This week I want to share the top 5 reasons why you procrastinate and find it hard to stick to a routine.
By the end of this, you should know what to look out for, how to stick to your routine and be more productive.
Anxiety and tension
When you know something needs doing, you automatically try and find any excuse not to do it. How many times have you told yourself: I’ll do it after this show, I need a break, or I’ll do it later?
You make these excuses because the thought of doing these tasks fill you with anxiety, tension and stress. These which you are unconsciously trying to diffuse by procrastinating. In reality, procrastinating encourages you to feel lazy.
2) You don’t see the benefit of doing it.
Everyone has things that you know you should do, but if it doesn’t seem worthwhile to you then you’ll never get it done.
In the short term that task might not seem worthwhile, but that task may lead you to something bigger and better – whether you know what or not.
Rather than focusing on the task, focus on the bigger picture to help you to get to the next step
3) You don’t enjoy the task at hand.
In the same way as before, remember to look at the bigger picture and ask yourself why you are doing it. Focus on the feeling of having it done so that you can avoid that feeling of anxiety and tension when you would usually delay doing it.
4) Your bad habits are getting in the way.
Habits are there to help you lead an easier life. Some habits, however, can help you to diffuse that anxiety and tension but on the other hand, they can stop you from doing the task at all.
Recognise when a habit pops up (such as checking your Facebook or Instagram when you should be focusing on work) and learn to stop yourself from doing it.
5) You are scared to try and fail.
Failure is demonised within our society and something that many fear. And this fear of failure is stopping you from trying new things in case you fail.
Failure is just a necessary step to achieving your goals and finding a way that works for you.
Procrastination is great at delaying or even stopping you from trying to do something.
It is easy to fill your time with doing anything but what you should be doing.
Remember, in order to be truly happy learn how and why you procrastinate and focus on the job at hand.