Anyone who has read more even a handful of blog posts has surely read at least one that falls into the category of a listicle. You know the posts I mean – Five reasons for this, Twelve tips on that… I’ve done them too like here and here.
And I wish this was a list post. I really do! It’s not that I’m so in love with list posts – they’re fine – it’s just I can’t give you five tips on how to avoid procrastinating.
Sure, I could do a Google search and come up with many reasons. I could even draw a couple from my own observations and experiences.
But it would be disingenuous, unauthentic.
I’m not a natural procrastinator. It’s not in my DNA. I’m a doer and come from a line of doers.
Check this out:
I put away the groceries the minute I walk in the door.
I unpack my clothes/stuff as soon as I get home
I answer email as quickly as I can.
I apologize if it takes me more than a day to return a call.
I am obsessed about making deadlines.
I’ve never hit the snooze button in my life.
I wouldn’t call myself a type A personality.
I’m a good relaxer. Especially on the beach. Practically a bum there. Or with a book. Or watching sports – particularly when my Philly teams are on and playing well (wish that was more often).
But generally – I just like to get things done. When I have a lot to do, I feel burdened. I want to handle what I need to handle and move on. I want to take care of my responsibilities – it makes me feel lighter, productive, and accomplished.
Yup, this is my natural way.
Yet, sometimes I procrastinate.
I build something up in my head as being too much – too time consuming, confusing, challenging, etc. and I just don’t want to start. The negatives thoughts scream out in my head, I can’t, I don’t know, I’m not able… Just the thought of starting makes me feel tired.
I know what I should do.
Think about the times where I didn’t believe in the past, and then things worked out. Remind myself about how good it will feel when I handle the task. I should make myself start and not worry about completing the whole task – less daunting.
By the way, I’m not a good procrastinator. Yes, I can surf the net with the best of them and convince itself its absolutely necessary I know x fact or read y article, etc. But, when I do procrastinate, I just end up feeling guilty for wasting time. “What’s wrong with you?” I ask myself during these moments of procrastination. I go to bed feeling guilty and unproductive.
It’s that doer thing.
So, I don’t really know how to avoid procrastination. But I’m pretty sure there are aspects of it that are dependent upon each individual.
Maybe, procrastination is a natural occurrence when we come upon something that we feel unprepared for. Maybe, it’s a good thing. It teaches us to be cautious as danger can lie ahead.
Ahh – maybe I’m making more excuses for procrastination.
I could really use Five Tips on How to Avoid Procrastinating.
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