You Want To Change Your Career? Then Don't Procrastinate - Part 1
Author: Catherine Trebble
Procrastination is something that everyone does at some point or another. But when you let procrastination get in the way of achieving your goals, you can have a real problem on your hands.
There are many reasons why people procrastinate. Sometimes we put things off because we just don't like doing them. Sometimes we don't do something because we tell ourselves we aren't capable of doing it. Other times we don't start something because we don't think we can do it well enough.
If procrastination is a problem for you, then it is important that you recognize it and take a look at the reasoning you use to put things off, as this is the best way to devise methods to stop doing it.
When it comes to procrastination, it's helpful to learn how to observe and manage our emotional reactions we have when we need to do something we don't want to do, don't like to do, or are convinced we just can't do. When you learn to understand why you avoid something, it is much easier to find a way to deal with it.
For example, if you know you are not particularly good at organizing the finances and you recognize and accept that fact about yourself, you are more likely to be able to convince yourself that you should spend an hour or two dealing with the bank statements than to spend it worrying that you won't be able to make the figures balance.
Take the emotion and the fear out of the equation and suddenly things are a whole lot easier. When you do feel that sinking sensation, don't get up and find something else to distract yourself with. That can be our usual reaction and it's the last thing you should do. Stop, and think about why it is you need to do the task you're avoiding. Think about the upside of when this task is done. How will it make you feel? How closer will you be to where you want to be? Then get going.
One of the best ways to keep track of your procrastinating ways is to keep a journal. Every time you find yourself dreading doing something or wanting to put something off for later, write down your feelings and thoughts. Doing so will help you to better understand your thought processes and enable you to work through the emotional reasonings you use to avoid certain tasks.
The worst thing you can do if you are a procrastinator is to do nothing. So begin by putting some effort into understanding why you do it. Once you understand the emotional connection, you can start working on overcoming the problem.
About the author: Copyright (c) 2010 Catherine Trebble. All Rights Reserved.
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