The other day I received a success story from a Psychology of Procrastination program participant…
“Rodger, I think you have outdone yourself with this program [Psychology of Procrastination].
Lesson #4 is where I began to have not one but several light bulb moments. Doing the workbook is the clincher. Somehow writing down the things I am currently procrastinating on and then writing down the why for each one was a very freeing moment.
As they say, “Confession is good for the soul” admitting out loud (actually on paper) that I just simply do not like to do certain things seem to give me freedom to make the next step.
I discovered all sorts of emotions for various things that I continually procrastinate on, including; dislike, resentment, guilt, fear and perfectionism to name a few.
I chose my first target and set about to write down the benefits of achieving it. I was actually excited to get started on something that I have been putting off forever. I am happy to say that I am making progress. I think the workbook will be the key to keeping on keeping on, at least for me.
I know I have a lot of work to do in a lot of different areas, because procrastination had become a monster of a habit with me, but now I have hope because you have given me the tools to work with.
Thank you so very much”
You are welcome Mary. I’m proud of you for taking action and making progress on that thing you’d been putting off. Way to go!
While doing research for this course, I found a surprisingly large number of different, sometimes even contradictory, explanations for why procrastination happens.
They included things like anxiety, overwhelm, fear, task avoidance, stress, perfectionism, desire for fun, rebellion against authority… and the list goes on and on.
That’s why it’s not very surprising that many “overcoming procrastination” articles you find on the Internet give you a long laundry list of tips for you to try out… Things like “just do it,” “do the worst part first,” or “break your project up into smaller steps.”
I guess the idea is that if you try them all, at least one of them is bound to work.
But as you found out, a much better approach is to figure out WHY you are procrastinating and then use that awareness to find the RIGHT strategies that will work best for those specific causes.
I think the real key to overcoming procrastination is to realize that ALL procrastination happens in your mind. It’s always the result of the way you think about your projects, tasks and activities.
So it’s really these thinking habits and thinking processes that you have going on in your head that lead to virtually ALL forms of procrastination.
And since procrastination happens in your mind, that’s where you need to end it.
That’s really what the 5-step process in the course is all about.
It’s a new thinking process that NATURALLY helps you understand why you are procrastinating and NATURALLY helps you take action instead.
At first, I recommend that you keep using the workbook to help you SEE this new thinking process out in the open. As you found out, seeing your thoughts out in front of you not only helps you become more aware of them but it also helps you recognize the hidden emotions they generate.
With a little bit of time and practice, you’ll find that you can internalize this new thinking process and start doing it in your head without needing to use the workbook. Then you’ll turn it into a new thinking habit you can use to overcome procrastination whenever you want to.
Great job and keep me posted on your future success stories.