Procrastination is an easy way that all of us get stuck. And yet, we may not even realize we’re doing it. We can create incredible reasons that make sense and is logic as to why we can/should or are even allowed to skip a specific task for later. These reasons are mostly unconscious emotions ie. fear and/or limiting beliefs.
Your beliefs shape your behaviour or reaction to a particular situation. Your approach to specific tasks, projects or problems is based on the thoughts, or perceptions, that you hold about it. If you have a negative limiting belief about a specific task or project that you need to do or a challenge that you need to tackle, your automatic reaction is likely to be one of the following procrastination excuses:
- It doesn’t really matter
- I need to do _X_ first
- I need more information to get started
- I feel overwhelmed and have too much to do
- I don’t have time at the moment
- I don’t know how to do it
- I can’t do it
- I don’t feel like doing it
- I can’t deal with this now
- I am bad at / Not good at X (eg admin)
- I can do it tomorrow
Although these may appear to be valid reasons at the time, they are in reality excuses based on self-limiting beliefs and fears and are extremely de-motivating in terms of achieving your goals.
Eliminating these self-limiting beliefs and fears is the first step. The second? Forming new positive beliefs that challenge and reframe the task thereby motivating you!
People procrastinate for a variety of different reasons and procrastination on different tasks can have varying underlying causes.
If you’d like to increase your individual productivity and performance in all areas of your life then contact us for a free information session, we are happy to assist and shedding some light on a new way forward.
Author – Louanne Smith