Life has various responsibilities that are no fun, so our procrastination may kick in and we put off doing what we need to do. As pointed out by Piers Steel, author of The Procrastination Equation *, anything that has a low value or measure of enjoyment is what makes some of us vulnerable to procrastination.
Steel identifies several strategies for making our responsibilities more enjoyable or meaningful, thereby reducing the risk of procrastination.
If you expect you won’t succeed in something, you probably experience procrastination in that area of your life. Do you tell yourself, “I’ll never be able to [quit smoking, write that report, find a mate, lose weight…]”? Low expectation is one of three main causes* of procrastination, and procrastination is growing in our society.
If you’ve been using your brain at some task and start to feel sluggish, a walk in nature may be just the thing to refresh and re-energize you. Spending time in nature also does other good things for your brain.
In the youthful stage of my life, I was drawn to a friend's poster, Bloom where you’re planted. It is still a sound piece of advice, and recently I’ve been thinking about its application to everyday life.
Married vs. Single
Take married/single, for example. I believe there are pros and cons to both situations.
Why do some people seem to have so much success in life? They seem to be healthy and happy, they’re successful at school and work, and they tend to have good relationships with others.
People like this are probably very conscientious.
Is procrastination a problem for you in some areas of your life but not others? Telling yourself you need to be in the “right frame of mind” to get something done, or that you “work better under pressure”, means you are procrastinating about something. Another sign of procrastination is choosing things that are enjoyable, comfortable, or easier for you, rather than the task at hand.