Why Do We Procrastinate?

Why Do We Procrastinate?

Sometimes, procrastination is based on fear. We don’t do what we want to…

or think that we should, because we are afraid of failure, afraid of how much work it will be or have other fears.

Consider an aspiring musician. He or she knows that in order to be as good as some of their favourite musicians, they need to put in an hour or two of practice every single day. They might start strong, practising two or three hours a day for the first few days…

but then they begin to see that they are nowhere near the level that they want to be (even though they are just beginning) and begin to fear that they will never get to that level and will instead have wasted half of their life practising.

This fear pervades their thoughts and eventually, practice time gets shorter or less frequent, and they stop practising entirely. In other cases, we procrastinate because we are simply feeling lazy.

It is a lot of work to accomplish something great, and even though most of us want to do exactly that, the work seems insurmountable.

You might have convinced yourself that doing X will result in Y, but just aren’t taking the steps to do it. Laziness is almost never the sole reason that we don’t accomplish our goals, but it does factor in.

We also procrastinate because there are plenty of small, fun tasks that can be done during the day. For example, if you wanted to write a novel, and you were planning to write 1000 words, you might do small tasks that seem more appealing instead…

such as naming your characters, creating backstories for them, or drawing a diagram of the town that you are setting your novel in. This stuff does have its time, but its time is not when you have decided to write 1000 words on your novel.

More ideas for reaching your goals. Once you understand the process and have worked your way through a single goal, you will have no difficulty doing it with the other goals in your life.

There is an easy way and a hard way

You know in movies how the villain always asks the hero whether he wants the easy way or the hard way? In other words, does the hero want to come quietly or does he want to fight his way through, taking more time and expending more energy. For some reason, the hero always chooses the hard way, but you don’t have to do that here.

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