Tell me, does this sound at all familiar? You get up in the morning; have a cup of coffee; read your list of the things that you need to get done today; then you just go back to bed. Could this be procrastination, or a more serious problem?
If it occurs more than once; it is. However, people procrastinate for so many different reasons. Here are just a few;poor organizational skills; fear of failing or succeeding; and sometimes, it’s just a lack of self-esteem. Let us explore some of these particular areas and offer up a few easy tips for overcoming procrastination.
Fear of Succeeding or Failing
If you fall into this category, there are certain tasks you can perform to understand your resistance. Ask yourself what are you most afraid of; the task, the requirements needed to fulfill the task; the outcome, or possible failure? Perhaps it may go even deeper. Maybe you are afraid you will succeed.
Most often, there is a tendency to sabotage a certain project because in succeeding, you are meeting the high expectation others’ have about you and your work. Thus, more pressure is being placed upon you; and therefore, no excuses can suffice in exceeding those expectations.
Fear of rejection can be another reason why you cling to procrastination.
This may originate from low-self esteem; or a lingering uncertainty within your own mind. It can also be generated from a past rejection which has resurfaced by the task itself.
Do not place so much importance on what others think; affirming confidence in your own abilities is the key to overcoming rejection. You may feel a slight twinge, but will be able to brush it off if you just remember who you are.
Organizational Skills: Create a Small List
Instead of pressuring yourself by including twenty or more things to do on your list, create small lists of five things to do. Managing your life in this way will make it easier for you to complete the tasks; leaving you with a feeling of accomplishment. Do not allow anyone or anything to overpower you; your life; or your achievements.
Lack of Self Esteem and Motivation
Lack of self-esteem prevents you from completing the easiest task. Why? Either because you do not feel you are worthy of the challenge, or because you feel you are not good enough to complete it. Motivation is a good place to begin.
Start with an easy task first; then gradually work your way up to full completion. Your confidence will build; you will feel more positive about what you can accomplish, and you will be less likely to avoid the next task at hand.
Lift the Weight off Your Shoulders
Following is an analogy which could very well help you out. Grocery shopping requires a list, right? Every time a product is put into the shopping cart, you go ahead and cross it off the list.
Well, if you would just follow the same procedure with all of the other things that need to get done in your life it will help to lift the weight off your shoulders, and your burdens should disappear. The secret is to not overload your mind with tasks and projects neither you nor anyone else can handle.
Take everything just one step at a time. Keep in mind, no one is testing you; there isn’y any time-clock. There is absolutely no pressure.
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