When procrastination costs too much of your time, energy and money, it’s time to start asking questions.
Because you know what it’s like – you’re trying to accomplish something (big or small) and suddenly you’re down the rabbit hole of the internet, or filing papers or, I don’t know, bathing the dog – because you’d rather be doing just about anything but what you’re supposed to be doing, launching you into a vicious cycle of self-doubt and frustration.
So what can you do? Ask questions.
5 questions to ask when procrastination costs too much
What am I really avoiding?
It’s an easy and effective strategy, but not the best when you have things to do. But it’s the WHAT that you’re avoiding that is key – is it boredom? A perceived risk? Being visible? A unpleasant reality? Or is it that you don’t want to acknowledge something?
What if it didn’t have to be perfect?
Perfection is an illusion and loaded with judgement. Its grip is strong and can hold you back from doing what you need or want to do. What then, would be possible if you let go of the need for things to be a certain way? Or if you didn’t HAVE to know the outcome? What would you be free to create and do?
What am I afraid of?
Fear is yet another powerful de-motivator that can prevent you from doing what needs to get done – fear of rejection or of failure. Fear of being wrong or being criticized, of standing out, of being seen, of rocking the boat… and the list goes on.
Who could do this better, faster, and with more ease?
Start tracking what you put off doing, and I can bet that there is someone out there who could not only do it better and faster, but would actually enjoy doing it – like it would light them up! And then you’d be free to do what really lights you up.
Is this the best time for me to do this?
Because maybe its not. Sometimes you need a break. Or a good night’s sleep. Or you need another piece of the puzzle to fall into place. And then, it’s not quite so hard. Or you have the energy, the clear mind, or whatever it is you need to get it done.
Procrastination can be a frustrating habit but it doesn’t have to be a life-long one. Once you are aware that you’re doing it, you can can turn it on its head by asking yourself these questions.
“Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.”
– Christopher Parker
What about you? How big of a role does procrastination play in your day? What does it cost you? Share in the comments.
For the longest time, Mary tried to downplay her engineer-like super-powers. Now, as the Get-It-Done Facilitator, she combines her love of systems with her intuition to help Visionary Entrepreneurs stop procrastinating and turn their to-do lists into DONE (so they can stop hiding and share their brilliance with the world!)
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