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Why Do I Procrastinate So Badly?


Issue #1: Why Do I Procrastinate So Badly? 

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. – Don Marquis

Hi friend,

So why do I procrastinate so badly? and how do I stop procrastinating?

Let’s get to it….

There are many reasons we procrastinate or many reasons we think is why we procrastinate.

It might be that you think you’re not prepared to do the task or you’re overconfident in doing the job. The fact is these might not be the reasons why at all.

(Click here to see some tools to help you stop procrastinating)

Here is one of the main reasons we procrastinate:

You’re not motivated because you underestimate the power of your present emotions as compared to what your future emotions will be when you set your goals or made your task list.

We tend to put off things that are farther off in the future because we don’t connect with the task. We don’t anticipate the pain we’ll feel having to stress and work through the night to finish the task in the future.

Visualize your future self.

Instead, if you visualize your future self and focus on the pain of putting things off, you’ll motivate yourself to start the task now.

Take some time to vividly imagine how you will feel once you’ve completed the task or achieved your goal. Connect emotionally with the satisfaction, relief, and pride that you’ll experience.

By making these future emotions more tangible and real, you can increase your motivation to start working now.

Think of your project deadline differently.

For example, you have a project due in 2 months. Instead, think of it as less than 60 days because you’re not working weekends and you have two days each week filled with meetings. That means you’d only have 28 days to finish the project.

That puts a new perspective on the time frame.

Often, the magnitude of a task can overwhelm us, leading to procrastination.

Break down your goals.

Break down your goals or tasks into smaller, manageable steps. Focus on completing one step at a time, and celebrate each small victory along the way. This approach makes the task feel less daunting and helps to build momentum.

As you go through your week, remember that each small step you take today is a victory over procrastination. By staying mindful of the present and visualizing the future impact of your actions, you can transform daunting tasks into manageable milestones. I hope this helps you think of how to stop procrastinating right now.

Embrace the challenge and start now—your future self will thank you.

Sending you warm thoughts for a productive week, 

Vera JM Friesen 

P.S. Thank you for joining me on this journey from procrastinating to finally being productive. You will receive an email from me every Monday that you can read inside your inbox or here on the blog.

(Click here to see some tools to help you stop procrastinating)



Vera JM Friesen

I'm obsessed with personal growth and overcoming anything that stands in my way. I hope to help many people by sharing insights and tools to overcome procrastination.

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