Procrastination is one of my biggest weaknesses. I think that it is actually a pretty big weakness for most people. If you think about it, if we didn’t procrastinate at all we would be able to accomplish so much more in a day. I have a really bad tendency to procrastinate when I have to do something that I am not really excited about. For example, this thirty-day writing challenge. I know that I will really benefit from doing this challenge and practicing my writing. However, it is something that I am not very good at, so naturally I put it off.
A few months ago, Jacob shared a very wise saying that one of his professors use to say to his class all the time. “If you wait till the last minute, it only takes a minute.” This couldn’t be more true. I know that I need to persevere through these difficult times when writing is the last thing that I want to do, I will eventually get in the swing of things and I will be able to crank these things out much faster.
I feel like even when I try to get started on stuff like this early, I inevitably find a way to get distracted. I wish I knew what the best way to counteract procrastination. Part of me feels like the best solution is to start your day by working on the things that you don’t want to do, and/or the things that you think will take you the longest. However, another point of view is from Gary Vaynerchuk, and he would tell you that your goal should be to delegate the tasks that you don’t like doing, or the things that you procrastinate doing and then only do things that you love. I definitely see a lot of value in this idea. But, I feel like their has to be a middle ground. I think that you must push yourself to do things that you don’t want to do so that you can work on your discipline. It is true that if you can fill your day with things that you love doing you will find more intrinsic value and energy in those tasks.
I have heard that when you write things down you are far more likely to do them. I hope that in writing about my problem with procrastination I will do a better job of conquering these tasks that I despise and put off. I know that I will be able to complete this thirty-day writing challenge, and that is because I am very stubborn and very determined when I want to complete things. I also know that in taking these challenge head on, especially this writing challenge, I will not struggle with writing these short blog posts.
But, even if I continue to procrastinate at least I will be more efficient in completing those tasks that I procrastinate doing, because it will “only take me a minute.”