Do you tend to beat yourself up because you procrastinate?
If you do, you should realize that procrastination isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
I’m a freelance writer and a writing coach. The other day I was talking to another author about procrastination. We both agreed that many times we put off a big writing project because it’s almost too scary to even get started. But, once we do get started on the project, it is almost never as scary or difficult as we had imagined it would be.
I also said that, for me, many times I put off starting a project because I KNOW the intense concentration and focus it will require of me once I do get started. And I just have to clear out a lot of other “stuff” in my life before I’m able to sit down and fully focus on that big project. Once I do get everything else cleared away, though, usually the writing goes well and I actually enjoy the big project I’ve been putting off.
If you’ve been procrastinating – and beating yourself up because of it – realize that you just might be procrastinating for the same reason I do when I have a big writing project to do. You may be waiting until you’re able to intensely focus on that one big project, whether that big project is writing a book or cleaning out your house so you can have a huge garage sale.
But here’s the thing. Now that you know WHY you’ve been procrastinating, sit down and figure out what you need to clear away in your life so you CAN start that big project ASAP.
P.S. We can all use a little “nudge” to get started now and then. Get more tips to help you tackle the big projects in your life by getting your free subscription to The Morning Nudge.