How to Overcome Procrastination – Part 2

How to Overcome Procrastination – Part 2

By Jamie Matthewman
August 5th, 2013

This is the second part of the article exploring how to overcome procrastination (If you haven’t read this first).

If you have you’ll recall it discusses 3 reasons why you don’t do what you want to do and offers ideas for helping you to overcome procrastination. The reasons were:

1. You don’t really want it
2. You haven’t figured out your why yet
3. Overwhelm

In this article we’ll explore a further 3 reasons for overcoming procrastination.

4. Fear

There are certain actions in life and business, which even though they maybe mission critical for success, fear and insecurity hold us back. Examples might include giving a talk at an event, asking a woman out on a date or approaching someone new who could help you in some way.

This is especially true at the beginning of a new project when experience is lacking. The only way to build up confidence is to take action but this, in my experience is sometimes easier said than done especially if you’re highly self-conscious as I’ve been in the past.

I remember when I set up and wrote my first website in 2009, the fear of being judged and rejected was intense. I had no idea what I was doing or whether I could write (I still wonder ☺). I felt enormous resistance but I knew I had to throw caution to the wind and get started. It mattered, so if it matters enough as the title of Susan Jeffers book states you’ll feel the fear and do it anyway.
If you don’t have the skill level you need – train up. Find a great teacher who can help you achieve what you want, whether that’s meeting women or starting an internet business. Just because you can’t do something today doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to do it. Someday if you stick at, and you want it badly enough you’ll master that skill. If you want a certain result but don’t want to acquire the skills, enlist someone who can.

5. Your Energy Levels Are Low

If you’re energy levels are low, it is obvious productivity and creativity will suffer. Fatigue leads to lazy thinking, distraction and often the in completion of the tasks that are most important. We simply don’t have the energy and level of concentration to see things through to the finish. When your energy is high, tasks seem easier, and you’re less resistant to taking action.

Exercise is one of the ways we can increase our energy levels and our mood. The irony is that when you think you’re too tired to exercise is when you’ll most benefit. It isn’t rocket science to see that a fit man can get more done, will feel less stressed and produce a higher quality of work than an overweight, unfit man.

You know what you consume has a massive impact on how energised you feel. A bottle of wine a night doesn’t help you get more done the following day! One of quickest and effective ways of increasing your energy levels is to drink more water. The health benefits of drinking water are numerous, but if you’re feeling a little sluggish, grab a glass of water instead of coffee for an instant pick me up. Here are 9 more great reasons to drink water.

The most energy giving foods are fruit and vegetables, especially raw. So if you’re looking for more energy, plus a whole host of other benefits increase the amount of vegetables you eat and reduce foods like simple carbohydrates – bread, pasta and sugary foods. I personally don’t eat a full raw diet but Jonathan Mead at Zen Habits does, here he explains 10 reasons why eating raw foods is healthier.

The healthier you eat and the more exercise you take will improve and sustain your energy levels in everything you do. Life will feel easier and you’ll get more of what matters done.

6. You’re not having enough fun!

I used to wake up at 4 in the morning and be in my office by 5 am. Some days I’d spend up to 18 hours there, but produce very little. Why? Not unsurprisingly I was tired and lacking inspiration!

High performers in any field make more time for fun and leisure. They get more done in less time by keeping themselves feeling happy, connected and creative – crucial for high productivity. By treating working time as a scarce resource rather than an uncontrollable monster that can gobble up every other area of your life, you’ll be more balanced, focused, and effective.

It’s been shown that the optimal work week for most people is 40-45 hours. As I discovered, working longer hours than this actually has such an adverse effect on productivity and motivation that less real work gets done. This is especially true for creative, information age work.

If you decide to take on the procrastination beast, you become an even greater master of your own destiny. Becoming true to your word yields tremendous personal growth. You will obviously get more done of what matters most, but as importantly your strength, courage and discipline will thrive; benefits which will become hugely significant over your lifetime. The challenge of overcoming procrastination is truly a blessing in disguise.

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Jamie Matthewman

About Jamie Matthewman

Jamie is the founder, main contributor and editor of The Inspired Man.

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