating:
The first and best thing you can do for yourself, is to train your brain to do the complete opposite. You procrastinate, and you do it well.
Try this instead. As soon as you wake up, think of the hardest, most unpleasant task you need to do and do it right away. You will get a tremendous blast of energy and training your brain to react in this way will set you on the path to success.
If the method above is just too shocking for you to even try, then go for this method.
Wake up, pick a task and do it for 3-5 minutes.
Need to make calls?
Then pick up the phone and blast them out. Reward yourself with a hot cup of coffee and do another round of 3-5 minutes. Have long hot massaging shower and yes, do another 3-5 minutes.
The next day go for 5-10 minutes, doing your calls or whatever you picked. Perhaps it was writing, and you just keep putting it off. In some Kindle writing groups, they call this method, “sprinting.”
They blast out words for 20 minutes straight, then have a reward and blast away again and they tell each other in the group that they are in the sprint…going as fast as they can.
Your mind can take anything and make it seem bigger than it is.
Have you heard a noise in your house and then you start thinking about it?
You wonder if it’s the wind, or something about to break down. Suddenly you jump to the idea that it might be a robber or worse, attempting to get into house. You take a simple noise and blow it up it to full blown disaster.
Procrastination can be similar in that you think about a task and suddenly it becomes a monster. It will eat you alive, so it is better to turn on Netflix and tomorrow, well tomorrow it will seem easier because you are going to relax all day and you will be so rested tomorrow. Tomorrow you will slay that dragon.
Stop blowing tasks up into mythical proportions.
One step at a time and get it done.