If you are (like me), then some time when you’re meant to be doing something else, can I suggest having a read of this excellent blog series by fellow-sufferer Tim Urban at Wait but Why:
- Why procrastinators procrastinate
- How to beat procrastination
- The procrastination matrix (I’ve found this post particularly helpful)
Confession time: I stumbled across Wait but Why when I was meant to be writing an assignment, but was really skimming through Facebook, where a friend had posted a link to this article on whether alien life is out there, which had nothing at all to do with what I was meant to be doing, but did let me discover the posts on procrastination which helped me acknowledge my issues…
And if you recognised anything of yourself in that confession, do read those posts above right now (or even just one of them). I’ll wait here for you.
BTW unless you are a fellow-procrastinator, you may find it hard to believe how long it has taken me to write even this short post: it’s taken me over a week of fluffing round before I even started, and now over an hour of getting distracted every second sentence. But my Pinterest boards are refreshed…
Yeah, I recognise myself all too well in those posts.
But I am determined to fight it! Especially now I have some clues about HOW to do that – thank you, Tim Urban 🙂
I will wrestle my monkey and spend more time living in Q2 and my happy playground (and if that makes no sense, go read the third post… it will be worth your time)
I will battle my Impostinator tendencies and focus myself on what is genuinely important to me (which also means getting my social approval mammoth on a tighter leash), instead of rushing round being ‘productive’ in ways that don’t matter.
Let’s see what I can do when my monkey and my mammoth are leashed! I will keep you posted on my efforts.
If you’d like to chat more about this, remember the comments section is waiting, as is Facebook. Maybe we could form a support group?!
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