So you're trying to get work done, but you keep getting sidetracked. You know you need to focus, but something keeps drawing your attention away from the task at hand. What's going on?
Well, it's possible that you're procrastinating. And before you roll your eyes and say "yeah, yeah, I know all about procrastination," hear me out. I'm not saying that you're lazy or that you don't want to do the work. I'm saying that there's a reason why you're avoiding it, and that reason has to do with your feeling or emotion, and not the task itself.
When you think about the task in front of you, it you may have a thought about it that leads to a feeling that is negative or uncomfortable. Maybe it's anxiety about failing, or guilt over not doing enough. Maybe it's frustration at having to deal with something unpleasant. Or maybe it's just boredom and overwhelm at the thought of having to start. Whatever the feeling is, it's strong enough to make you avoid doing the work.
And that's why we procrastinate. We're trying to avoid the way that working makes us feel. It's not because we're lazy, it's because we want to avoid a bad feeling (such as resentful, nervous, agitated, or annoyed).
But there are ways to overcome this obstacle. Here are a three tips:
Right now, after you read this blog, start at step 1 - pick one task that you have been putting off and work on it for 15 minutes. You will thank me!
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