I used to think procrastination was due to laziness or a lack of motivation. Laziness makes sense since we eventually get to the task at hand. Have you ever thought to yourself: “I’ve got enough on my plate right now, I’ll get it it later”? Then later rolls around and you keep pushing the due date out even further. There’s always tomorrow right? Well, the truth is we avoid doing what needs to be done today.
So now I’ve come to realize that procrastination is the fear of taking action. There’s something hidden that we’re not prepared to face that’s holding us back from doing what we need to do. For example, I’d been procrastinating for weeks now on writing our SEO whitepaper. I put it off not because it wasn’t important, but that it was too important. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to write what I know about the topic in simple, jargon-free language since I rely too much on technical concepts, terms and explanations to get my point across. Would I really know how to explain what I know without relying on this major crutch? The answer was a victorious NO.
After realizing what my fear actually was, I was able to figure out a way of overcoming procrastination. It’s easy to stop procrastination once you know the true root of your fear. On a blank sheet of paper, draw a line right down the middle, creating two columns. Be honest with yourself and write down what you need to do on the left side – and why you’re not doing it on the right. It’s amazing what we discover when we write these things down.
It’s simple when you’re being honest with yourself. If you find some other informative articles on procrastination, please send them my way.