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January 19, 2013

How to create your balance to stop procrastinating

why do we procrastinate

The other day, I told you that procrastination might be a logical base for creativity. It helps you become more creative and forcefully aids you in creating imaginations that might later change worlds. But, what if there’s no alternative? What if there isn’t an option? What if you have no option but to stop procrastinating and find your way through?

It happened to me. And thus, we have to discover why we procrastinate? I used to be a procrastinator and over the years, I’ve come to understand that most of my time went wasted because I felt powerless. I felt powerless to complete the task.

As I further tried to understand my mindless actions I felt that no psychology helped. Nothing really helps you when you’re mind is convinced about it’s inabilities. But, just like anything else, mind understands only two emotions – negative or positive.

When you’re in a positive emotion, your mind actively collects more evidences of that emotion and exactly same happens with any negative emotion. One negative emotion triggers the other and then many more.

There are two main events of emotion clutter. Once you mind accounts evidences an emotions, it moves towards the extremes. Either it becomes egoistic or it feels guilty. And that exact emotion is what you find at the bottom of your procrastination.

You took some action, out of your ego, or your guilt, and now you’re reaping the fruits of that decision, in the form of procrastination.

So eventually, your habit of procrastination can be summed up in two just two possible reasons – you’re dealing that task with either some form of ego or guilt spread around the task. The emotion doesn’t necessarily have to be in connection with the task itself. It could be people, places or just plain atmosphere that triggers your emotional putting-off mindset.

Forget about confusion, forget about goal setting, forget about bad habits, forget about disturbing people, forget about everything external that you think makes you procrastinate because the real reason you’re frustrated about it is because you’ve lost balance within you.

And once you understand this, the only step you require to take is creating balance in your mind. Our body and mind is designed to grab opportunities. Balancing both the emotions will help you easily deal with procrastination and eventually stop doing it. Illustration by Lars Plougmann via Flickr