So what is it?
It’s the devil on your shoulder. The nagging voice in the back of your head that derides your ambitions.
EVERYBODY’S GOT IT
Procrastination doesn’t know name, face, race or sex. It attacks everybody equally and mercilessly.
Michael Phelps dealt with it so don’t for a moment think that successful swimmers aren’t afflicted with those pangs of wanting to put things off, or ease off, as well.
IT WILL COME AT YOU EVERY DAY
Here is the bad news – the agents of procrastination never completely go away. We can minimize it, lessen the volume of its voice, but it will forever be in the back of our brain, anxious for the moment to find a crack in your commitment to start sliding in those familiar refrains-
- You don’t need to finish hard.
- You’re tired, you can try your best next time.
- You don’t feel perfect today, so let’s start tomorrow.
- It’s okay, you’ll be fine if you don’t achieve XYZ goal.
- You have other things that you should get done instead.
The reality is you can not reach the goal if you don’t do the work. Show up every day and beat procrastination into submission.
HOW TO WIN THE DAILY BATTLES
Setting up routines and habits are the most powerful way to beat procrastination as though it owed you money. Habits, routines and systems take away the need to apply willpower each time you need to act.
Having those systems in place takes that never-ending “should I or shouldn’t I” argument out of the equation. So don’t be afraid to make routines for yourself.
Do you currently have systems in place for your success? Or do you wake up every day and kind of attack things as they come up?