Procrastination. We’re all guilty of it. Even the best of us get caught up in this time-spiralling vortex and occasionally struggle to pull ourselves out to stay focused on the task at hand.
And to be honest, I am not surprised! We are constantly getting blasted with media & marketing strategies that are designed to keep us in the “funnel”. Heck, our phones are designed to be addictive! Smart phones are the new norm, apps that are designed to “convenience us” (but result in us no longer needing to think for ourselves) and I can count a minimum of 4 different messaging services that I am required to check on the daily just to “keep on top of everything” – it’s a no wonder that we find ourselves distracted! We are always being fed information– tv at home, radio in the car, podcasts with our morning exercise, audio books when we have 5 minutes to “relax” – we never get the chance to “switch off”.
Social media has changed everything. Because everyone and everything is now so easily accessible– people use it to seek instant gratification, approval or validation from others. Our lives are no longer ours, no longer private & are constantly being shared amongst loved ones & those closest to us. We are splashed all over the internet for the world to see. We are no longer allowing ourselves the time to sit in silence with our own thoughts.
HOWEVER, that being said, I do strongly believe that procrastination is safe, self created, self sabotage strongly due to us fearing the outcome of our efforts.
I don’t believe that procrastination has anything to do with laziness – but I do strongly believe it has everything to do with subconscious self sabotage. When you are living in fear (on a subconscious level) and if you are currently struggling with believing that you are worthy of “success” whether that be in school, university, business, or just life in general, then you will naturally gravitate to “distracting” yourself. This is often caused by lack of clarity and alignment – for if we really, truly loved what we are doing and are passionate about it, then we would feel excited and driven. Nothing would get in the way of achieving the greatness that you know you are capable of.
At the end of the day, we are all human and we all at some point or another, experience similar challenges and obstacles. Whatever it is that you are setting out to do, be, achieve or become – it is OK to take some time out to care for yourself, to get distracted by your surroundings, nourish your soul and bring yourself joy. It’s all about balance. But when you do catch yourself self-sabotaging, lacking focus or getting distracted – refocus.
It’s impossible to eliminate everything that distracts us! So try to think about the big picture– remember why you are doing what you are doing, check in with yourself & try to consciously eliminate as much distraction as you can from around you. Maybe even start by scheduling your day into chunks of time, put your phone on flight mode in another room and pack snacks & a thermos so that you can eat & drink tea/coffee at your desk and you stop checking the fridge or making cups of tea every 30 minutes.
Your life should be joyful. It should hold meaning. It should bring you a level of satisfaction and fulfilment. And if it doesn’t? Well… perhaps it’s time to reassess and determine if the procrastination that you are experiencing is a habit, or if it’s your mind telling you that you really don’t enjoy what you are doing.
Take ownership of your life – set up a schedule, challenge yourself, prepare yourself for the opportunity you desire, do the things that you are passionate about, the things that your heart is yearning for & focus on why you started in the first place.
You are worthy of great things. No-one has your skills, life experience or knowledge – always remember that.
Cheers to a vibrant future!