Friday, May 29, 2009

Stop Procrastination -- Fear

“Why Do You Procrastinate?”

Procrastination has held more people back from success than smarts or just about anything else in the world. But why do we procrastinate? This article is going to reveal a few of the many reasons why people procrastinate and then direct you to a resource that can help you end your procrastination for good. Keep reading to find out more.

One of the reasons why we procrastinate is because we think that we need to be in the right “mood” in order to do whatever it is we have to do. Let me tell you something, if it’s a task that isn’t all that pleasant, you’re never going to really be in the mood, like having to wash the dishes. However, once you get started, you forget about the mood and begin to concentrate on just getting the task done. And trust me, the more unpleasant the task is, the quicker you WILL get it done and out of the way.

Another reason we procrastinate is that we don’t properly calculate the time required to complete the task. We think it’s going to take X number of hours only to find out that it’s going to take a lot longer. We then get discouraged and throw our arms up in the air saying, “I’ll never get this done.” Or, we have the opposite problem where we see that the task won’t take long at all and we say to ourselves, “I got plenty of time to do this” and we end up never getting to it. Suddenly, the living room is layers deep in old newspapers because we didn’t tie up the few that we had when we had plenty of time to tie them up. (You know I’m right.)

But the biggest reason we procrastinate, especially with things that might bring us some kind of monetary gain, is fear of failure. We can’t stand the thought of doing all that work just to end up failing when it’s all done. Trust me, that can be a real downer.

Great, so what can we do about all this? Well, overcoming procrastination is not something that happens overnight. A lot of bad habits and attitudes have to be unlearned. Here, you’ll find a review of a great resource that will help overcome your procrastination. I strongly suggest that you read it.

Don’t let your fears stop you from completing the things that you need to get done. Start fighting your procrastination problem TODAY.

1 comment:

  1. You've really hit the nail on the head hear around mood and procrastination! Just look at the recent research that shows the best evidence-based treatment for depression is getting started on small tasks that are innately rewarding, despite how we feel (see activation therapy, and "component analysis of CBT therapy for depression).

    Procrastination is genuinely a life-interfering behavior! The cost of procrastinating can literally be measured in lost health, years of life, and thousands of lost dollars.

    I've been researching procrastination very carefully, recently. I've
    discovered that overcoming it is really a simple process of transferring
    motivation from the things we love to do and do often over to the
    things we don't like doing and avoid often.
    From a behavioral perspective it's all about positive reinforcing manageable
    approximations to high-procrastination tasks.

    Overcoming procrastination involves the same motivational processes that underlies the evidence-based treatment in many cases "cure" for autism. It's also the basis of effective performance management systems
    in the top organizations.

    You've captured the "thinking" part of that process here beautifully.

    Thanks for sharing such a thought provoking article!