Top Procrastination Temptations that Kill Your Dreams
Procrastination. The vehicle of resistance, fear and self-sabotage that comforts us with familiarity and artfully disguised stagnation.
What are you procrastinating on? Here are 9 alluring procrastination temptations to be weary of:
1. Over Learning. Super sneaky temptation that lures you in with its initial necessity and then grabs you by the scholastic handcuffs trapping you in the books instead of out in the world taking action like you should be. Learn what you need to learn to start taking actions. Then stop learning and start taking said actions. The best learning is done while doing. Over-learning is nothing more than procrastination disguised as false progress.
2. Not Setting Deadlines. You’re the boss of your dreams. Any normal boss would give tight deadlines. You’d bitch about them and grunt, but you’d power through and get it done in time. Being the boss of your own dreams is not easy. But without deadlines, dreams linger, becoming stale, lose steam, and before you know it, they’re not dreams anymore. Don’t confuse a change of heart with being a bad boss. “If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.” Tony Gaskins
3. Shiny Object Syndrome. A new idea, a new program, a new how-to book, a new answer to all our prayers, many new dreams… Oh to go back to the days when all we had was a calligraphy pen and a few sheets of paper. The information age and accessibility to all things bright and beautiful make it incredibly difficult to focus on just one dream until completion. And so we spread thin, over-commit and overflow. Perhaps simplicity should be the only shiny object we allow ourselves to get mesmerized by.
4. Email, Email, Email. A sneaky time sucker that again makes you feel like you’re working (when we both know you’re not). If you get hundreds of emails a day like I seem to you could spend hours in your inbox if you’re not careful. And if you’re a people pleaser like myself, you feel compelled to answer emails as soon as they come in. Stop yourself. They can wait. Accomplish your goals first. Rule your inbox don’t let it rule you.