Why do we keep procrastinating?
Procrastination is a psychological and neurological state of indecision
. Let’s look at how it represent itself and how to stop procrastination.
Ninety percent procrastination is only anxiety based on past unrelated events (i.e., memories), but the other ten percent is your brain telling you that you need more information before making a wise decision.
This is where you need to consider objectively if you have the knowledge and skills needed to face the reactions to your decision.
When we procrastinate, we are consciously or unconsciously experiencing confusion, uncertainty, self-doubt, or fear. These feelings make us stop our positive actions and make us procrastinate. The good news is that subconscious fear, not related to our present state of affairs, can be treated very successfully today.
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Business psychologists have made numerous tests and have found that if you have good time management skills, and good business skills, “active” procrastination makes you more successful. It gives you time to access the situation and gather more information before you make an important decision. In other words, it is positive.
If you find that realistically you are not ready for lack of knowledge or skills, you can quickly decide for/against upgrading them. You act. In reality, you can reach your goals and have what you want, and you somehow know it, but you lack a good motivation.
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Research shows that excessive procrastination interferes with memory, and it tends to make your personality less “sweet”.
Procrastinators often have low esteem and tend to exaggerate their accomplishments as a way of covering up anxiety and self-doubt. Sometimes by underestimating themselves, they exaggerate their lack of courage, making it seem part of their character from early times.
What to do to stop procrastination
- Write down what you are uncertain about
When you catch yourself procrastinating, take out a sheet of paper and write down, as briefly as possible, what you are uncertain about. List all the reasons for not taking action, and then ask yourself “Are any of these reasons valid?” Most won’t be, but some may be true.
- Create Strategies & Take Action
Stop procrastination by writing down three small strategies that would lead to the resolution of your hesitancy. Then take action. You do not have to make a leap, just take one step forward towards your goal today. Tomorrow make another small step, improving a skill, or learning from the experts, or meeting with coworkers to discuss …I cannot impress on that point enough. Any step forward is better than thinking about it. But remember: you can never have “enough” information to guarantee 100% success. So trust your intuition, use your wisdom and skills, and make a leap of faith.
- Are you a perfectionist? Do you trust yourself taking decisions?
There’s also a powerful connection between perfectionism and procrastination. For the perfectionist, it’s never good enough, which means that a perfectionist has low self-esteem. Are you procrastinating because you don’t trust yourself? If so, just ask yourself this question: “Am I good enough to make a decision? The answer is usually YES! If not, consider some personal Praxis NeuroCoaching*. The biggest expert that I know of is Mark Robert Waldman. It’s easy, with the help of an expert, to know how and when to take action on nearly everything.
Best for now