Everyone procrastinates, at least occasionally. But it's a bigger problem for some than for others. Indeed, I believe it's not always a bad thing. Let's say you can't focus on your top-priority task no matter how hard you try. So you set it aside temporarily and do a few other things. Then you return to it, and everything clicks into place. This happens when a person just needs a little time to let ideas gel in the back of the mind.
However, too often, procrastination means avoidance, not a rejuvenating pause, and it interferes with attaining life-long goals.
Some experts say to overcome procrastination, you must gain awareness of what triggers it and identify the root causes. I agree that knowing what triggers procrastination is important. I'm not convinced about identifying root causes, though, because while getting to the bottom of any detrimental behavior can be enormously helpful, it's usually a long-term process that requires professional help. Thus, anyone who chooses to dig into this must, at the same time, take remedial actions. Without that, stagnation will likely result.
So, when endeavoring to stop delaying important actions (whether delving into root causes or not) here are useful steps to take:
So, next time negative emotions and thoughts interfere with your ability to do something that matters greatly to you, it's OK to take a little break if you've been pushing hard and have hit a wall. Then take one small step, then another and another—and leave procrastination in the dustbin.
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