I do it all the time, and I know many of you reading this do too, that’s to procrastinate.
We have all heard the old adage ‘Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today’ and yet we still do. We all do it for many different reasons.
Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday and for even longer periods of time.
Procrastination is not only the thief of time, it is also the creator of subtle inner tension. You know you are cheating yourself and it depletes our energy reserves. It is always there in the back of your mind niggling away taking energy and taking space in the mind. This is where I found myself.
Recently I have been really struggling with procrastination, deciding what to do to go forward, or more to the point how to go forward.
I have the ideas, know what I want to achieve but really dilly dallying about how to put things into place and where to start.
Being a coach, I realised I also needed some coaching myself.
When you are the middle of a muddle, you need help to get yourself out and so that’s what I did.
Hopefully I am now on the way forward. Thank you to the wonderful Chris.
Why do we delay doing what we know we need to do?
Is it because we feel we ‘have to’ to do it?
Is it because we cannot clearly see the benefits of doing whatever it is?
Is it because we will need to move things from or in our comfort zone?
Is it because we are frightened of doing it in case we discover something we do not want to really know?
Is it because we fool ourselves into waiting till we feel like doing it?
Is it because we are just being lazy or can’t be bothered, or think it can wait I can do it tomorrow? Of course tomorrow never seems to come.
Is it because what you think you need to do, is not really in alignment with your real needs, or true self ?
It’s probably a bit of all of those and maybe other reasons too if we admit it honestly.
The more we delay whatever it is we should be doing the more energy we waste.
As long as there is a gap between your thoughts and your actions then there will be an inner tension which is draining to your personal power and growth whether you are aware of it or not.
Ways to help :
A. Don’t wait till you feel like doing it, that time may never actually arrive, however the feeling will come when you start actually doing it, so just start.
B. List all the things you have to do and then prioritise the list, delete anything that really is not necessary and does not actually need doing, then just forget about those.
C. In your mind create a vision of the result and be motivated by the vision of the outcome, not the thought of the process. It is often the thought process that usually prevents us from actually doing!
Best advice ‘look at it” then Just do it ! The first step is usually the hardest.
Do it, delegate it or dump it! Simple really.
Or book an appointment with a good life coach.