Sometimes it can take you all day — or even several days — to get nothing done. Well, mastery requires consistency!
Do you know any person who has never procrastinated? Procrastination is a fact of life. It seems like we humans have this “bug” in our inner system.
But do you know the cost of procrastination? Time and pain. It is more painful to be a procrastinator than to simply do the work. It’s better to make an effort and use all your courage and energy while getting things done, rather than to feel guilty and anxious while constantly procrastinating.
Don’t fight procrastination — this is actually not the issue. Think about procrastination not as a problem, but as a solution. Think of it as a sign that your wise mind gives you in response to the need to take action. Getting started is the only thing in the world that matters. Your task is to make your start as easy and as comfortable as possible. Once you start doing something, it’s easier to continue doing it. Just focus on doing only 30 seconds of the task, not the whole task. Just start, and the rest will flow.
Don’t wait for conditions to be perfect to get started. If you’re working on something meaningful — starting a business, losing weight, or writing a book, for example — then you’ll never feel ready. As a rule, people feel unprepared and unqualified. But you must believe you already have everything you need to start (and to keep going). What you have right now is enough. And as you start, you’ll discover any additional resources you need.
Don’t cry out before you are hurt. Studies reveal cognitive and emotional aspects of procrastination. People procrastinate when they overestimate the time needed to complete a task, the steps needed to complete a task, the expected quality of the completed task, or the task evaluation result.
Putting it off doesn’t make it go away. Getting it done does.— Ned Hallowell, Driven to Distraction