As I write this post, it took me almost two hours to get around to writing it. I kept finding other things to do that needed to be done but not necessarily right when I needed to do them. I’ve created systems to combat my tendency to procrastinate. Still I put it off. At some point I have to recognize that it’s time to get something done, but only after I have wasted all that energy procrastinating.
What is so bad about procrastinating?
There really are no redeeming qualities to delaying something you’ve committed to doing. Procrastination is a deflating feeling. There is a sense of defeat when what needs to get done is postponed until later. What’s worse is that I have been defeated by the guy I see in the mirror. The aftertaste is an empty feeling of frustration.
What is so good about getting things done?
Number one for me is that it feels good to do what I set out to do. Accomplishing things gives energy to the rest of my day. It helps make the day meaningful. An extra benefit is that it compounds my day and I get even more done.
One of my very first blog posts was about the benefits of starting something and then keeping the momentum by remaining productive. It is far easier to keep going than it is to stop and then start again. Starting is the key to productivity.
“People who never take step 1 never take step 2.”
- Zig Ziggler
What motivates you to get started?
What is the easiest thing for you to procrastinate?