Getting out of my own way

2 things I’ve learned about procrastination this year

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ONE. Procrastination tightens it’s grip the longer you let it.

I was reminded of this while binge listening to Chris Guillebeau’s Side Hustle School podcast this week. As soon as you’ve put something off, it becomes easier and easier to continue putting it off. Then, the fear and guilt of not completing a task rears it’s ugly head and it becomes even more difficult to approach the task.

TWO. Procrastination is the enemy of momentum.

Momentum is a curious thing. In my writing practice, I’ve noticed that writing begets more writing. It is easier for me to sit down and write in the morning, if I did so the day before and the day before that. The same is true for running, reading, and just about anything else I spend time doing.

THE SOLUTION?

Get out of your own way.

It’s simple, really. Take a moment to reflect on why you’ve been procrastinating the task. Identify the problem.

Whatever the reason, there is no better time to start than right now.

Once you’ve identified the problem, it becomes easier to see that your procrastination is unnecessary and only makes you feel worse. Suddenly, the solution becomes clear: do the work, get it done, start now, go forward, attempt to do it, put pen to paper, pedal to the metal, just try something, anything.

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