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Have you ever put something off until later, and later never came?

Maybe you rationalized that it really could be done later, and then later becomes last minute.

Does procrastination seem like a destination?

A place you go when you don’t want to get something else done?

Have you turned procrastination into a science or event?

Each time you schedule in that “JOB” something “MORE IMPORTANT” must be done first.

When you put that “task” off do you feel justified somehow?

When you look back at the “deed” do you often feel like you were just being lazy?

Procrastination or laziness, which is it?

Does any of this sound vaguely familiar?

In the Wikipedia dictionary the meaning of these two words are this;

Laziness is disinclination to activity or exertion despite having the ability to do so. It is often used as a pejorative; related terms for a person seen to be lazy include couch potato and slacker.

Procrastination refers to the act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of low-priority, and thus putting off important tasks to a later time… Procrastination may result in stress, a sense of guilt and crisis

Procrastination may come from different sources.

 Fear is huge including the fears of success or failure. There are many things that could sit in wait keeping you afraid to act so be open to feelings to be sure fear is not the culprit.

 Self doubt is another whopper.  The feeling that you can’t do it or won’t complete a project or time can keep us from ever starting. You may just have a sense that you just cannot!

 How about confusion? Are you not sure where to start or which way to go or any number of dilemmas of indecision that leave you confused?

Are you completely overwhelmed by the task or life? You may be overwhelmed by just what you are putting off or maybe you are putting everything off!  EVERYTHING IS JUST TOO MUCH! (Sorry for the yelling…)

 

The biggest issue I can have with procrastination is that it can cause other pain. The creation of stress and guilt that regularly follows may affect our health so the benefits of just doing it far outweigh putting it off. We don’t know that when we are avoiding the item, not consciously anyway. If we were truly conscious we would think the whole thing through and just “get ‘er done!” It is faster than all the mental gymnastics involved in plotting and planning another possible time to look at it and potentially put it off, again. I say we as I know I am not alone in this.

So how do we cut out that darn procrastination for good? I figure the easiest way is the direct way. Ask some pretty direct questions.

Why am I putting ‘IT’ off? Be honest here!

How does that feel? No really, how does that really feel inside?

What are the benefits for putting it off? Write down as many as possible.

What would be the down side for putting it off?  Make the list full!

How does that feel?

What would be the benefits for completing it NOW?

How will I feel if it was completed? Make a full list!

Remember a time when a task was completed that was being put off?

How did it feel?

This is a terrific start but is not a complete list by any means. A Life Coach would assist you in digging deep to get to the source but you really can do this for yourself, I know you can! You are worth the effort to get to the bottom of this once and for all! I know you are- I am in your corner. You may have someone else in your corner that you can go through these questions with or just pull out a journal and start writing. Who knows what cool awareness you will unearth?  If you are reading this blog I am guessing you are interested in growth so this exercise may give you a revelation – a starting point.

The way I see this is you are worth any effort that you can take to make your life what you want. Life is much too short to spend any of it doing things you do not want to. If your job is not something you love, than start planning to do something you would love doing. Maybe you need an attitude adjustment or a job adjustment. The time and effort you spend procrastinating can be spent researching what your life purpose is or if you already know it, bringing it to fruition. You deserve to live in joy! What can make you joyful today?

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I have worked on living in FAITH for some years, but  now and again the ugly face of FEAR shows itself. I have had this project for my business that has been looming for the past 3 weeks that I have let simmer on the back burner. Simmering is not always a bad thing. While it sits there, I think about it while I read a book watch one of my favourite shows I have recorded or talked with a friend or client on the phone.

Simmering for me looks very much like procrastination, though. I talk firmly to myself to get moving on it as it is a key component to the next step in my business. All else will stem from it so it is important and not to be taken lightly. I have had it on my agenda in several places for several weeks and it never quite happened. The simmering did, then the knowledge of the avoidance happened about a week ago and the simmering became most uncomfortable.

The more I looked at the avoidance thing, the more I felt FEAR lurking in the wings. I am not a perfectionist so it is not about making it right, but about understanding the process and the ramifications of it. Can I look at it from a place of clarity or is it all fogged up from the long drawn out simmering?

I realize that I need simmer time to think things through. It’s about processing for me and I know I am not alone in this. I spent some time talking to my Life Coach last week about it and was given one week to do this then to take it off the table and color it done.  I had forgotten this timeline for a few days and last night I could not sleep. Up I got and started the process to get clarity on the project.

I worked for maybe an hour and a half and felt great about it! I was able to climb back into the warm comfort of my bed and have sweet dreams of a job halfway done. I am clear in the direction I am going in so only need about another hour to complete it. Of course this clarity gives way to other work that will take a bit of time to complete, but if not for the clarity of my contact with my coach and a timeline, it may have simmered me right into a place so frightful; the ghouls of Halloween would have been like angels to me!

Fear is necessary and can save us from being run over by a truck or eaten by a bear, but if it is keeping us from sleeping at night, it is likely telling us something. It told me the simmering was done and that I had all the clarity I needed to get the job done. I love my sleep and find it quite important to function in the light of day. I have found that clearing my plate allows me not to take work, problems and other people stuff to bed with me. I say my gratitude list and prayers that include a question that dragged my sorry butt from the bed last night.

“Did I live in fear or faith today?”  What would be your answer at the end of your day?

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