When Procrastination Strikes and What to Do About It.

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It feels easy to give in.

Those things that you had to do. They can wait.

I’m sure it won’t be a problem at all.

Except, I’m lying.

Of course it’s going to be a problem if you keep not making the right decisions.

But it doesn’t have to be a problem you can’t solve.

See, anxiety around procrastination is common. At least in my life.

Whenever I feel that I’m not doing the things I know that I’m supposed to be doing, the things that will make me happy and fulfilled, I feel guilty.

My entire being is filled with guilt and anxiety, especially if I have to produce results for somebody else.

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What am I going to say?

How can I delay even further?

How can I buy myself more time?

All in hope that I will be able to get into the “mood.”

It’s easier when it’s something that I want. Because there is always more time.

Or at least that’s how it seems at the moment I’m making the decision to procrastinate.

Fortunately, this happens less and less.

Today was an awful day, regarding the things I was supposed to do for other people. I spent 6 hours and 44 minutes (exactly) playing chess. Chess!

A few weeks ago I said that I didn’t even like playing chess, but there I was playing and playing and playing.

Why? Why was I trying to avoid doing the things that needed to be done, and then do them anyway in the end?

What is the purpose of delaying work?

I’m not really sure. It must be a matter of habit. I never really developed the habits necessary.

There is a silver lining.

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Procrastination can help you understand what you really care about, but only if you are actively doing your best to avoid it. It’s not as difficult as it seems to start the path to change.

Write down schedules, start with the smallest steps, do whatever is necessary to get started. If you are a writer, write poorly. If you are a designer, design ugly things. If you are a video editor, try to make the biggest jumble you can.

Just get started.

The only thing you can do to beat procrastination.

Take the first step.

Now.

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Zoran publishes a blog post on Medium every day. He writes about whatever is relevant in his mind on the day he writes. Follow to get updates.

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