Is your procrastination habit trying to tell you something?

We're all guilty of procrastinating from time to time. Even here at the Expertrain office, it sometimes seems like there are so many social media distractions that the work will never be done! How many cute animal videos are you going to watch this morning before you finally get on with that project that's due by the end of today? Often we procrastinate because starting anything, from a workout to a work project, is the hardest part! How many times have you sat down to work on something and found it wasn't nearly as bad as you expected, once you got going? Yup, us too!

But stop right there - is your procrastination really the enemy, or is it actually your intuition trying to guide you away from the things that aren't really important to you and towards your goals? It's too easy to dismiss procrastination as wasting time - and sometimes it is just that - but we've got three questions you can ask yourself that will determine whether you're just guilty of self-sabotage or whether your procrastination is your intuition in disguise!

#1. Are you distracted by anything and everyting?

Cute animal videos, celebrity news stories, random links to obscure web pages - these are the types of things that could be distracting you from your work or latest project. Let's say you're trying to write an Ebook - you have all the information you need to sit down and start writing. So why do you keep procrastinating?

Perhaps your intuition is trying to tell you something. Maybe you don't feel ready to write just yet and you feel like you should take a course first. Or perhaps you're secretly afraid of rejection and the idea of people criticising your work. Working on these inner fears and concerns can help you to move forward and stop procrastinating. In this case, your procrastination isn't resistance, it's your intuition guiding you to address problems that stand in your way.

Working on your self-confidence and writing skills could help you to finish your book and achieve your goal - and you can apply this to anything you are procrastinating over. If you're distracted by anything and everything, ask yourself if there is anything you could do to make your goal more attainable.

#2. Is the research easy but taking action hard?

Sometimes the research part of a project can be the simple part - you're excited to learn more and everything seems fresh and new. But when it comes to putting what you have learned into action, whether that's setting up your own business or writing an essay, you could find yourself wasting time and struggling to motivate yourself! Don't beat yourself up - you're not lazy and there is no one 'right way' to do things.

Just because your friend set up their business by doing things in a certain way doesn't mean you need to follow their path. Even if you're just writing an essay for college or university, do things at your own pace and in the way which feels easiest to you. So ifyou find it easier to break your reserach into smaller chunks interspersed with writing, then do that! It could be that you're procrastinating because the way you have been told to do things isn't working for you - and your intuition knows it!

#3. Do you only procrastinate during certain projects?

Say you're working on a number of different tasks or studying a couple of subjects at university. Do you only procrastinate over specific tasks or subjects? If you're up all night studying for your English exam and enjoying the research but procrastinate over your history studies, leaving them until the very last minute, it could be that you don't really want to study the subject, even if you know it will lead to a good job in future.

Or perhaps you're working in a job which you hope will let you work your way up to better things, but which you really don't enjoy. If you're guilty of procrastinating over things you feel you must do - but don't really want to do - in order to reach a goal, it could be that your procrastination is actually your gut instinct telling you that there's another way to achieve your desired goal. Think about your wants vs your needs and see what you can change to make yourself happier!

We're not saying that procrastination is always a good thing - just that if it happens to you regularly, you might want to consider why you feel that way and if there are any changes you can make to prevent yourself wasting time in future.


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Author By Paula Beaton
Date On 15th Sep 2015 at 11:36
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