Procrastination Might Be Telling You Something

“Sometimes the best way to finish a project is to just drop it completely.” ~ Arianna Huffington

We live in a physical, emotional, visceral reality that is constantly giving us feedback. Daunting heights warn us not to jump with abandon. Temperatures tell us whether to touch something or stay clear.

Some things are readily interpreted for our own survival. Others can be taken both ways.

Many people shy away from intensity while others are drawn to it. Intensity can be either good or bad depending on your associations. The same can be said for intimacy. It can be a negative experience, awkward at best, for people that carry pain. It can also be luxurious for those that are romantics.

What should we make of recurring procrastination? For many, it’s a signal to try harder. You have to overcome the laziness or inertia and get work done. In many cases, this is true because of consequences. If you don’t complete that assignment in a class, you have to be ok with the consequence of a failing grade.

On the other hand, what if your procrastination is within the context of a project you decided to do? Noone assigned or demanded your commitment. You volunteered and either you lost motivation or you are up against the natural resistance of the universe.

Every circumstance will be different, however, you might find a better use of your time and productivity if you take a close look at your procrastination on various projects. Have you ever considered the option of dropping projects completely very early?

There’s a lot of merit in being a hard worker who is determined. Heck, you need this to go after your goals many times.

But, if early on, or even later for that matter, you find procrastination continues to be prevalent, you can save a lot of heartache and bandwidth by declaring your work finished by dropping it completely.

It’s not waste. It’s decision making. You started your work or project with good intentions. There are lots of uncertainty. Then you have to make a decision with the new information the universe has presented to you.

Furthermore, every hour you put into something you dread is an hour you rob from something you might love. That sunk-cost bias is expensive when it comes to allocating our energies to ventures, projects and work that will have a payoff.

Your task lists can be frustrating to look at because you have a lot of open loops and tasks left undone. That can be demotivating. But what you may not be seeing is the feedback your work is providing. You may be observing it without acting with decisiveness on whether to fully commit or drop it completely.

To a large extent, noone is telling us what to do. We can choose and that can be frightening. We have to own our choices and the work.

Are there projects you should simply drop right now because you find yourself continually procrastinating?

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

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