Wednesday, 25 June 2014

I'll do it when I get around to it......

For many people, procrastination is the single greatest obstacle to actually getting important things done. It's not that they don't have the time, it's just that they waste it by doing other less productive things until there is insufficient time left.

This strategy is one of avoidance. The task is usually not a particularly pleasant one so any excuse is found to put off the actual "doing" of it. Of course what is happening psychologically is that the procrastinator is running an internal movie or looking at an internal picture of themselves bogged down in this unwanted task. This makes them feel bad, so the unconscious mind finds something else to do instead to take the mind off it. Short term problem apparently solved!

Of course if the job is important enough it has to be done eventually, and then what a great feeling it is to have it done! Suddenly the world is full of possibilities again! This good feeling is the key to defeating procrastination. Instead of thinking gloomily about how miserable you could be when doing the task, deliberately concentrate instead on how good you will feel when it's done - maybe promising yourself a nice treat or a reward when you get there. That way you get to feel good before and after the task, because let's be honest, procrastination is just another form of worrying, and we can all use less of that!

If all else fails, just print and cut out the image above. After all, you said you'd do it when you got "a round tuit"!

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