Tackling procrastination

To procrastinate means to avoid tackling things we know we should. We avoid the jobs we should attend to; we avoid sorting out issues; it’s a habit that once you get into, it’s very hard to get out of.  It’s something I did as a child.

To stop myself from procrastinating, I think about the things I need to do, so they’re clear in my mind. Do you write a list and use the list to work through your issues, or does your list stay as your list, without you giving it much thought?

I believe a list is a form of procrastination too, we would have to act on it to move away from procrastinating. As we procrastinate, we begin to form a pattern of not doing anything. The more we spiral into that pattern, the more we procrastinate and the more we procrastinate the more we want to procrastinate and the cycle continues.

Change isn’t easy, but there are usually serious underlying reasons as why we procrastinate in the first place. Depression is the biggest reason. The list of reasons why we procrastinate is endless.

It’s important we recognise those traits. Others clearly see our traits, but it’s not always easy for us to those in ourselves. When we begin to recognise those traits, we’re more likely to do something about them. I don’t believe any of us intentionally choose to be a certain way.

I believe that what life throws at us can make us behave a certain way. Negative experiences that continue to replay as negative can also be responsible. Understanding our patterns and trying to change those, may help us move forward so that we at least limit the time we would spend procrastinating.

 


16 Nov, 2011

14 thoughts on “Tackling procrastination

  1. Procrastination has always been a big problem for me and it’s something I know I need to work on.

    It doesn’t help matters any when you just keep putting off dealing with it.

    I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get beyond it in the future!

  2. I think we all have the potential to procrastinate and I know that I have to make a concerted effort to make decisions instead of putting them off, especially when a difficult decision is involved.

    I remember that old saying ‘you can run but you can’t hide,’ and I guess I’ve got to push myself more than I sometimes do.

  3. Having been self employed for over 20 years, I sometimes did this.

    It would only cause greater stress in the end because deadlines would become tighter. In the end the task had to be completed.

    Better to be organized and work steadily towards the completion. A client once told me I was a very organized person. I had to be.

    I had 8 different clients I worked for all at once. It was challenging.

    1. It’s such a responsibility and a major stress factor being self-employed. I would imagine with too much stress it would be easy to procrastinate, just with the strain of having to deal with a lot of stress.

      I am pleased you have moved on from those times and have less stress now.

  4. I do this often.

    I had a problem with my house getting clean, but it was because things had gotten so out of order and crowded that I was overwhelmed and my head would just spin and I’d give up.

    Once I got the crowd out of the way and moved a lot of stuff out I was able to clean and have my home and sanity back. I think I stayed depressed over the whole situation and that kept me procrastinating more.

    I tend to try and tackle things sooner now unless it’s something unpleasant and that will get put off for a little while, but will eventually get done. I also make lists now that help me because I have trouble remembering things. That has even gotten better though.

    It’s funny how one big problem can cause so many little problems like procrastination.

  5. Fortunately, I’m not much of a procrastinator. I can’t stand to have something that is left outstanding.

    It causes much distress for me when things aren’t completed.

    I usually over plan for things and sort of take the opposite extreme. Both have their pros and cons.

    1. As you say LeAnna there are pros and cons for both; but as long as you don’t put too much pressure on yourself to complete your tasks, I am sure there’s a happy balance that can be reached.

  6. I definitely procrastinate, but I am aware of this and am working to change this. I love this subject and what you write. You have such a good point, on how others see us clearly but we have a harder time seeing ourselves clearly and probably admitting what it is that we truly see in ourselves.

    Now that I know and admit that I tend to procrastinate I’m going to take that knowledge and work on tackling it one step at a time.

    Thanks for writing about this and everything else that you do. Hugs! Kate

    1. I hope you manage to work and change some of what you’re struggling with Kate.

      I know how you feel, because as a child I would procrastinate daily… it helped me cope in many ways, because I could just retreat until I was ready to come out and deal with my problems. I know how you feel.

      I’m here for you Kate as I know you’re here for me too. 🙂

      1. Thanks for your thoughtfulness and kindness. I am here for you.

        I managed to work on some of my procrastinating ways today. It felt great to just do some things that normally I would try to put off. I never thought of it that way… that procrastinating was something I possibly did, hoping that it would help me cope until I’d be ready to deal with my problems.

        Well, now I’m ready and willing to face my problems and challenges one step at a time. 🙂

        Thanks Ilana for all that you do.

        1. Thanks Kate.

          It’s great that you’ve been able to work on some of your procrastination today. I’m so pleased you’ve been able to do this as it’s not so easy to do. 🙂

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