Guide to Recognizing and Overcoming Procrastination

 Happy Monday, my Beautiful Friends. 

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us get up and go to work.” – Stephen King.

Honestly, I struggle with procrastination; as much as I want to be this overachiever and goal orientated person, procrastination takes over. I procrastinate because I am scared that I am not going to be good enough. I get afraid that if I do it and fail, then everyone will judge me for it. BUT, I don’t fail by doing things wrong. I fail by not learning from my mistakes. If I don’t do it in the first place, that is where I fail because it is better to do, fail, and learn from the experience than not try in the first place.

We all know that we would be more accomplished if we didn’t procrastinate, so let’s talk about this fear of failure, this lack of motivation, and come up with some strategies to help us overcome our most challenging days of procrastination. 

What is Fear of Failure? 

This is the feeling you get when you want to do a fantastic job on something, but you have no ambition to get started because you either consciously or subconsciously don’t think you are good enough to achieve the task. It can be mentally, physically, and emotionally draining to your body to have these conscious or subconscious thoughts.

How do I Overcome my Fear of Failure? 

Your fear of failure is a process that you have engraved in your mind, whether you believe you are an impostor or just not good enough. You need to develop a better mindset encouraging your productivity and your self-support. You are good enough. Everyone is good enough to learn. You just have to be willing to put in the effort to learn, and you need to believe in yourself. You are never going to accomplish anything if you always say that you can’t do it. You can. You just need to try. 

How do I Regain my Motivation After I Have Lost It?

Regaining your motivation is a lot easier than you think. All you have to do is do. Let’s be honest. Motivation is not easy most of the time, especially if it is something that you are not eager to do.

So, let’s change our mindsets on our challenges if your attitude is hostile towards the activity that will constantly tell your body that you don’t want to do it. So, find a way to tell your body that you want to do this activity. Remind your body, mind, emotions that you want to do it. Think about the exciting and positive things that come out of this activity, task, or goal.

Reward yourself for your accomplishments. Don’t think of this reward as something big, like if I go to the gym every day for a week, I can buy myself a whole new workout wardrobe. Think of it as small things. If I get up and drive to the gym, then I can listen to my favourite podcast on my way home. Don’t give yourself financial rewards because you can get carried away with these. Give yourself motivational rewards. 

Another example that I am experiencing today is that if I get my four larger tasks done today, I get to watch a movie tonight before I go to bed. It seems simple, but it can have a significant impact. Have you ever noticed that your house will never be cleaned faster and more efficiently than when someone texts you saying they are coming over? This is because you have that social and enjoyable motivation. You know that you have a time limit, so you complete it in that time to enjoy your time with your friends. 

What Are Some Tricks to Overcoming Procrastination?

I always go out of my way to mention this book because I think it is a fantastic example of overcoming procrastination: The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. Jessica and I did a blog post on this book. It has had an impact on my life and my motivation. I still recommend reading the book, but to summarize it, it takes your body 5 Seconds to lose motivation for something when you initially get inspired to do it, so you count down, and by the end of the 5 Seconds, you need to be starting your task. You can check out more about the book in our post: https://gracefulgratefulandgutsy.com/2020/10/01/it-only-takes-5-seconds/

I find the 5 Second Rule impacted my motivation to get out of bed in the morning the most which moving on to my following advice, start your day off right. Starting your morning off accomplished can motivate you not to procrastinate for the rest of the day. I know it can be challenging, but don’t hit snooze. You can do it.

Last, my most successful thing I have added into my life to help with procrastination is SPRINTS. Yes, I said it. Sprints! I do 25 minutes of work sprints with a 5-minute break. This keeps me super motivated and still gives me time to relax. I also find it makes my larger tasks seem less daunting by knowing I only have to focus on them for 25 minutes before I get a break. You can make longer or shorter sprints, but I find the 25 minutes perfect for me. Sometimes, I even watch videos of other people doing these sprints, so I feel less alone doing them. 

I hope this helps with all of your procrastination struggles, and I hope you have a wonderful week. Take care, and be graceful, grateful, and gutsy. 

-Caitlin ❤
Photo by Mathias P.R. Reding on Unsplash

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