During Season 3 of Design Lessons, you learned how to use the LEADER mindset to alleviate a daily challenge that you had. If you didn’t get a chance to participate. No worries. You can download the Project You: 30-Day Action Planner and I walk you through your own project.
Welcome to season 4 of Design Lessons. Our keyword for this season is action. Taking action is the key to creating a life that you love to wake up. In fact, my mantra in this season of my life is action = joy. When I find myself procrastinating on a task or a conversation, this helps me remind me that generally once I take an action instead of thinking about it, I feel good. I feel joy.
During our talk today, we are going to create some solutions that are going to help us limit our procrastination.
Raise your hand if you have ever procrastinated.
I’m imagining that your hand is up. At some point in our lives, we have procrastinated on a task. I know that I have. I bet you have too. Think back over this past week or last month. When have you procrastinated doing something that you felt you should do? Maybe even something that you wanted to do.
For me, procrastination was a habit that actually brought me pain when I was in high school. The anxiety that was caused by procrastinating would build, and I would feel awful.
Looking back it’s hard for me to pinpoint what had me turning in almost every assignment late. And that was back when teachers deducted a lot of points for late work. So on top of the procrastination, there was a penalty.
Over the years, I don’t really have deadline procrastination anymore. I meet my deadlines. I’ve learned that starting a project can keep that anxiety at bay and can also keep that project from seeming bigger than it is.
What I have come to realize is that procrastination is a form of fear. To stop procrastinating, we must first identify the root of that fear. Think about that for a moment. What are you fearful of that is making you put off a task or a conversation? Perhaps it’s a fear of rejection. Perhaps it’s a fear of conflict. It could be many things. You have to figure out what it is for you.
That work is important, realizing what you are fearful of.
You might be asking yourself, but what are some concrete strategies beyond identifying what I’m fearful of that can get me moving on a task?
Here are two other forms of procrastination and their solutions that maybe resonate with you too.