I’ve spent the last several hours with some emotional unrest. Today is my day to blog and I found myself procrastinating. I’ve gone back and forth on a topic, taken a walk, and taken a nap. All of which did nothing to get me the result of a written blog post.
OK, Holly, what are you thinking? Um, “I don’t feel like writing today”. Wa lah. There it is. The apathy and procrastination generating thought machine. It’s interesting to me that this “I don’t feel like it” pattern is at the root of all my procrastination tendencies. Every. Single. Damn. Time.
Apathy is not a favorite feeling of mine and it sure as shit was not going to get a blog post written so I decided I’d better figure out what feeling I was going to need to be feeling in order to get going. I decided on the feeling of helpful. What would I need to be thinking in order to be helpful? Here’s what I came up with. Sharing my story of procrastination may help someone.
Everyone procrastinates. It’s a defense mechanism of our brains. You know it’s a problem when you are having a lot of inner dialog and beating yourself up over it. When it’s your default mode of operations, you have a problem, Houston.
Did you know that the habit of procrastination can affect your health? Procrastination is directly correlated to chronic stress according to a 2010 study titled, “I’ll Go to Therapy, Eventually”. We all know that chronic stress results in poor physical and emotional health and can lead to anxiety and depression.
Procrastination also affects your work performance. There are many studies out there that prove that people who have the habit of procrastinating make less money and are less satisfied with their work lives. There is also some evidence that habitual procrastinators experience more unemployment.
This is totally fixable and you don’t need fancy dancy tools to do it. Just figure out what you’re thinking. I’ll bet it’s some flavor of the following:
- I don’t feel like it
- I don’t know how (I’m afraid of failing, looking stupid, or that other people will judge me)
- I work better under pressure
- I can’t decide
- I don’t like to be told what to do
Whatever the thought, pinpoint how that makes you feel. Feelings such as apathy, bored, permissive, unmotivated, etc. are common.
Then decide how you are going to have to feel to get it done. From there, craft a thought that will help you feel that way.
Sounds simple, and it is, but it has to be done lots and lots of times in order to break the habit.
I hope this glimpse into my day was helpful for you. I know it was helpful for me because I won’t have mind drama later for not doing my blog. 🙂
PS: Come on over to the Facebook Group “The High Achiever’s Stress Management Collective”. I’d love to get to know you and help in any way I can. I go live every Sunday night at 6:00 PM eastern to discuss a topic and answer your questions.