Time management Monday: 3 Reasons Why You’re Procrastinating

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Break through the wall of procrastination by figuring out why you’re procrastinating in the first place. Once you have found the source of what’s holding you back, you can resolve that issue and move on to productivity!

Here are 3 reasons why you might be procrastinating:

Fear of failure is the classic reason for putting something off. If you are afraid you won’t do it right, you won’t have a lot of motivation to do it. This is especially true if the results are difficult or impossible to reverse once done, or you will use materials that are irreplaceable or difficult/expensive to replace. Here’s an easy example: it took me years to decide to paint the wood in my living room, because I knew if I hated it, removing the paint would be an onerous task. Finally I asked my friend who has a much better eye for these things than I have, and she assured me it would look great. Fear of failure vanquished.

Maybe you have a legitimate reason why you’re putting off the task. Maybe you…

Need more information. This happens surprisingly often. Sometimes we beat ourselves up for procrastinating, when in reality we don’t have enough information to properly complete the task. Figure out what else you need to know in order to do the task or project well. Do some research, or consult someone who is good at it (as I did in my example above). Just beware of falling into the trap where collecting information becomes a form of procrastination itself.

Maybe you feel like you shouldn’t be doing this task at all. Do you feel like it’s…

Not your job? If this is how you are feeling, take a minute to examine why.

Is someone else more qualified to do the job? Do you feel you are not prepared to do the job well and someone else could do it better? In this situation, make your case to the people involved and see if they will agree to have someone more qualified do it instead.

If you are the one that needs to do the job, but you feel like you shouldn’t have to be the one to do it, you need to adjust your attitude and look for the upside. Maybe you feel the task is beneath you, your talents are wasted on it, or there’s something better you could be doing instead.

In this case, remember that everything you do is an opportunity to show how good you are. Do the task well and show them what a good job you can do. You’ll gain their trust, and soon bigger and better opportunities will come your way.

Why are you procrastinating?

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