Procrastination leads to stress. When you know you need to finish a task yet fail to take action toward that end you wind up increasing your stress level.
You may think that out-of-site is out-of mind. However, your subconscious mind knows that you are not doing what you need to do. Your conscious mind knows it too, even when you try to hide that information from yourself.
Rather than run the risk of impairing your health you can develop an action plan to change your habit of procrastinating into one of producing desired results.
Realize your procrastination reflects a habit. Part of that habit may be fear. If you put off attempting to reach a goal you are not certain you can attain then putting off any attempts give you a false sense of hope.
So long as you do not make an honest effort then you will not lose your dream.
What if you attempt to reach that goal and your doubt and fear prevent you from succeeding? You tell yourself your dream was crushed and cannot ever happen.
Now you find yourself hopeless with nothing to look forward to. Talk about a major stressor. What do you do with your life now that the dream no longer exists for you?
Who wouldn’t procrastinate coming from such a stressful place of fear?
Maybe you put off starting tasks because you bought into the popular thought form that a little stress is good for you and is the best motivator. That is a myth. Stress is unhealthy no matter what circumstance creates it.
Sometimes you procrastinate because you really do not know how to tackle what seems to be an overwhelming task. You have two choices when you feel that way. First you can ask someone else who already did what you want to do for help or guidance. Second, you can create small steps to make the job doable a bit at a time.
I used to have that problem. I looked at the end point I wanted to realize. But I didn’t know how to work backwards to discover each step I needed to take to reach that place.
What do I mean by work backward? See yourself finishing up that formidable task. What is the very last thing you did to achieve that result?
Okay, once you know that next-to-last step ask what step would have to be done immediately before the recorded one for that recoded step to happen? Keep working backwards. You are, in fact, creating your action plan.
When you get to the beginning simply begin it – your plan, that is.