THE PROCRASTINATOR IS… (DRUM ROLL PLEASE)… ME?
It’s true, I admit, I can be the biggest procrastinator. But before I get all vulnerable and truth-telly about my flaws… hold on a sec! It’s more fun to start with you (cuz I don’t like looking my own flaws ha!).
Maybe it’s you who are procrastinating again. Why?
You know people that could easily accomplish the task you’re trying to do several times in one day, no sweat. So why has it taken you weeks and it’s still not done? Are they more talented or skilled than you are? You know that is not true! So why does the task feel so insurmountable to you?
Ready for the eye-opening and difficult to admit, yet easy answer?
It’s because you’ve become too emotionally attached to the task. You’ve overthought it and allowed to get so big in your own mind, that even the biggest weed whacker can’t get to it. It’s become a monster and it’s downright scary!
Instead of viewing what you are trying to accomplish as a positive thing – a challenge that provides you with an opportunity to learn and grow – you’ve become emotionally attached and stressed over what hasn’t yet happened, and so long as you continue on this path, it’s only going to get more difficult for you. You have lost confidence in your own self and you are not being present in the moment – you are either living in the past, or in the future.
In a nutshell, you procrastinate because you have allowed the overwhelm monster to swallow you whole and haven’t chosen to view this task as a challenge, an opportunity to grow, and an experience to better yourself.
So what do you do?
OK! Back to me now. Let me share because, with tech and my website, I’ve been living in this space for longer than I care to admit. That’s why I’m writing this post, so I can remind myself that not facing what you need or have to do (challenges) head-on doesn’t make them go away, they just get bigger and bigger in your mind and then they seem insurmountable. So long as they seem that way to you, that means they are so.
Mindset is almost always the key to most anything, and when it comes to procrastination, it most definitely is. So, I learned that I have to reassess the challenge and start with the following question to myself:
If the answer is a big fat NO to number one, then let it go. It’s just causing you undue stress. But, if the answer is YES, it is worthy of you and your time, and if you alone are responsible to complete the task, then proceed to the following point.
Yes, it’s time to face the challenge head-on. That means looking at whatever you see as insurmountable as an opportunity for growth, and an experience that will only make you stronger, more confident and eventually, no matter how small the task it, you will be better for it.
Your challenge might be what many people might consider as no big deal, like loads of laundry that have built up and have been sitting there for weeks (yes, this has happened to me). You’ll feel better about yourself once it’s all washed, dried, folded and put away. You can check it off your list and boy does that feel good huh? If it’s creating a website, like it was in my case, I feel better just by committing to getting one thing done on it a day and then making it happen.
I confess that I would sit for hours trying to get just one thing done on my site and not really doing anything for HOURS! DAYS! WEEKS! MONTHS! It seemed like I would never understand the tech part of creating my business. By the end of the day, after weeks upon weeks of the same thing happening, I felt so lost, upset, and small. I felt like the overwhelm monster was eating me up alive, so I would escape and hide allowing anything and everything to distract me from working on my website.
It was not a good feeling AT ALL!
So I started committing to doing at least one thing on the site a day through completion, and guess what? I’ve got a website! It’s not totally finished by any means, but it’s humming along!
So, I’ve written this post for both of us, and I continue to commit to doing at least one thing towards my most dreaded tasks every single day (which the website is not one of anymore btw, YAY!), and doing them first to get them out of the way. That way, even if my tasks get done slowly, they get done!
Never allow the overwhelm monster to stand in the way of your dreams, tasks, or goals!
I hope this was helpful to you in some way!
If it was, or you know someone who just might need to hear this, share it out! I would be honored!
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