I have always been a procrastinator. But, I don't procrastinate for everything.
I wrote every school paper the morning it was due. Any party or get together I've ever thrown was fully planned minimum a week before the date. Cleaning the house for company is a scramble to finish before anyone arrives. Packing for trips, always last minute. My nephew's birthday is this month. I got party details yesterday. Within 30 minutes, I already knew how I'm doing the cake & what food we're serving, & the theme (fishes).
Maybe you're thinking "Everybody procrastinates. How does this help me?"
Procrastination tells you a lot of things. It can show you what you're aligned with. It gives you an emotion you're depending on. It will tell you what to delegate. It will highlight your strengths. You just have to dig a little.
Make a list of the things you procrastinate.
For each item list 2-3 reasons you put it off.
Is it because you hate doing it? (That's laundry for me)
Is it because it's so easy for you, you figure you'll have plenty of time? Next thing you know the deadline is HERE!
Maybe you're hoping someone will do it for you?
Or it's the feeling you get from knocking it out last minute? (Look how amazing I am! An adrenaline rush. You get to be the victim aka no one helps me)
Now use what you've learned.
I'm not going to tell you to set a false deadline, because that shit doesn't work! I've tried that advice. You know it's not real, so it's no big deal when it passes.
The stuff you procrastinate because you hate doing it, you're not good at it, or it's not a strength. Delegate that shit. There is nothing wrong with getting help.
The stuff you put off because it's easy or one of your strengths. Move it up in your plan. Multi-task while doing it. Do it while waiting for another component.
Maybe procrastinating triggers a feeling you want. Praise for how you managed to get it done in time with so many other things on your plate. A sense of accomplishment. Pride. A memory. An adrenaline rush.
If procrastinating doesn't bother you, KEEP DOING IT!
I always wrote my papers last minute because when I did it that way, the words would just come to me. It was easier. I like that I can't overthink. I still do this. I write my emails right before I send them. I wrote my whole website in 1 day.
Let your procrastination work for you.
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