Inside The Mind Of A Master Procrastinator
Here is an interesting challenge for you. Have you ever wondered what’s inside the mind of a master procrastinator?
What does the procrastinator tell himself to get out of work, stop what he’s doing, or not even start the objective or task?
Well, you need to ponder no more.
Here are the top 5 lies that procrastinators tell themselves. And the terrible thing is, they have said those lies to themselves so often that they believe them. They have made those lies their living reality.
I call these lies the ‘No Worries’ excuses:
Lie #1: No worries, I’ve got plenty of time to get this done. Heck, it’s only Wednesday. No big deal. The thing they tend to forget is that time catches up on them fairly quickly and they forget that there are other bits of work that need to get done as well as those that are added to what they already have.
Lie #2: No worries, that’ll get done in an hour or maybe less. I’ll start this just before it’s home time. What the procrastinator hasn’t done is accurately thought the task out, for more than likely he could have mistimed it and it could take him 2 to 3 hours to complete. They seem to underestimate how long certain tasks take.
Lie #3: No worries, all I need is a good night’s sleep and I’ll be ready and fresh to tackle it in the morning. By putting it aside for the next day, who says they’re going to feel more enthusiastic to get it done? Chances are if they are not taking action there and then they will probably feel the same the following day.
Lie #4: No worries, if I do it, it will be great. Otherwise, I’m not going to do it. Either I’ll do it my way, or I won’t even bother.
Lie #5: No worries, I don’t really feel like working on it, but it’ll still get done. In most cases, when you’re not in the mood that will show in your work. Not feeling in the mood truly wastes time, and the work never gets done.
Here’s the thing. Procrastinators should face reality and ought to refrain from lying to themselves. It gets them nowhere, or at least it does not carry them to where they want to be.
As I said, some procrastinators actually believe the lies they have been telling themselves over some time, so much so that they believe that it’s their reality; that’s the way things are, that’s the way things are meant to be.
In truth, they made that their perceived reality, and they are losing in the long run.
Those who procrastinate, and those who do not take consistent and relevant action need to get into the habit of changing their way of thinking, and the first step in doing so is to recognise, and be aware, that they are procrastinators and this is not doing them any good.
Not now and not in the future.
They need to take action to turn themselves into action-oriented achievers.