I recently came across a New York Times Article entitled Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control).
Try looking at procrastination this way! According to the article:“Procrastination isn’t a unique character flaw or a mysterious curse on your ability to manage time, but a way of coping with challenging emotions and negative moods induced by certain tasks— boredom, anxiety, insecurity, frustration, resentment, self-doubt, and beyond.”
The article goes on to say that becoming aware of the emotions that are triggered when faced with a task will help you resolve those emotions to be able to move forward and complete the task. Are you afraid to fail? Are you afraid the result won’t be good enough? Whatever is holding you back, challenge those thoughts and fears to allow yourself to think differently about yourself and the task at hand. There are several other helpful strategies that the article lists. Check it out here, it’s an easy read.
Most importantly, BE KIND TO YOURSELF. Life is hard enough and beating yourself up for not being productive will move you farther away from your goals. Take a break, have a cookie, and check in with yourself about why you’re really having a hard time getting this task done. Remember, we are here to help you figure out those feelings if you are having a tough go of it on your own. Start with small steps and before you know it, you will be the master of getting stuff done!
Source: Lieberman, Charlotte (2019, March 28). Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control). Retrieved from: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/25/smarter-living/why-you-procrastinate-it-has-nothing-to-do-with-self-control.html