Wise words for all you procrastinators out there – what? Us? No, of course not, we at TVWriter™ never put things off. Well, almost never:
by Jory MacKay
“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself.”
When Bonnie Ware, a nurse who cared for patients in their final weeks,published the most common regrets she heard, not chasing dreams was number one.
“When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made,” she wrote.
Every single day we choose how we spend what few hours we have.
Yet, despite the constant warnings to chase after what we believe, we often fall victim to procrastination and a fear of even just starting.
Every single day, my to-do list is a reminder of all the other projects I haven’t started. The passion projects that I ‘just don’t have time’ to do. And when I do have time? That familiar friend—fear—comes knocking at my door.
For myself, and the 95% of the American population who admit to falling prey to procrastination or even total avoidance of the things we want to do in our lives, ‘time management’ only goes so far.
And when it comes to looking at why we fail to start, there are larger emotional and psychological reasons at play.
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Procrastination isn’t just simply us putting off things until a later date. It’s purposefully putting aside important work knowing there will be negative consequences in the future.
We aren’t just being forgetful, or complacent. We’re purposefully hurting ourselves by focusing on short-term pleasure at the cost of the long-term.
Almost all studies agree that procrastination leads to to higher rates of depression, anxiety, and poorer well-being.
In our professional lives, it can have dire consequences. In our new way of working, with increased autonomy to work when and how we want, your word is your reputation. And missing deadlines for no good reason, is really no good reason.
Dr. Piers Steel, an organizational behavior professor at the University of Calgary, has proposed a simple formula to determine why we make certain choices….