I have been a procrastinator my entire life… doing everything we tend to do, struggling with everything we are famous for.
Here are three major learnings I would like to share:
1. … is THE thief of time.
Meaning that it procrastinating definitely is the worst way to spend your most precious resource. Hanging round the house because there is still homework to do… not doing it until late night… simply does not make any sense.
Constantly procrastinating probably is the only sure way not to be successful.
This clip sums it up perfectly:
2. You can get a lot done by avoiding doing something
Procrastination - “the denial of work” - does not automatically mean to WASTE time frees energy and creates results!
It sound totally weird but while you do something in order to deny work you can actually get a lot of other useful stuff done.
… review your numbers and tracking
… call someone you should talk to (more)
… reorganize your calendar to be prepared for everything next week
… sit with your strategy team and check the course of your enterprise
… clean your desk/ optimize your processes
… plan your next move (marketing activities, sales pitches, hiring someone, …)
If you can’t help to procrastinate… try to use the time for something that at least contributes to your success somehow…
3. Your inner procrastinator is wise
Believe it or not - but the feeling that makes you procrastinate is a perfect compass.
By an unknown reason your inner procrastinator always seems to know what really matters. It is very much likely that it is this awareness what creates the unpleasant feeling inside.
But it also works the other way around: this feeling reliably flags what to care about.
It tells you clearly and precisely the one thing to do.
PS: With these three thoughts in mind I was able to accept being a procrastinator… and to make the absolute best of it.