On a basic level, the fire of procrastination is fuelled by the desire to do anything to avoid having to do what you are supposed to be doing.
It is that person you must help, the thing you just have to fix, if you work from home it is that bathroom you must clean.
Anything is preferable to doing what you actually need to be doing.
Then comes the logical arguments.
I will do it tomorrow because I don’t have enough time to start it today, I don’t have enough money to do it, it won’t be anywhere near perfect with this small budget, and besides I don’t actually have enough experience to do it right now. I really need to take that course, or read that book.
Finally we move into it’s not perfect yet; it still needs much more testing before I can take it public and we don’t have enough time or money to do that.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Procrastination is sneaky because it has so many different faces and excuses.
At its best it’s there to keep you safe, at its worst it’s self-sabotage for the sake of self-protection.
I agree that any new product or service needs to be tested before it’s launched but whatever it is that you’re trying to complete don’t let the ‘procrastination gremlin’ stop you from moving forward.
If software developers waited until things were perfect before they released new innovations then we wouldn’t have half of what is now the cornerstone of our daily lives!
They release updates to incorporate developments, there is a valuable lesson to be learned from this.
Perfect comes with practice, trial and error and the people that experience true success in life are the ones who are not afraid to get out there and give it a go!
While on one hand it may seem that procrastination is keeping you safe, it is actually keeping you small.
“To begin, begin” – Peter Nivio Zarlenga
Create a plan, and commit to taking action. No excuses are acceptable.