A while ago I wondered why I procrastinate sometimes. Here are my reasons:
Reason 1: being overwhelmed
I look at the house and see how much I need to do, and I rather hide from it by procrastinating than by trying to do something.
how I tackle it: not looking at the house as a whole, but at one room, or one cabinet, or one magazine basket. That way I break the gigantic task of decluttering the whole house more manageable.
Reason 2: being scared to be me
I am a writer. I’ve found time and time again that I procrastinate because I am afraid to show the world that I am one.
how I tackle it: by writing anyway, and not worrying about the next steps. Writing comes first, then comes editing, then comes publishing. No use worrying about step 3 when I am in step 1.
Reason 3: being protective of my body
I have physical issues and I deal with them on a daily basis. I’ve found that sometimes I procrastinate because I want to shield myself from more pain (and alternatively I force myself to do things when I am in pain).
how I tackle it:
I constantly pause and feel how my body is doing. This is very helpful. I have defined 3 “states” my body can be in.
A. Feeling good, low pain levels, asthma behaves.
B Feeling physically good but low energy. This calls for doing stuff while lying down.
C Low energy, asthma out of whack, in pain. This calls for pampering.
Ever since I’ve devised this system, I have WAY less C days. I will write more on this reason in a future blog post!