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Equipped to...Get Around To It - The Perversity of Procrastination
This newsletter introduces "Getting Around To It - The Perversity Of Procrastination", a comprehensive article found on my website.
Even if your New Year’s Resolution was NOT to make any New Year’s Resolutions, most of us do feel that the start of a new year is a good time to do all those things we’ve been putting off since the middle of last year.
The truth is, though, that we shouldn’t put off important tasks or decisions until the start of a new year (or a new week, or a new month!). We should tackle high-priority tasks as soon as they crop up – whether we “feel like” doing them or not.
Here’s how to stop procrastinating and just do it!
Simply put, procrastination is putting off important tasks that you should be focussing on right now, in favour of something more pleasurable, or that you’re more comfortable doing.
It’s the age-old struggle between what we know we should do, and what we actually want to do. This battle will only be won when we recognise one irrefutable truth – want never goes away. We procrastinate because we choose want over should.
The truth is, everybody procrastinates to a lesser or greater degree. Putting off an unimportant task isn't necessarily procrastination - it may just be good prioritisation! You may be a chronic procrastinator if you regularly:
The good news is that procrastinators are made and not born. Procrastination is a learned behaviour – and what’s learned can be unlearned. The bad news is that while it's possible to change, it will take a lot of time, and you may always feel tempted to slip back into your old ways.
Here are a few things to try:
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