Procrastination is as natural as breathing, but it can be a source of guilt and isolation. People hide it, and it is hiding it that damages confidence and ability to move forward. It’s time we all admitted our procrastinating tendencies!
My solution is to bring this out into the open. Once you recognize that everyone has experienced paralysis in thinking and actions at some time, you can happily admit that you have done so too. It can be a regular topic of conversation with others.
A shift in thinking about procrastination can help you transform the experience you have had in your life into a productive and creative capability.
Everybody Procrastinates About Something
When a new situation triggers a sense of paralysis, it is okay to experience this paralysis. But the problem is that it tends to linger. And if it remains too long, the more likely you are to feel guilty about your procrastination and frustrated by a sense of feeling stuck. So, when you feel paralyzed, try to identify the source of the paralysis and then move on.
Knowing that you are not alone in your procrastination can make all the difference. You can take it as a given that everyone you know is a procrastinator. Everyone is hiding it. It’s almost as if there is a universal conspiracy of humanity to prevent itself from moving forward. Each person feels guilty and feels judged harshly by themselves. And it does no good.
When this happens, people tend not to interact with others. They become isolated. And when they become isolated, they start inventing things that aren’t true. These fantasies or hallucinations lead to a downward spiral.
It all comes from the feeling of needing to hide something from others because they think that if others knew it, they would reject them and discount them. People who do not realise that everyone else is also procrastinating do not feel that they can discuss this openly.
It’s time to do something different.
Many people view procrastination as something they need to get rid of—a bad habit or even a mental illness. However, if you view procrastination as something that happens naturally because there isn’t enough time for everything we want to accomplish, then you won’t be able to eliminate the negative effects of procrastinating from your life.
Children don’t judge themselves as harshly as adults do. They live in the present. When they develop a future time sense and a past time sense, they compare themselves to others. They begin to operate in three-time insights: Past, Present, and Future. This is when procrastination begins to enter the picture.
New way of looking at everything.
When we strive for something in the future, we become aware of our actions. We then begin to judge ourselves. If we hear “should’ too often from outside sources, we may start to internalize such judgments. These internalized judgments lead us to procrastinate, how we procrastinate, and for how long we are trapped in procrastination.
But judgment does not help.
There is a big difference between judging your progress and measuring your progress.
Judging produces the desire not to be judged. It is a defensive reaction.
It could be your most incredible new ability.
Measurement creates a desire to surpass your previous measurements. It is an expansive response. Through measurement, you learn lessons from the differences between what you did yesterday and what you are doing today and what can be done tomorrow.
If we focus on judging ourselves when we procrastinate, we lose any confidence or momentum that we may have had. Why don’t we release all the negative energy related to procrastination and turn it into productive action? It’s time to do something different.
Simply looking differently at something that has always stopped you can be a new way to move forward.
It helps you live a long healthy life.
Many studies have shown that there are benefits to having a purpose in life. Some of these include increased mental well-being, longevity and satisfaction with life. The benefits become more noticeable as the stresses of everyday life become less prominent.
It helps builds resilience.
People who have a greater sense of purpose in life are better at finding meaning in setbacks they experience than those who don’t have a strong sense of purpose. Achieving a balance between work and play is key to bouncing back from setbacks quickly. To do this, you need to know your core values and live by them. Finding meaning in your setbacks is an excellent way for you to grow as a person. It can be challenging to see the silver lining of failure, but it’s possible to find happiness in any situation with the right mindset and firm resolve.
You Always Procrastinate For a Good Reason, Right?
One of the reasons people procrastinate is that they feel that they are cowardly. They think that they are somehow failing if they don’t achieve something. They also believe that there is no good reason for procrastinating.
Look Deeper To Find The Cause.
But it’s a big mistake to think that you can avoid doing something by thinking it’s too hard. There may be an excellent reason why you’re procrastinating. Even if you don’t know the reason, it’s probably worth trying to figure out.
An intelligent reason is that you have visualized something for yourself in the future that you cannot do at this time. You are simply making an accurate assessment of the gap between the current state of your capabilities and the desired future state of your abilities.
You recognize that your current capabilities do not allow you to achieve your goals. This is a perfectly rational reason to pause and reflect on this.
Opportunity to be more innovative.
Procrastination is often a sign of something important that we don’t know or can’t do. When we procrastinate, we usually reveal some critical knowledge or capability that’s missing. When you feel you procrastinate, ask yourself why you are procrastinating. Is there something else you should be doing?
Please don’t put a positive spin on it; understand that you’re in a mental state called procrastination and know that the appropriate response to that is to question why.
You can only delay your decision until you ask, “why?” Once you ask “why?,” you begin to break the power of procrastination and make progress toward making a decision.
Now, you’re in the transformational mode because you can write down why you are procrastinating. As soon as you accept the reasons as rational and make perfect sense for why you would be doing so, you are entirely transforming the procrastination experience.
Procrastination is a natural human emotion. But when it immediately triggers you to find out why you procrastinate, this is extraordinarily creative and positive ability.
Procrastination is the bell, alerting you that there is some new level of challenge ahead of you. You must approach this situation differently, and you have been challenged to get more thoughtful about it.
Every time you feel a sense of procrastination, there is a chance that you can understand yourself better.
Every time you feel procrastination, you will learn more about yourself and your capabilities. Procrastination is an alert that you have reached the edge of your capabilities, and someone else’s abilities may be needed.
Preparing For Something New.
People who don’t set goals often think they can’t achieve anything. But this isn’t true. They misunderstand what procrastination means. Procrastination is a natural response to imagining a bigger future. It’s a spotlight on your present inadequacies related to the bigger goal you want to achieve.
Procrastination feels like a failure, but it is a sign of growth. You are in the early stages of development, so you must decide to move to a higher level. Procrastination is a dial on your wall that tells you that you are in a growth period right now and that you need to jump to a higher growth level.
There’s something new that you need to learn and become proficient at. You’ll be working with others who have skills that are better suited to the task ahead.
Procrastination is always a signal that your brain sends you that you’ve just visualized something that requires you to play a new video game. You’ve just visualised a larger picture of your future than the one that was true before.
Changing the picture of your future can change how you use your current capabilities and your present level of confidence. It may also require you to raise your level of both.
You at Your Most Unique
Procrastination is an obstacle to moving forward. You may be experiencing this obstacle because you are waiting until you can see how you can move forward in a uniquely creative way, but you are not yet ready to do so.
Your unique vision of a bigger and better future is the reason why you procrastinate. No one else has this vision, and no one else has this particular reason for procrastinating. You might be procrastinating on doing something the conventional (or traditional) way so that you can figure out your creative way.
A remarkable shift in thinking.
Every procrastination in your past, present, and future is an opportunity for a shift. The shift may be big or small. You can visualize the future, but what stops you is unpredictable. How you transform it is unpredictable, too.
The only thing that’s predictable about life is change. Change is inevitable. It’s also the most powerful force on earth.
You have to learn how to harness this power.
To do so, you need to understand why you procrastinate. Why you don’t want to take action. And why you keep repeating the same patterns over and over again.
It all comes down to fear. Fear of failure. Fear of success.
Procrastination is a dead zone of human activities. You can find a rich area for intellectual and creative transformations by getting rid of the negativity. Once you do that, you can make your life more productive.
By examining why you are procrastinating, you may find a rich area for intellectual and creative transformations in what is essentially a dead zone of your life. It is very rich in possibilities once you get rid of negative thoughts.
People who feel guilty about something suddenly realize that what they’ve been doing all along was the key to their bigger and better future. That’s when the transformation happens.