Trying to overcome procrastination won’t get you anywhere! Here’s why (and how) to love it instead. (Tweet this)
How I discovered I was a procrastinator
I was so happy when I discovered the word procrastination!
I remember it was a cold night at home during the early stages of my phd when I was so thirsty for productivity strategies and time management, hoping to improve my performance as much as I could.
So I came across the word procrastination. I didn’t know what it meant so I looked it up.
I was fascinated! The definition sounded so much like me, the more I read the more I identified with it!.
Leaving stuff for the last minute! spending a lot of time on other things and then depriving myself of sleep to get things done under pressure (…sound familiar?).
Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean doing things poorly. In fact, I usually excelled at anything I procrastinated on.
It doesn’t have to be that way though!
All that suffering is not necessary. Not at all.
How to love Procrastination
1. The first thing is you need to recognize the origin of procrastination.
If you think about it… it is nothing but a fancy word for resistance.
We are resisting doing what we know has to be done. That resistance comes from fear.
I can’t tell you what that fear keeping you from moving forward is. That you’ll have to figure out on your own. But ask yourself…..(Sometimes it’s just the fear of the unknown)… And once you figure it out…
2. Then you can say: a-ha! Thank you for showing me a fear I was not aware of. Now you can observe your fear, really experience what it feels like, where in your body you feel it.
Theres a lot of energy there, and then…..you must try to turn all of that energy into creative energy!
Once you observe it and become aware of what’s going on there’s an immediate shift and the resistance will start to go away.
3. Stop beating yourself up and take some time. Go for a walk, call a loved one, read something you like, take a nap, etc…watch the video to see how I sometimes procrastinate
4. Then come back to it and pick up where you left off. You will find there will be a more natural flow.
So, every time procrastination shows up, don’t try to fight it or overcome it. Instead welcome it!
Be curious about what it is trying to show you, explore it, entertain it a little bit and be thankful for it, as crazy as it sounds.
Remember that -as we all know- the more we avoid something the more we will get what we don’t want.
Whatever you focus your energy on you will get more of.
So, if you are against procrastination you will never get rid of it.
Don’t fight it anymore, love it!