What is procrastination?
If I had to define it, I’d say that procrastination is delaying doing something…especially something that you need to do.
I’m the queen of procrastination. Don’t get me wrong, I get things done when I need to get things done, but if I don’t want to do those things, I’ll usually wait until the very last minute before I do them.
Take for instance, at work:
I have a desk job, and I do like my job, but the tasks are often repetitive. I often find myself scrolling my Facebook feed or surfing for random tidbits on the Internet.
“Oh. This can wait until later”, I tell myself.
I tell myself this often.
Without fail, towards the end of the day, I’m left scrambling to finish up what I could’ve finished hours ago.
Why do we procrastinate?
For me, I procrastinate because I hate doing things. A lot of things. If it’s something that can wait, it will wait.
I’ve learned that the mind thrives off of rewards. We like things quick, fast, and in a hurry. The brain produces a chemical called dopamine, and that chemical makes us feel good when it courses through our veins. Dopamine is created when we do things that reward us. Finding money, getting a hug from a loved one, beating your high score in a popular video game—all creates dopamine.
We become addicted to quick releases dopamine.
So what does that mean?
We often look for quick and easy ways to get that dopamine. We do things that we want to do at the moment, while putting everything else on the backburner.
Simply put: We hold off doing things that are tedious because we don’t get rewarded for them fast enough.
That’s where procrastination comes in, and it’s a vicious cycle…
Where am I going with all this?
I’m working on eradicating my procrastination problem.
I’ve realized that if I want to have a fulfilling life, if I want to improve myself, I have to put my feet down and do what I need to do.
Procrastination has stalled my potential. We can kick ourselves all day about what we “should’ve”, “would’ve”, or “could’ve” done.
The past is the past.
The good news is that there’s no better time than now to get it!