Why We Procrastinate and What to do About It

Why We Procrastinate and What to do About It

I meant to start last month. That was the plan. Then I was going to make progress a few weeks ago. Definitely, I intended to make up for lost time this past weekend. But, I started yesterday morning. The funny thing is, I expected it to be hard but it was easy. Suddenly, I wish I really had started last month. I could be so much farther now if I had. Procrastination. Recognize it? It disguises itself as motivation for everything else but that thing you want to do, need to do, or even feel called to do. None of us are proud of it but, most of us deal with it at some time or another. So why do we do it? A few of the many reasons we struggle with procrastination include: The task seems daunting or overwhelming. You don’t know how to do it. You’re worried about failing. You’re distracted. You don’t feel like you have time. You just don’t want to. Have you ever noticed that when you finally hit panic mode and you are done procrastinating, the task most often ends up being easier and quicker than you had imagined it would be? This week as I pondered procrastination, I realized it comes at a cost. Procrastination is like a credit card with your time. We “spend” or allocate our future time today. We pay interest by the stress and anxiety it costs  to carry around the unfulfilled task until it’s completed. Procrastination can steal future opportunities. Because we defer until later something that should be done now, later we are not free to...