I chose this topic because it is something that I struggle with almost daily, and because I just finished an easy read on the subject of procrastination.
Heck, I even procrastinated about getting this post started, lol. Most of the time I don’t mean to procrastinate, I start of the day with very good intentions. But then minute by minute and hour by hour the day marches on and I am left at the end feeling like I have accomplished nothing. I go to bed disappointed, frustrated, and vowing that tomorrow will be different.
Let’s take today for example. It is only 8:00 AM as I am writing this. I woke up at 6. For two hours, I have been struggling, and wasting time and look – now already 2 hours of my day is *POOF* Gone! I am currently involved in a challenge for the month of July about getting more done in less time. One of my objectives is to blog for 30 minutes a day, first thing in the morning.
Procrastination is a real problem for me in so many areas of both my personal and business life. Things like: consistently getting money tasks accomplished, blogging daily, taking time out for me, expanding my eCommerce business, getting healthy, eating better, getting enough sleep, and I really could go on and on with this list.
So I really have been thinking about WHY procrastination is such a problem and what I can do about it because if it is such a problem for me, I know it is a huge problem for everyone. I’ve come up with kind of list of areas that I feel contribute to my procrastination.
- Perfectionist Mentality.
- Don’t know How.
- Self Sabotage.
- Feeling Overwhelmed.
- Lack of Motivation.
- It’s Way too boring.
- I just don’t feel like it.
- Easily Distracted
I would have to say that is my top 9 list of why I procrastinate. I should probably make it a list of 10 things… and maybe I will. But this is what I am going with for now (so I don’t spend more time procrastinating on what number 10 should be)
By the way – it’s now 11:08 and this blog post still isn’t finished. Granted I have had appointments and other responsibilities this morning. But, it could have easily been up and posted by 8:00 this morning and I could have been moving on to other tasks.
Alright, now that I have the list of things that cause the procrastination – let’s take a look into each one, analyze it a bit and come up with some solutions.
But I will do that in coming days, as kind of a series.
As I mentioned earlier, I just finished a great book on the subject. It’s not a new book, but one I found very helpful. It’s called Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy. It was a quick read and Brian broke it down so it was easy to read. The book is only 117 pages but has 21 different chapters in it.
I like books like this because they are great books to carry in your purse. I enjoyed being able to pull it out and read a chapter or two when I was waiting (doctors appointments, waiting to pick up kids or whatever).
Great book – you should grab a copy.
Anyway, enough said for today. In the coming days I’m going to explore each of the my 9 reasons for procrastination individually. I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. If you would like to follow along, make sure you’re subscribed to my list.
P.S. Okay 11:37 and it’s FINALLY ready to publish lol.
Tomorrow I’ll get into why fear causes procrastination. This is a really big one for me. Remember to follow along.