- Book: The now habit
Procrastination: Anxiety associated with starting or finishing a task
We procrastinate due to perfectionism and our many fears
- The fear of being overwhelmed
- Fear of failure
- Fear of finishing
It’s a coping mechanism for fear of our worth being judged
Procrastination gives us temporary relief through:
- resisting pressure from authorities
- preventing fear of failure through providing an excuse
- preventing fear of success through increased expectations
After procrastinating, we lose time and get further time pressure thus creating a negative feedback loop.
- Fear then becomes the motivation to get things done.
Use mental tricks and guards to push through procrastination
- Ex: Mental trick from running: Takes work to break. Takes work to continue. Might as well continue.
- Be on guard to prevent preparation turning into procrastination
- Congratulate yourself that you started. No more “Should be finished”.
The anxiety of being overwhelmed steers you towards procrastination
- It’s the anxiety to go from where you are to where you should be
- Prepare for the worst. This removes anxiety and allows you the strength to not worry
- Often there are 3 components to this:
- Book: The now habit,