It's interesting that when I recently shared with my group that I would be writing about procrastination, all I've done since is procrastinate!
In literally everything, I'm doing... or not. Even getting this post written, I've procrastinated big time. Why?
Truth is I'm spinning quite a few plates in the air at the moment with different projects, and have to admit to feeling a little overwhelmed.
I'm also in the process of re-designing my business in a way that will (soon)require less effort (read my time..) and create more ease and freedom in my life.
To build that, or any business needs individual elements to be in place. In my experience that translates primarily to you, the business owner, having the right mindset, and secondly to have the necessary structures and systems in place that work for you.
Mindset is a vast topic itself, so we'll save that for another time.
The downside to any new system is that there is a specific learning curve, with a time delay in the implementation and testing. That's where I've been this last couple of weeks. Finalizing which systems stay and which go, and the new ones to use.
And then of course to learn the bloody things... Yes, imagine hair pulling, swearing like a trooper, nearly throwing-the-mouse-and-keyboard-at-the-screen kind of frustrations, that's how a few of my days have been.
The upside or reward to that is, once everything is in place, the process becomes much more comfortable, and you can breathe a sigh of relief, and giving yourself a high-five for mastering it!
So what does all this have to do with procrastination you may be asking.
In honesty, because I knew what that entailed. I've been putting off moving to a new email provider and automated system for months now. I'm only taking action now because the pain of the inefficient and time-consuming system I'm using today is too much.
I've had enough. I want something that saves time and (reasonably) effortless to use. So what was stopping me?
I'll 'fess up. It's much easier to do nothing. Getting started is the hard part. I was avoiding committing to sit down to do the work. I knew what I had to do, but I was resistant because I would have to (finally) sort out my spreadsheets and folders, update my contacts, design a template, decide which company to sign up with, learn how to use it, and the list goes on.
Procrastination is one of the most significant barriers to effective management of our time and productivity and shows up in many forms. Here are some of the most common culprits.
- Disordered and Disorganized
- Fear that it won't be perfect
- Fear of Failure Fear of Success
- Fear of the Unknown - this is a biggie
- Don't want to do it Not adequately equipped - lack of knowledge and or skills, tools
- Don't want to hurt feelings
Can you recognise where I was in my plight?
I was somewhere in between "disordered and disorganised" to "don't want to do it" and also "not properly equipped (combo of lack of skills & tools).
To avoid this becoming a very long post, I've decided to chunk the subject down into smaller posts, and even a FB Live video (something else I've been meaning to do) over on my Facebook page
In the posts, we'll take a look at:
- The real reasons why we procrastinate
- The biggest causes of procrastination
- Some step by step actions to take to bust this monster
- A couple of techniques to use daily to keep you moving forward
Now could this be me procrastinating writing about procrastinating? LOL
I'm a gal who likes to keep her promise (even if it's in instalments).
So to start the weekend off with something to think about and with a smile, I'd like to share with you this TedX talk on Procrastination by Tim Urban, who has an amusing approach and interesting take on the subject.
While he doesn't include fears or the common forms of procrastination, he has a hypothesis that the brains of procrastinators are indeed different than the brains of other people - the non-procrastinators (do they exist?)
He believes that while both brains have a Rational Decision-Maker in them, the procrastinator's brain also has an Instant Gratification Monkey.
Tim explains that the "Rational Decision-Maker will make the rational decision to do something productive, but the Monkey doesn't like that plan, so he takes the wheel..." and then the conversations (internal dialogue) ends up going like this...
Monkey mind who's now at the helm says "Well, actually, there's still the last two episodes of season 5 of Homeland to watch... the "monkey logic" being while that may not be productive it's certainly more entertaining and enjoyable. (I hope you realised that you just to got an invaluable insight into how my monkey mind works?)
My friend, you now have my permission to take a break for some "constructive procrastination". Make a coffee or tea sit back and watch the video. It's 14 mins long. Enjoy!
Click Here: Tim Urban - Procrastination TEDx talk Go watch it now... or later?
Love & Sunshine
Martine xoxo p.s.
Do you recognise where and how you tend to procrastinate? I'd love to hear your thoughts on that and how you enjoyed the video. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or better still come over to my page and share your thoughts and what sends you down the procrastination speedway over on my page Martine Metaxas - Change Catalyst. Confidence Coach. Wisdom Guide.
Love to see you there!