Now? Later!- Analyzing and Overcoming Procrastinating in a Simple Way

We all procrastinate. Website, magazine, knitting project, TV show, something else — what’s your favorite procrastination destination?

I do procrastinate on side project that’s not considered as important and urgent in my life, for example are activities like update my blog, sell junks in my house, clean the wardrobe, and few other things I had on my to do list. But I never, NEVER, procrastinate on tasks with near deadline (below 2 weeks) or tasks I know will improve significantly the quality of my life, some of these activities include learning the stock market, studying for my medical school exam, trading stock to earn money, and things I know I would enjoy doing. Everybody procrastinate at something, whether it is washing the car, cleaning the room, buy a gift for friends birthday, etc. But procrastinating itself is harmless if we are being rational with our choice in life, we won’t procrastinate task that involve life and death, or task we know we need to do if we want to eat next month.

So why do we procrastinate? A couple things come to my mind, we procrastinate because perhaps such tasks are not important or significantly contribute to our life for the better. These tasks could and should be eliminated, think and ask to yourself, “do I need to do this? What is the consequence of not doing it? Is it too painful for me to accept?” Then you could categorize your plenty tasks into must, should, or eliminate.

Secondly, we procrastinate because we don’t have the motivation for doing it at all, it’s an impotent goals we had, and in turn we don’t feel the need to do such task. It’s quite simple really, in the end all you had to do is ask yourself if you need to do it, and if you choose to do it, try to simulate the feeling you’ll have for completing the task. I think and personally tried it and it empowers me to do my tasks! What do you do to overcome procrastinating?




About Journeyman

A global macro analyst with over four years experience in the financial market, the author began his career as an equity analyst before transitioning to macro research focusing on Emerging Markets at a well-known independent research firm. He read voraciously, spending most of his free time following The Economist magazine and reading topics on finance and self-improvement. When off duty, he works part-time for Getty Images, taking pictures from all over the globe. To date, he has over 1200 pictures over 35 countries being sold through the company.
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