Yes, I know it sounds a bit cliche, and maybe it is. But with everything that has happened over the last couple of years, I’ve decided to kick my horrible procrastination habit once and for all.
It’s been an ongoing problem for me since God knows when, especially when I was in high school and didn’t know how to approach an assignment, no matter how much the teachers explained.
Then I wouldn’t do it, which gave me great anxiety in class, followed by my mom yelling at me for not doing the work when we had our end-of-semester meetings. I still cringe when I think about it.
Yeah, those were the good old days.
College wasn’t much better, but at least I was an adult, so my mistakes and money were mine.
However, when life as we knew it came to an end in 2020, I decided it was time for me to stop pushing back my responsibilities and to just do the work, fun times, or passions that called to me.
At first, it was hard. I knew I had stuff to do, but I’d either do nothing or do productive procrastination, which is doing less relevant activities to avoid the big things while tricking yourself into believing you’ve actually accomplished something.
But then I started tackling my problem head-on, beginning with a twenty-eight-day email course teaching different ways to beat your procrastination.
It teaches you what the different types of procrastination are, why people do it, and techniques and hacks to overcome it.
I found it quite insightful and easy to implement. If only I could remember the name.
I also read a few self-help books, including Atomic Habits by James Clear. (I’m sure you’ve at least heard about it by now.) He talks about the importance of the 1% when establishing new routines and breaking old ones.
The main sections of the book are The Fundamentals: Why Tiny Changes Make a Big Difference, : Make is Obvious, : Make it Attractive, : Make it Easy, and : Make it Satisfying.