How It Works Procrastination – How to Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done

How It Works: Procrastination


The birth of procrastination

  • Emails go unanswered – you’ll do them later

  • Paperwork piles up around you – you’ll take care of it later
  • Important projects are completed at the last minute

Why you do it

  • There are several specific reasons for procrastination, but often times it comes down to one overriding factor:
    • You don’t like the feeling of discomfort that comes from doing the task now – you’re tired, there are other things to do, you can’t do it perfectly right now, etc.
  • You fool yourself into believing that you’ll feel better (more comfortable) about doing the task later, so you put it offhow-it-works-procrastination

Putting things off creates ‘mountains’

  • When you put things off, you essentially build a ‘mountain’ in your life that you WILL eventually have to climb and overcome
  • The more – and longer – you put things off, the bigger the mountains get
  • As the mountain gets bigger, your level of discomfort about doing grows, and the mountain continues to grow – and the vicious cycle of procrastination feeds itselfhow-it-works-procrastination-1

Eventually, you have to climb the mountain

  • At some point in the future, you WILL be forced to climb the mountain you’ve created (take care of everything you’ve been putting off) – it will be hard, exhausting, and even painful
  • After climbing the mountain, a skilled procrastinator will see that everything in front of them is downhill – this is when the building of the next mountain begins
  • The cycle continues…how-it-works-procrastination-2

A better way – walking over small hills

  • There is a whole lot less discomfort in walking over small hills – just doing tasks as they need to be done
  • You will speed through life at a much faster pace and accomplish so much more!how-it-works-procrastination-3


  1. Identify an area in your life where you’re building mountains (your bills, emails, tasks around the house, etc.)
  2. Commit to eliminating that mountain, then set aside a specific time to regularly manage that part of your life more consistently
  3. Move on to eliminating a mountain in another area of your life

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