The art of procrastination

How to get things done?

That’s a million-dollar question.

We all have impelling tasks and related deadlines. These may come from our job, family, hobbies or any other activities we perform on a regular basis.

Surely, we all enjoy achieving results even though enjoyment may lack when this is directly connected to a job’s task.

What about our hobbies?

Why do we procrastinate hobbies?

Often, I found myself procrastinating activities I love performing. I do enjoy writing and editing but this core feeling doesn’t seem to be enough to position myself on a chair and do what I want to do.

Is that an attempt of self-sabotage?

I have thoroughly reflected on this illogical behavior and pretty often I came up with lack of reasonable answers.

This led me to seek a deeper knowledge of procrastination to satisfy that need of a rational sense around an apparent senseless point.

Surprisingly, I discovered tons of writing about procrastination. I could achieve a better awareness of this behavior and determine a fine strategy to simply beat it.

I have read “The war of Art” a book written by Steven Pressfield. Suddenly an initial sentence had captured my attention.

Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance


The war of Art , Steven Pressfield
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Resistance? What does that mean?

I have always considered this behavior as mere laziness that stands along with myself and my mind and suddenly, I discovered there might be much more than simple laziness.

According to Pressfield, Resistance is a force that raises up against you and serves a major goal which is blocking you from doing what you need to do.

Resistance is not fear nor self-sabotage. This force comes to light as a natural consequence of a nicely set brain program. Naturally, it is much easier for our brain to process tangible rather than abstract things. Therefore, we all struggle with tasks that promise future-oriented in return for efforts we take right now.

How can we overcome resistance?

The key is strong willpower and a few more tips. Personally, I received a powerful help from the Ikigai philosophy. There few pillars to be followed that somehow fully engage with overcoming resistance.

Start Smaller

Yes, this is absolutely true. If you take the smallest step toward your full task you more likely to continue taking more steps. You can start by doing something for 5/10 minutes a day. Ken Mogi is the author of “The little book of Ikigai”. He suggests doing something we love as soon as we get up in the morning.

Find your happy hobby and identify a positive outcome

This may help you identify a positive outcome to overcome your tendency to procrastinate.

Create habits

One of the most difficult sides is to create habits. Habits are not negative but support your willpower to take more steps toward your goal. If I wake up every day and meditate for 10/ 15 minutes I will most likely create a habit over a certain period of time. It may seem incredibly tough in the very beginning, but after a while, you won’t be able to stop and may perceive it as a real need in pursuit of happiness.

Awareness

This is one of the most powerful points. Being mindful is an amazing help. Become aware of this resistance is essential to start preventing all its negative consequences. Mindfulness practice is an amazing tool to make you do what you need to do. 

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