Procrastination — why, when and overcoming

  • How long will it take
  • How difficult it is
  • what if I fail to complete or maybe it not worth it.
  • Oh! I didn’t complete it in time
  • I couldn’t do this simple task, I think i’m not good enough to do these things
  • Next time I should find simpler task which does not get me into trouble.
  • No clarity of information.
  • Maybe I should be born with great talent to accomplish these things
  • When you want to do a task which you feel your not good enough to do always look on the up side of the task e.g what do you get when you complete this task, how do you feel when you are done .
  • Ask yourself why do you want to this task and how badly want to do this
    Think about how gone to the next level by completing this task.
  • Why you want do a task
  • Upside of doing the task
  • though it is difficult, I can still do it.
  • though you know your are not very good at it, you are trying to do it.
  • you enjoy doing it
  • because your mind and body (entire system) is acting from data of the UPSIDE OF THE TASK, you can test this with quick small tasks.
  • As mentioned always think about the upside of the task that you want to do.
  • If the task is difficult split it into smaller chunks and work on each small task in focus (you only have to do this once or twice, rest times you already know how to do it. Also this helps in gaining clarity over approaching the task).
  • Set priority for each task
  • Always reward yourself for doing your task, sometimes you might have started the task and planned to completed within 1 hour, but it might have taken 2 or 4 hours don’t start to crib and beat yourself up instead, stay calm and observe why it took 2- 4 hours reasons are it could be you were collecting enough information about the task, you had to work on it 2 -3 times to gain clarity over it, maybe you would have interrupted by an important phone call that you cannot avoid (most times avoid if its not important.) so all these are related to your task(except the phone call) so you really have nothing to feel bad about as it is just a detailed process to complete your task which you were totally unaware of when you started the task.
  • Most important: change your state of doing any task : even when your not doing the high priority task, when your engaged with other simpler tasks always start doing it with UPSIDE of it like What is the greater impact and benefit of doing this task e.g you want to do some task at kitchen when your mom or your wife calls for help at same time you watching your favorite program on TV you obviously want to ignore to help them, ratheruse the opportunity to train yourself to complete that task as a result what happens is your mom or wife is happy one less work for them, you also feel happy that you were able to hep them, you also practiced doing tasks by seeing the UPSIDE of it and finally the greatest thing that you did is you just overridden your system (mind and body)by breaking yourself from your favorite program you gave a higher priority to helping your mom or wife as the benefit of doing that kitchen task is much bigger than none of the benefit that you gain by watching your program.
  • By now you have developed a great discipline of completing your tasks
  • Your focus is improved and is unwavering because you start a task to complete it and your whole system is aligned to get it done.
  • Your an achiever now, from being epic lazy .
  • You can do any task irrespective of whether your good enough, required skills or talent, resources or anything.
  • Congrats you have created a new way of living for yourself.

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Ajay Deepak

Ajay Deepak

Product Manager, life coach, NLP practitioner