Like most people, sometimes when I have a whole list of tasks to do, I’ll sometimes roll my eyes and sigh.
I know that what I have to do will eventually have to get done, but why is it so hard to get things in motion?
Well I don’t know about you, but here are a few reasons why I believe I procrastinate and some of the things I’m doing to remedy it.
1) The Task At Hand Seems Like Work
Most of the time when I know I should be doing something, in the back of my mind, I’m thinking it’s “work”. In my mind, “work” implies having to provide a lot of effort to get done and hence tendency to procrastinate.
So what do I do about it? Well obviously there are things that I’d much rather be doing – I just think of the task at hand a sort of “warm up” to what I’d rather be doing.
For example, if I’ve got to do my nightly research for the next trading day (which to me feels like work), and if I’d rather be reading, then I’ll just tell myself that my nightly research is just a precursor to my reading – so the faster I get it done, the faster I can get to reading.
Put it another way – I will reward myself with some reading once I get through my nightly research. Perhaps for you, it could be to reward yourself with some TV or with some net surfing.
2) The Task At Hand Seems Hard To Do
There have been many times I have put off doing something because I think it will be difficult to do or it will require me to figure things out. This would be especially true if it is something that I’m not 100% familiar with or things that would require me to do some investigating – doing my taxes is a classic example.
Another good example is this site. I’m not too familiar with HTML, CSS, and formatting website layouts and when it came time to work on this site, it always seemed like a struggle to get myself to do it.
But in the end, I did it. How? I just started small. If you have a task at hand, just try to accomplish something small and you’d be surprised at how easy it can sometimes be. What often will end up happening is that once you start (even if you had that initial small task in mind), how likely you are to continue working at the task and how much eventually gets accomplished.
For me and this site, it would usually start off with something like “Let’s see if I can figure out how to center the widget within the second column” – but then 4 hours later, you’d see me still working on the site AND having accomplished so much more than that small menial task.
So again – just sit down, start the task, and accomplish something small – most of the time, the task ends up being easier than what we originally thought.
3) I’m Just Too Tired To Deal With The Task At Hand
Of all the reasons I procrastinate, I think that the “I’m just too tired” excuse is my number one reason I don’t get things done. I understand that after a long day of work you just want to sit down and relax and you don’t want to think about the other pressing tasks at hand.
Usually I feel this way immediately after dinner. If you’re like me, after a meal (any meal), I start feeling a little drowsy and I feel like I just want to sit back and relax.
My solution to the problem? Either have a cup of coffee to get you going or get up and exercise for a few minutes (like go out for a walk for 15 minutes). The key thing here is just to get you up and about, to get the blood flowing so that your mind is wide awake and ready to accomplish what you have to do.
So there you have it – the top three reasons why I tend to procrastinate and what I’m doing about it. What are some of the reasons you procrastinate and what are you doing about it?
Jeff is an day trader who yearns to live the life of his dreams. He has a plan to get there and publishes articles related to his journey. Topics include goal setting, self improvement, law of attraction, travel, and personal power. For more articles, please visit “A Journey Of Dreams” at [http://www.ajourneyofdreams.com/]