Do you procrastinate?

Procrastination is something that we all do. I was doing it myself till a few minutes ago. Instead of blogging I was staring out of the window at the falling snow. Therein lies one of life’s predicament.

Where is the line between doing something which you enjoy and prolonging it, both in terms of time and effort, that it morphs into procrastination?

Think about the times you sat down to watch a TV programme fully intending to, afterwards, go on to do something that you really ought to have been doing but have, instead, carried on watching TV mindlessly because you couldn’t be bothered to move. The point at which you didn’t turn off the TV to turn to your ‘to-do list’ is the start of your procrastination.

Procrastination is like a guilt alarm bell. Nice while you are in the moment but leaves you feeling guilty afterwards when the alarm bell in your head goes off reminding you that it is time to wake up to reality.

Time lost to procrastination cannot be regained.

There are things that you can do to deal with procrastination. The secret is about focusing on what matters most to you. Make a list of things that you want to do. Are these meaningful things that will improve some part of your life or are they just tasks which you need to do like stacking the dishwasher?

Investing time and effort in understanding why you are putting off doing things will help you overcome procrastination. Feeling connected to things you do will make your life more meaningful. At the end of the day a list is just a load of words on a piece of paper if you don’t feel a connection with it all.

Once an emotional investment is made your sense of focus will kick in. Along with a renewed sense of purpose, propose to live mindfully. Be alert to what you do with your time and day. Of course, there will be times when life will get in the way thereby stopping you from making progress. This is different from procrastination.

Be mindful of procrastination. It creeps up on you and embeds itself in your waking hours till it becomes a habit. Deconstructing your episodes of procrastination will help you understand why you do it and will help you stop it.

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