Procrastination: Pickles Are Exactly Like Porcupines

Common items in life parade around making us crazy.  But, what do we do?  We ignore the elephant in the room, whatever it is, until it becomes a true problem…a porcupine; something that can potentially harm us.

Procrastination is a total thing.  Psychology Today states that “20% of people chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions — which, unfortunately, are increasingly available.”  But, why?  Why do we procrastinate?  There are a ton of reasons.

Forbes magazine gives us five top reasons why we do:

  1. Being faced with a task we don’t want to do
  2. Something’s too easy, too difficult to do, OR too boring to do
  3. Being overwhelmed
  4. When we’re tired and/or need a break
  5. When it’s too scary

Procrastination is one of the things I have to constantly work on in myself.  Currently, I am dealing with an autoimmune illness (diagnosed last month; you can read about it here) that is kicking my butt in terms of my energy.  No energy, no writing, right?  Nope, completely wrong.  I am pushing myself to follow my plan.  I missed my publishing schedule to post yesterday.  So, I am up this morning getting it done.  And, I have #GlutenFree Banana Cranberry Muffins in the oven as a treat for myself for getting back on track!

gf banana cranberry muffin 6 7 2017

When you know what your issues are, put a plan in place for yourself so you can catch yourself before you go too far astray from what you want.  Then, reward yourself for doing that thing right when you finish the task.

Want to read more?  Here are some experts who can give you more details.

Five Tips and Skills to Manage To Manage Your Time That Actually Work (Psychology Today)

The Real Reasons You Procrastinate — And How To Stop (Huffington Post)

To Stop Procrastinating, Start By Understanding the Emotions Involved (Wall Street Journal)

Once you get to the root of your personal reason(s) why you’re procrastinating on calling your aunt/uncle/cousin/boss/best friend, you can deal with your inner demons and deal accordingly.  This way, your pickles stay crisp and tasty and the porcupines stay where they belong — out in the wilds.

Ta-ta for now,

Rochelle

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