Beat Procrastination by Managing Your Emotions

Beat Procrastination by Managing Your Emotions

Lately, with the sheer amount of work I’ve put on my own plate, and take full responsibility for, I’ve found myself procrastinating more than I’d like to admit.

Procrastination – the thing we all love to hate but can’t avoid…until now!

Turns out, what has always been viewed as another form of laziness or perfection (depending on which side of the coin you place yourself), actually has nothing to do with time management at all!

After reading a fantastic NYTimes article, it appears it’s not about time management but emotions management – which is something we as humans can definitely work on controlling.

Here’s what the article quotes:

“A 2013 study, Dr. Pychyl and Dr. Sirois found that procrastination can be understood as “the primacy of short-term mood repair … over the longer-term pursuit of intended actions.”

Put simply, procrastination is about being more focused on “the immediate urgency of managing negative moods” than getting on with the task, Dr. Sirois said.”

This makes so much sense to me. We feel bad when we procrastinate, but because we often procrastinate by getting something else done, that’s not priority but is useful, we temporarily feel better.

Until we return to the shite feelings of still being behind, stressed, anxious, self-doubt and even more horrible emotions that procrastination briefly took us away from.

Before we know it, we get stuck in an endless chronic cycle of rewarding those bad feelings through the habit of procrastination.  

There is an alternative, six in fact, and I think you’re going to like them and by the end of this podcast, even implement them, rather than procrastinating right?!

In this episode I share with you:

  • Why you’re not a lazy person even if you procrastinate
  • Why procrastination is not a time management problem, but an emotions management one
  • The real reason we procrastinate and how to break the chronic cycle
  • How to rewire our brain to a Bigger Better Offer than the reward of procrastination
  • Six positive ways to beat procrastination

Resources

Read this NYTimes article: Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control) 

Short video by Mel Robbins: The reason you procrastinate (It’s not what you think) 

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