Procrastination is a psychological and neurological state of indecision. Some procrastination is just an anxiety based on past unrelated events (i.e., memories), but other forms of procrastination is your brain telling you that you need more information before making a wise decision.
When we procrastinate, we are consciously or unconsciously experiencing confusion, uncertainty, self-doubt, or fear. Business psychologists have found that if you have good time management skills, and good business skills, “active” procrastination makes you more successful. It gives you time to access the situation and gather more information before you make an important decision. Research shows that excessive procrastination interferes with memory, and it tends to sour your personality. Procrastinators often have low esteem and tend to exaggerate their accomplishments as a way of covering up anxiety and self-doubt.
When you catch yourself procrastinating, take out a sheet of paper and write down, as briefly as possible, what you are uncertain about. List all the reasons for not taking action, and then ask yourself "Are any of these reasons valid?" Most won't be, but some may be true. Next, write down three small strategies that would lead to the resolution of your hesitancy. Then take action. But remember: you can never have “enough” information to guarantee 100% success. So trust your intuition, use your wisdom and skills, and make a leap of faith.
There’s also a powerful connection between perfectionism and procrastination. For the perfectionist, it’s never good enough, which means that a perfectionist has low self-esteem. Are you procrastinating because you don’t trust yourself? If so, just ask yourself this question: “Am I good enough to make a decision? The answer is usually YES! If not, consider some personal Praxis NeuroCoaching. It’s easy, with the help of an expert, to know how and when to take action on nearly everything.
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