If you procrastinate — and I certainly do — there is likely an underlying reason you put certain things off.
So, first things first… if you procrastinate and you have a habit of viewing that behavior as lazy, cut yourself some slack. That’s probably not what’s going on.
What is more likely happening is that you’re afraid of something. It could be a lot of things.
You could be afraid of critical feedback.
You could be afraid of not getting the result you were hoping for.
You could be struggling with perfectionism.
Or with feelings of futility — Is the work going to matter in the long run?
You could be afraid of success… after all, success often means change, and change is scary.
These are just a few of the reasons you might procrastinate, and if you can identify the root cause of your procrastination, you’ll be better equipped to contend with it.
But how do you identify the root cause?
That’s a good question. The truth is, it can be tricky.
Journaling is a strategy that’s worked for me.
Here’s what I do…
I sit with my journal and begin writing. I start off each paragraph with, “Maybe I’m procrastinating because…” and then I fill in a reason.
I keep doing this until I notice a physical reaction to what I’m writing. My pulse might go up. I might catch myself holding my breath. My stomach might knot a little. When that happens, I’ve usually stumbled onto the real problem… or at least one of them.
This is a strategy that works for me whenever there’s something I’m struggling with but I’m not sure why it’s a struggle.
When you can name the thing that is causing an undesirable behavior, it’s easier to address… both the cause and the behavior.
Like I said, this is a strategy that’s worked for me. It might work for you, too. If you find that procrastination is holding you back, give it a try and see what happens.
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