This week’s Friday Resource was originally published by Fastcompany.com and explains why people tend to procrastinate, and some solutions to this common issue.
Leo Babauta of Fast Company asserts that most people know the solutions to procrastination – they are simply unaware that they are procrastinating in the first place.
“Clarify what task is most important, clear away everything but this more important task, clarify my motivations for this task, break it down into something smaller and easier if I feel difficulty. Awareness is everything with procrastination. The problem isn’t finding solutions to procrastination—it’s being aware of what’s going on in the first place.”
If you are subconsciously procrastinating, it is hard to take a step back and look at the bigger picture and attack procrastination at its root. You have to continually be mindful of your procrastination and aware that it exists in order to control it.
A few tips from Babauta to help sustain awareness are:
- Recognition – That this mindset and habit of yours is harmful to your wellbeing – causing you to come up short of achieving big goals or causing anxiety and stress on your body. Listen to your body, and notice the red flags as they occur.
- Commitment – Being aware and continuing to remember your goal to eliminate your procrastination. Try writing it on a sticky note, have a reoccurring calendar appointment or post on your social media.
You have the tools to stop procrastination, now it’s up to you to change.
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