Procrastination! Now or Later?
We have all been through a time when we have push things that we need to get done for later. Though that ill get back to tomorrow or later and found yourself pushing through it most of the time. Well, I have been in that phase and all I did at one point is Procrastinate. Is Procrastination good or bad? Some of us push it till the last minute of deadline and then rush to get things done. What's the purpose behind that?
It has nothing to do with time- management As people usually say to 'just do it' would be like saying to a clinically depressed person, cheer up.
We often tell ourselves "it doesn't matter when a task gets done, So long as its eventually done". I used to even believe I work best under pressure. But little did I know I was a chronic procrastinator.
I constantly worked on getting a schedule done to manage time and also worked on creating a well-formed outcome. Everything went well I have a vision and make that vision in line with the purpose and also have the drive and motivation to want it all. Then what was stopping me? Why would I push it to later? This bothered me a lot. I would keep up most of what I created in my todo and most of it would be left undone. One day while I was meditating I stumbled upon the concept of Procrastination and started to connect the dots. I was keen on finding my pattern and break that pattern because I wanted to achieve my results sooner than it was taking.
So here is my secret to understanding how to break that pattern.
When I created my todo or task list it was created keeping well-formed outcomes (link to what is well-formed outcomes) so its something which has all the boxes checked. That lead to perfectionism which can be extremely difficult as a personality trait that is characterized by setting extremely high standards for oneself and potentially others, being highly critical of oneself, and striving for flawlessness. This will another topic I will speak separately about.
So with this trait comes stress to live up to the self-created expectation. Now, this would trigger a condition that has been unlying and I have been battling for a while "Anxiety".
Since the whole task was Anxiety provoking my mind resorted to the best defence mechanism Procrastination which became my escape.
Now that I was aware of this pattern I had to break it.
So I "STOP"
S-Stop (Take deep breaths to neutral your mind)
T-Think (Visualise what the task in hand is )
O-Observe (Hear, See and feel what would be the consequence be if I didn't do it and if I did it)
P-Proceed with the best intention (Once I evaluate my consequence the result or action is clear and then just do it)
Now I do this every time I want to cancel or push the task I STOP. I have more control over my decisions and I get more task done.