Saturday, February 18, 2017

On Procrastination

A while ago I wondered why I procrastinate sometimes. Here are my reasons:

Reason 1: being overwhelmed 
I look at the house and see how much I need to do, and I rather hide from it by procrastinating than by trying to do something.
how I tackle it: not looking at the house as a whole, but at one room, or one cabinet, or one magazine basket. That way I break the gigantic task of decluttering the whole house more manageable.

Reason 2: being scared to be me 

I am a writer. I've found time and time again that I procrastinate because I am afraid to show the world that I am one.
how I tackle it: by writing anyway, and not worrying about the next steps. Writing comes first, then comes editing, then comes publishing. No use worrying about step 3 when I am in step 1.

Reason 3: being protective of my body
I have physical issues and I deal with them on a daily basis. I've found that sometimes I procrastinate because I want to shield myself from more pain (and alternatively I force myself to do things when I am in pain).
how I tackle it: I constantly pause and feel how my body is doing. This is very helpful. I have defined 3 "states" my body can be in. 
A. Feeling good, low pain levels, asthma behaves.
B. Feeling physically good but low energy. This calls for doing stuff while lying down.
C. Low energy, asthma out of whack, in pain. This calls for pampering. 
Ever since I've devised this system, I have WAY less C days. I will write more on this reason in a future blog post! 

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