We've all tuned into The Procrastination Station at one time or another. Some of us tune in quite regularly and live our lives never having achieved success. Me? Well, I tune in on occasion too and the past few weeks have been one of those rare times ...
if you'd rather be napping than working, you've tuned into the procrastination station
What sort of music does The Procrastination Station play ? Melancholy stuff: a little sad, a little wistful. Music that reminds us we should be doing something but, hey, that's ok listener, chill out and let your focus go.
"You could stare out of the window for a while? Maybe a nice little nap?"
Procrastination comes in all shapes and sizes but in a nutshell it's "a state of mind that stops you from moving forward with a particular decision, event or project by easily distracting you with unimportant and/or unproductive tasks."
And there are a million and one different unimportant or unproductive tasks that you can choose from aren't there? But even though you know you should be doing something important, you still do them and it makes you feel worse and worse until, like me, you start getting pissed off with yourself and you have to do something about it before you scream!
The most important thing you need to do is identify why you're procrastinating because you already know what about. You can do this by having a conversation. If it's a business task then talk to another business person about it. If it's personal then a good friend or family member will suffice.
"My recent procrastination was to do with finishing my new product!"
I've worked really hard on it over the past few weeks but knowing that I've nearly completed it means that, in the very near future, I'm going to be editing more blog posts every day!
I already feel that I am at the limit of my editing time. Unconsciously, I guess I don't want to take on any more and finishing my new product will mean that I will have at least one or two more edits to do per day; pushing me out of my comfort zone.
So, my procrastination comes from my unconscious mind saying "hey, you're already working at your limit, I don't want to take on any more clients thanks, as it'll mean even more work!" and that is a very valid opinion from that part of my mind so I continued to listen to the melancholy tunes of The Procrastination Station and distract myself by playing with a laser pointer and driving my kittens so crazy that they fall of the sofa chasing it around my office.
However, there is a simple solution thankfully. In my case, I shall continue training up my new editor so that she can take some of the workload off me and I can even reduce the amount of editing I do each day. And there's the benefit I needed to identify.
"I couldn't see the benefits until I had that conversation with a business friend of mine!"
Once you identify that you are procrastinating about something, the way to open that particular conversation is with the words "I feel I'm procrastinating and it's beginning to annoy me". The immediate response from you friend, colleague, coach or business peer will be "what about?" That's the start of your journey of discovery, isn't it?
The four stages of that journey are:
What am I procrastinating about?
Why am I procrastinating about it?
How do I solve it and move forward?
When will I do it by?
My journey is this: "I am procrastinating about finishing my new product because it means more work once it's released. The solution is to continue training up my new editor so she can take some of the workload off me and I will start this week." See how the four stages are all mentioned? Simple hey?
I worked through this with a good friend of mine late last week and I've given myself the weekend off to let it settle in and see what my unconscious mind thinks of the solution. So far it seems Ok with it (I'm no longer pissed off with myself!) and I will put my plan into action as of Monday.
"So what are you procrastinating about then?"
What project do you need to complete? What decision have you got to make? What have you got to do that you don't want to do? What are you putting off time and time again? Talk to someone you trust then switch off The Procrastination Station and tune into something more upbeat.
I'm a web designing, blog editing, article writing, email sending, social media savvy photographer and videographer type of girl, with over 21 years in the creative industries.
I've worked as a professional photographer in Los Angeles, USA and been a vision-mixer and producer for live television in my time. I also offer photography and video services to my clients.
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