Still on Procrastination! I have got the CURE!
No matter the endless scenario in which you could procrastinate, the reason why you put off any attempt to take action is simply this:
You believe that taking action will cause more pain than not taking action.
The three main reasons that tend to cause almost all procrastination are:
Fear – you feel like taking action could be dangerous
Stress – you feel like a different activity would be more enjoyable or less frustrating
Fatigue – you feel like you don’t have enough energy to take on the task at hand
The first step in conquering your procrastination is to understand what the root cause is and to own that emotion. (Which we know now, so we can cross that off our list.) The typical solution for procrastination — essentially, “stop procrastinating and start working,” is ridiculous.
Here is a simple tip that can help – forgive yourself for procrastinating.
The reason this works is because procrastination is linked to negative feelings, and the act of forgiving yourself reduces the guilt you feel about procrastinating. If you can reduce the guilt, you take away a trigger that starts the procrastination loop in the first place.
Your laziness is probably linked to your procrastination, so if you start with forgiving yourself, it should help with that. But something you can do to overcome laziness is to follow what I call the 1-minute rule.
Most of the tasks that you procrastinate on aren’t actually difficult to do — you have the talent and skills to accomplish them — you just avoid starting them for one reason or another.
The 1–Minute Rule overcomes procrastination and laziness by making it so easy to start taking action that you can’t say no.
There are two parts to the 1–Minute Rule:
If it takes less than one minutes, then do it now.
When you start a new habit, it should take less than one minutes to do.
As Sir Isaac Newton taught us, objects at rest tend to stay at rest and objects in motion tend to stay in motion. The 1–Minute Rule works for goals because it overcomes the inertia of “staying at rest”.
Once you start doing something, it’s easier to continue doing it. I love the 1–Minute Rule because it embraces the idea that all sorts of good things happen once you get started.