Many people admit that they are procrastinating and some are even proud of that fact but in the long run you don’t want to be a procrastinator. Procrastinators are unreliable, unproductive and are generally very unhappy people. If you want to cure or fix your procrastination there are three easy things you can do. Balance and justify the pain verses the pleasure of any activity, interrupt your thought patterns and light a fire under your butt to get motivated.
Every activity that you undergo is judged based on pain verses pleasure. Think about it, if your problem is that you can’t bring yourself to go to the dentist it means that you’re associating more pain with going to the dentist and pleasure with not going to the dentist. You need to adjust the scales in your favour by justifying it logically and then thinking about it emotionally.
Here’s what I mean. If you don’t go to the dentist you’ll get a cavity and that cavity might turn into a root canal which will be very painful, very expensive and you might lose your tooth. If you go to the dentist, especially if you go to the dentist on a regular basis it will cost much less, you’ll have a lot easier trip and it won’t hurt as much. You’ll avoid getting cavities, avoid paying lots of money, so in the long run going to the dentist might actually be fun. If you can make an agreement with yourself that after you go to the dentist you go to the mall or go to the store and buy that favourite shirt you’ve always wanted, well now you’re associating something that you didn’t want to do with something you do want to do with a reward.
Any task that you find yourself dreading or not wanting to do can always be justified in a much better light. Many people who are fanatics about starting their own business are fine with waking up early or staying up late to build their company so they can earn their freedom and a full time income, and be able to do all the things they wouldn’t have been able to do before.
This thinking of, and looking at, your activities in a new way is called a pattern interrupt. This means that for most of your life, most of your existence, you have accomplished things in a set pattern. You wake up in the morning, you brush your teeth, you take a shower, sit down, get a certain kind of coffee, you take the same route to work when you drive. You’re stuck in a pattern and the only way to change your thinking is to change your pattern. This means that you might want to change your schedule. Maybe you can start dedicating every Saturday morning to building your business. This might mean you need to get a mentor or join a mastermind to get a new perspective on things, to get some new advice and that will change your pattern as well.
Many of us have been in situations where we were complacent and comfortable in one way of life and something hit us hard. The death of a family member, a sudden financial disaster, any kind of good news or bad news changed our way of thinking and put us in a new direction, and usually a better direction. This sudden change is what causes many people to finally get motivated, get self motivated and keep doing the things they know they should do. For example, a friend of mine once was very lazy about his business. When his daughter was born, now he had a great reason, now his entire life changed and he became a completely different person, and became very productive.