I’ve written on procrastination before. I’ve gone through a period of it recently, so I thought I’d knock something together on the subject.
I like to be organised. I love a good plan. Details, details, details. But sometimes, the execution can suffer. I do my best work when I’m under pressure. Sometimes, without that pressure, there is no action. That’s not to say I’m doing nothing, but the lack of drive and focus can cause a wildly meandering route to completion to appear.
This can be all well and good when you’re at uni or school and last minute cramming is expected, but once you’re in a job or attempting to run your own business, procrastination-led postponement leads to inefficiency and, possibly, a life of under-achievement. Those who revel in their procrastination can end up in a deadly downward spiral. Their high expectations are dashed and low self-esteem sets in – ‘I’m not achieving anything. I’m useless. I can’t do this. This feeling then self-reinforces itself as the procrastinator dwells on not being able to do things rather than doing them. Welcome to your mediocre life – but it’s often just perception.
So, what to do?
You first need to acknowledge what’s going on. That’s half the battle. To help you take some practical steps to move forward, I’ve compiled a list of resources that might be helpful for you.
- Life Hacks’ Practical Steps to Avoid Procrastination
- The BBC has a great resource on visualising your ‘future self’ to beat procrastination
- Homeworkers and freelancers can be so easily dragged into deep procrastination. Location Rebel has a great list along with further linked resources to help.
For those more inclined to lie on a beach thumbing through a physical book, try these:
- Top of the list is the excellent Brian Tracy. Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done – Today!
- The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
- Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now
The Bottom Line
Overcoming procrastination can be a bit of a chore. I wish you well. I’ll leave it to you to decide whether reading about procrastination is, in fact, procrastinating manifesting itself in all its glory!
If you’re bored of the cat videos, rearranging your desktop and all the other avoidance tactics, consider working with a coach to see what you can achieve. Give me a shout and we can have a chat about it.