Procrastination. It’s not a dirty word…

Andrew Roberts Mindset 14 Comments

PROCRASTINATION

Let’s take a look at that word.

So many of us think of it as a dirty word…

The Oxford Dictionary explains Procrastination as:

‘the action of delaying or postponing something’

While that gives you a definition – it doesn’t really explain why it happens.

Check out more in this week’s video below.

I think procrastination is a positive and is actually a blessing in disguise.

All of us procrastinate every now and then – it’s a very normal and very human thing to do. BUT don’t beat yourself up about it.

Beating yourself up just ensures you use negative self-talk …‘I am so ANGRY at myself for not getting that done. ‘Urgh … ‘I should be getting that done right now’…

The first thing you need to do is CHANGE YOUR VOCABULARY.  Starting with changing SHOULD to COULD.

There is a HUGE difference between these two words.

The second thing is truly – that procrastination can be a blessing in disguise.

If you’re experiencing procrastination, and it’s become quite frequent then it can also be that you’re in need of a break. Maybe a temporary break – get up, walk around, stretch, or take a walk around the block….

If it’s consistent, then more often than not, you’re in need of a holiday – it’s your body telling you, you need a break.

Don’t ignore this and push through. It has such a negative impact on your body, energy and confidence levels.

The third thing is important…in that, if you’ve worked through your vocabulary, maybe you’ve taken a break or a holiday, and you’re still procrastinating, them it’s time to focus on your lack of clarity…

Lack of Clarity is one of the KEY reasons people procrastinate.

Clarity is knowing exactly who you are and where you’re going, so you have a direction. You’re on the right bus. 

Use education to change direction rather than motivation to speed up.

And this is why I feel procrastination is a blessing in disguise…. It may well disguise your need for self-education, relaxation or change…

So – go internal, gain clarity on who you are and what you want, and ask yourself ‘what’s creating this?’‘what’s missing?’

We all experience procrastination from time to time… we’d love it if you could share your thoughts or strategies on how you get out of the ‘funk’, in the comments section below…

Remember, it could be the blessing in disguise you need.

til next time

Andrew