I love blogging. I really do. I love typing my thoughts, views, advice, and posting them to share with the world. I truly love writing. It was one of my first loves. As a young kid, with letters printed backwards, I use to recreate the little stories that played in my mind. As I got older, writing wasn’t just creating and sharing stories, to me it was a therapist, I, it’s patient. It was a way for me to better get to know me, and to put into words things that I sometimes struggled to say aloud. And although I don’t share that kind of catharsis type of writing in this blog, I still love writing, in all of it’s forms.
Blogging allows me the opportunity to interact with the few lovely people like yourself who take their precious time and spend it reading what I have to say, and who then let me know their thoughts, by leaving comments, or likes. I love it all. As of lately, it wouldn’t appear so, as I haven’t written in quite some time.
Yes, I have been busy, but the same way we hate when our friend says “yes, I’ve been meaning to call/hang out, but I’ve just been soooo busy”, I hate saying that because it seems like an excuse; and it is not an excuse. Being too busy is relative. Relative to your priorities of what is truly deserving of your time. So if I were to be honest, other things garnered my time, although my first love, writing, was constantly on my mind. And then of course there is my hidden beast. The beast that I try to keep locked away in my closet, but just about everyday, he rears his ugly little head, tormenting me, and the oodles of things that I need to get done. You probably know him, as I know I am one of millions who struggle with him regularly. Procrastination.
I’d like to blame his regular appearance in my life on my self-diagnosed ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), but it’s probably bigger than that. Dr. Mia is not in session, so instead of trying to diagnose the many reasons why it seems like I struggle with this beast known as procrastination, lets look at some ways to
eradicate deal with this beast, rearing it’s ugly face in my life.
So, I’ve compiled 7 steps that I’ve been trying to utilize, to minimize Procrastination’s visits in my life. And hey, they have to be kind of good…I finally got this post done! 😉
Steps to Minimize Procrastination’s Appearance in Your Life
1. Figure out WHY you’re procrastinating
Many of us procrastinate, and we don’t even know why. Just like with any ailment, physical or mental, in order to conquer it, we must first realize why we do it. According to Piers Steel’s article The Nature of Procrastination in the Psychological Bulletin Journal (2007), there are four pillars of procrastination.
- Low task value – any task that we see of little value to us, whether that be because it isn’t as fun, or we don’t see it paying off in the long run, we avoid doing it. Instead, we procrastinate by doing other activities that are more enjoyable, or that deep down inside, we place more value upon.
- Personality – If impulsivity is a part of your personality (or your self diagnosed ADD), chances are you struggle with procrastination.
- Expectations – If we believe that it will be difficult, we’ll avoid doing it. The easier that we think it is, the quicker we’ll knock it off of our to-do-list.
- Goal failure – One’s fear of failure is enough reason to cause a person to avoid the task. In order to overcome this, it is important to be confident in your abilities; and accept that sometimes, failure is a part of the journey towards success.
2. Focus on the benefit(s) of completing the task
If we spent less time worrying over the process, and instead thought about the benefits of actually getting it done, chances are, we’d actually get it done.