I’ll be the first to put my hand up and say I’ve perfected procrastination in my lifetime.
Ask me how satisfying it is to organise the spice drawer in alphabetical order and you’ll understand the level of procrastination I’ve achieved.
But procrastination is perhaps the greatest of all limiting behaviours.
What’s really crazy about it is that when we procrastinate, most times we are totally aware we are avoiding the thing we really need to be doing and that it’s probably a bad idea to do so and yet, we still resort to organising the spice drawer.
So you see procrastination isn’t about laziness as most of us might suggest, it is a sign that there are underlying thoughts and feelings that are contributing to our decision NOT to take action on the things that will move us closer to our goals and desires.
Procrastination especially holds us back when it becomes a habit.
Habits like not keeping the promises you make to yourself on a regular basis, having a constantly growing to-do list, always running out of time, or feeling like it’s never the right time are all signs you may be procrastinating.
You might also be procrastinating if you work well under pressure (A.K.A. leave things to the last minute), you struggle to make decisions, or you often feel anxious and overwhelmed.
The first step in overcoming procrastination is understanding how it shows up for you.
When you understand how, when and why it shows up in your life, you can make a plan for it and replace your procrastination with behaviour that will move you closer to, instead of further from, creating the results in your life you want.
So tell me, who can relate to procrastination?