Become an Expert Procrastinator
… and get things done!
This post is a bit tongue-in-cheek. You see, being seen as a procrastinator is considered highly undesirable and so I tend to hide this side of myself. However, we all know that whenever we push something away from us the very thing we don’t like shows up at very inappropriate moments and then does cause unpleasantness in our lives. On the other hand, when we deliberately allow an ‘undesirable’ part within us to come out to play, so-to-speak, we start working with all of who we are, and not just the ‘acceptable’ version. This increases the likelihood for a happier life and I’m all for that.
I’ll be honest with you, writing does not comes easy to me. I love being visually creative and I enjoy playing with the tech side of my online business but when it comes to writing an article, I have a tendency to procrastinate. However, it is really important to me that I enjoy creating my work. When resistance shows up, I want to find a way to transform it so my intention for an enjoyable creation process stays intact.
So, my procrastinator and I had a little chat.
I wanted to understand what was really going on because I do want to express my ideas and thoughts in writing such as this post. I observed that I’m very critical of the procrastinator in me. Let’s face it, if you are a professional project manager, having a procrastinator lurking in the shadows is not a good look!
In this video (4.04 Minutes) I share an appropriate way for my procrastinator to show up, so it is now visible and does not have to trip me up anymore.
Here’s what I noticed:‘Planning’ requires us to think BIG and at a high level.
When we are in this state we can think of all the tasks that need to be done. We go wide rather than deep. We think of blocks of tasks rather than detail. ‘Doing’ on the other hand insists that we focus on ONE task only.
It requires us to go into the detail of our work and shut out the rest of the World. You guessed it, multi-tasking is so not productive.
When we plan and execute at the same time, the ‘doer’ feels totally overwhelmed because we are aware of all the tasks we still need to complete. This is when the planner transforms into the procrastinator which is not helpful at all. So here is my tip:
Give your procrastinator an official role in your business and get things done!
Let me know if my tip works for you, and if you have another suggestion I would love to hear from you.
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