I recently received a reader request for a post on how to beat procrastination. As soon as I read it, I thought, "you and me both, sister!" Even my kindergarteners are prone to procrastination every time they hear the phrase "clean up time!"
So, how can we beat it? First of all, it is important for us to realize that our procrastination usually comes straight out of fear. Fear of failing, or of being below standard, in some cases, even fear of finishing.
What have I been procrastinating about lately? Um, that would be job searching. It is truly the most discouraging, am I right?
I mean, I like positive results right away! Don’t you? And job searching means a LOT of hoping and a lot trying and a lot of waiting. BORRR-IIING.
So, instead of job searching every day, I settle for pinning a bunch of articles on how to job search every day (I like to think that at least I'm helping others who may not have been able to find these articles through their own Google searching). Basically the same thing, right? I love how Pinterest makes me feel productive while actually doing nothing.
It’s time to actually get out there and do it!
1. Just get started
The good news is, research shows that starting is usually the hardest part! So just do that! Jump straight in on that project that looks so daunting!
Once you get past that initial fear of how big and impossible-looking it seems, you’ll gain a clearer perspective! Who knows? Maybe you'll even get into the flow of working and you'll enjoy it!
2. Set a small goal
Maybe I can send one email to a potential school today. Maybe you could read five pages in that textbook you hate. When we look at it as just a teeny, harmless little task, it’s a lot less intimidating to take a step in the right direction!
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