First of all, not all of us have to-do lists.
Second, sometimes we add tasks just to tick them off.
Third, we don’t dare to add tasks that we (somewhere deep down) know, we won’t do.
But that is not because we are lazy.
There are a lot of reasons why we build castles in the air but take forever to start a task.
Reasons why we procrastinate:
- Low self-esteem.
- lack of structure.
- Lack of motivation.
- Habitual rumination.
- Perfectionist attitude.
Procrastinators value personal enjoyment more highly than others do.
Sometimes they procrastinate because they think that they might not enjoy the process and so it’s better not to start.
Procrastination is a self-defeating behaviour pattern.
Procrastination, avoidance, and rumination are all common symptoms of depression.
So what’s it that one needs to do to add and tick off things on to-do list.
- Take a deep breath and write it down before you lose courage to do so.
- Give yourself a dead line that’s not immediate but allows you a little time to think about it.
- Write down the good things that can happen if you do that particular task.
Example: Task: I need to clean my room.
In this case think how nice it will be when the room is cleaned. How good it will smell and how organised it will look.
Then without giving yourself too much time to think, start doing it.
Example 2: I want to write a book.
Give yourself a deadline: I want to finish the book in 6months/ 1 year.
Give yourself one month to romanticise the idea and then one day pick up courage and start.
Write down all the good things that will happen when you start writing:
- You will get better at writing.
- You will feel productive.
- You will be one step closer to your end goal.
- You will have one permanent task on your daily to-do list and you will feel a sense of achievement when you tick it off.
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So, what’s that one thing that I’m putting off?
Building my JOMO box. I think, as I put this out for you all, it will give me enough motivation to start. Till then, check out my 21 days of Project JOMO.