Procrastination. We know it’s a problem. We wish it weren’t. But sometimes we fall so far into the hole, we don’t know how to climb out and get things on track again.
When I ask my email subscribers what their biggest struggle is that prevents them from reaching their goals, I get a lot of responses. By FAR, the most common issue is procrastination. I get this response so often, I realized the topic had to become a blog post.
Procrastination is SUCH a major struggle for MANY people, and I don’t presume to have all the answers for your particular situation. But as a fellow procrastinator who still manages to fight hard enough to get something done every day, I have some insights and tips that may help you.
Why Are You Procrastinating?
The first thing you have to do is figure out WHY you’re procrastinating. Some days you may have a nagging headache, some days the sun may be shining and you would rather spend time outdoors. Different reasons require different methods to get moving again.
To defeat procrastination long-term, you need to get really good at quickly recognizing the TRUE reason you’re not moving forward. Then you need to take specific steps to combat that situation.
There are plenty of reasons for procrastination. This is not a comprehensive list, as I’m more concerned with what you can actually DO to get moving again. Still, recognizing your issue will help you choose which tips to use first.
1. Health Issues
One thing to consider is that procrastination itself is linked to and suspected of being a possible cause of stress-related mental and physical health problems. (Better Get to Work: Procrastination May Harm Heart Health – Psychological Science) That in itself should be enough to get you moving. If it doesn’t scare you into action, you may have a more serious health concern requiring medical intervention.
When you have health issues, it’s sometimes difficult to determine the difference between whether you are procrastinating or just having a bad health day.
If you suspect you may have a health issue, please visit your doctor! A professional can help you seek treatment or rule out the possibility that your health is affecting your ability to get things done.