I have had some delay on creating new posts and it had nothing to do with procrastination! Jason has been kind enough to do some upgrading, changing, and making my page look even better. Jason is really good at anything technology so I let him do what needs to be done. I think he has done a great job so far and he says that he is not even finished yet. So enough about that, let’s talk about procrastination.
Growing up, I believed that motivation was something that had to be felt before something was accomplished. I also heard many people being called “lazy” for procrastinating. Boy, was I wrong and so were those who called people “lazy” for procrastinating. Now that I am in my 40’s, I have found that motivation is felt only after I begin working on my activity. I rarely felt like paying bills, or mowing the lawn, or even completing a 1 hour workout but those things simply had to be done. I always felt amazing after I had finished what was on my daily list of things to do. Making myself do those things were harder than the task at hand.
While completing my Master’s, I begin to study a lot on procrastination and the reasons why people do procrastinate. The main one was that people believe they have to literally “feel” like doing the activity. If that were the case, there would be many people that would never accomplish anything. I have learned that if I want to get my workout done, I have to go down in my workout room and pick up the weights or pop in one of my DVD’s. As I am doing the workout my body starts to feel better. I begin to see where I have come from when I first began to workout. Then all kinds of hormones move through my body and I feel a sense of accomplishment.
One thing I’ve noticed since I began to move past procrastination, is that I’m not experiencing the overwhelming sense of guilt that I once had for procrastinating so much. I knew I had a paper to write for class but would out it off. This would cause me to have to write a paper at the last minute. When I got a “B” on the paper, I felt guilty and would put myself down for not making an “A.”
My procrastination mainly happened because I needed to physically “feel” like doing the activity. I have since learned that I just need to jump in and just get it done. It also helps that I write out a daily “to-do” list so that I know exactly what needs to be completed.
So now I am off to complete some of my activities for the day.
Make it a good day!