Guilty of procrastinating? There is so much stress and shame around it. You don’t have to carry all that stress and all that shame as there’s actually two types of procrastination. Today I’m going to share with you what these two types are and how you can actually shift your relationship with procrastination. Ready?
The first type of procrastination is the one that we’re most familiar with. That looks like this: You’ve got to do something. You put it off. You know you’re putting it off. You know you have to do it. You tell yourself you got to do it and then you put it off again. You feel bad about putting it off, and then you feel bad about feeling bad that you put it off. That’s called suffering procrastination because it’s all going on in your mind and the reality is it’s still not getting done. Can you relate?
The second type of procrastination may be a little bit controversial. I’m actually going to encourage you to procrastinate, but do it mindfully. This is called mindful procrastination. This is approaching a task with a mindset of, “When does it need to get done?” and realistically, “How long or how far can I procrastinate until I have to do it?” This is basically putting things off to the last minute until you can actually schedule yourself some time closer to the deadline and then actually get it done. Now, again, this may be controversial, but it sure will save you a whole lot of stress and a lot of that mental activity that you could use to do other things or create different strategies to grow yourself and your business.
First, write down all the things that you’re procrastinating on right this moment. It could be five things. It could be 10 things. Then take a look at what can you absolutely commit to doing this week? What are one of two things you can commit to doing this week? For all the rest, schedule yourself some time that is reasonable and realistic, two weeks, three weeks, four weeks out and put them on your calendar. That way you don’t have to think about it and when it comes time to do them, you’ll just do them. There you go. You just mindfully procrastinated. You’re getting things done and you don’t feel bad about it. Sounds like a winner to me.
If this is hitting home for you and you’d like to chat about what’s really going on in your business, I invite you to schedule a 30-minute clarity call with me here.