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There is No Perfect Time to Get Stuff Done

Your procrastination is lying to you

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If you’re like me, chances are that you’ve encountered the massive beast that I like to call procrastination.

I’ll do it tomorrow or I have plenty of time left are just some of the many phrases that I use to try and convince myself to do anything but work.

One of the most popular of these phrases for me is I need to wait for a better time to start my work.

I’m sure you’ve told yourself this before as well.

Here is an example of what this might look like in the workplace:

I only have 45 minutes to work on this outline, I can just wait until I have more time tomorrow.

That seems like a perfectly reasonable reason to hold off on starting anything new, right?

After all, if you can’t finish it now, then there’s no reason to get started on it anyway.

I’m here to tell you this — you’re wrong.

There’s No Time Like the Present

The first step to overcoming this mindset is to disregard these thoughts whenever they pop up in your mind.

I’m here to tell you that if you don’t feel like working today on something today, chances are that you won’t feel like working on it tomorrow.

This took me so long to understand, but helped me immensely once I realized it.

To help combat the discomfort that might accompany this concept, I want you to write this next part down and remind yourself of it every time you start to procrastinate.

It’s okay if I don’t finish the task I’m working on.

Seems counterintuitive, right?

Let me explain why it’s not.

Before trying to tackle your procrastination, you would most likely push off all tasks if you couldn't work on them for a certain amount of time.

For example, let’s say that you have a 45-minute window today, and a 1-hour window tomorrow.

In the past, you would only have 1 hour to spend on your work (since you neglected the 45-minute window).

With this new approach though, you now have close to 2 hours that you can dedicate to whatever you like.

That’s the magic of reframing your concept of requiring a certain amount of time to work.

No Magic Solution Exists

All of the above advice sounds pretty obvious, right?

That’s because the most important steps you’ll need to take in life are straightforward and simple.

Just because life is difficult doesn't mean it needs to be complex as well.

I would be willing to guarantee that you already have all of the knowledge needed to be more productive and accomplish what you want to.

What’s getting in your way is that these solutions aren’t easy.

They require work and dedication.

So I’ll leave you with this amazing quote that comes from Chris Williamson:

The magic you’re looking for is in the work you’re avoiding.

This is such a profound idea that has allowed me to do so much in the past few months.

I hope it serves you as well as it served me.

It’s up to you to create the magic.

Good luck.

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