Well all know that we have 24 hours in a day, but for some reason, some are far more productive than others. Now I believe that there’s a sundry of reasons why that is the case but the most popular in my mind can be summed up in one word. Procrastination. Now, before you click away and say, “Oh I don’t need another one of these blogs telling me the same thing over and over…”. Well let me break it down.
See procrastination is something I struggled with a long time, sometimes I still do. But procrastination really starts fear. See the people who plow ahead, whether they might be ready or not, have conquered this fear. They aren’t worried about their work product being perfect, they care about results and getting it done. However, if you’re how I was, a procrastinator, you have a fear that maybe your work won’t be perfect, maybe if you wait longer to complete it and don’t “pull the trigger” that maybe it will be better. You’re fearing failure, but more importantly shame.
Everyone wants their co-workers, family and friends to be happy with what they produce. The idea that we might be letting them down, or not delivering perfectly, prevents us from acting. It freezes us in time, therefore causing us to waste so much of it. However, when we finally do get around to performing our task, now we still have our fear but we have also caked on a time constraint as well, causing us to be more fearful. It’s a vicious cycle.
We really need to get at the root of the problem. Why do we feel fearful to produce for others? Who made or makes us feel inferior? Taking some time to do some positive self talk to our inner person (in a totally non-weird way) can be really healthy and beneficial. I know personally that there were people in my past that rubbed my noise in wrong doing and demanded perfection. Which turned me into a more paranoid and procrastinating person. So dig deep, find the roots, and pull!