Does it take you forever to:
- De-clutter your home?
- Make an appointment with your GP?
- Go to the gym?
- Finish a project, a task or a household chores?
If you answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions, that’s a definite warning sign – you should definitely read on…
There are times wherein everything takes forever. Psychologists call it ‘procrastination’ and it’s normal. But if it becomes more of a daily thing that is affecting many aspects of your life, it could be something more serious.
Today, let’s talk about some possible reasons why you seem to be wasting too much time and procrastinating.
You are stressed, a lot.
You can’t do everything all at once. If you have that usual urge to spend all your time working, you probably have chronic stress issues by now. And not only does too much stress lower your immunity and expose you to different health problems, it actually makes you unproductive.
Basically, your body needs rest. And when it does, no matter how much your mind wants to work, your body will not cooperate. You might think that having a downtime moment is counter-intuitive to combating procrastination. But, if you don’t take leave from work every once in a while you could be facing real procrastination problems sooner or later.
Click here to learn more about STRESS.
You’ve got uncontrolled anxiety.
We all get anxious from time to time. And again, like stress, that’s normal. But, have you ever experienced feeling overwhelmed with so many things to do that you end up doing nothing? That’s procrastination triggered by anxiety.
The best way to deal with this is to clear your mind before you proceed on the first task. It’s hard to start doing something when your mind is filled with a lot of information, particularly worries.
It’s a great strategy to come up with a to-do list and a timeline. This way, you won’t be bothered thinking about the other pending tasks and whether you are running out of time to accomplish them.
Learn more about ANXIETY.
You’re uncertain about what to do.
Procrastination is likely to take place when you are confronted with a task that you are unfamiliar with or one that seems impossible to achieve. Maybe a project that you think is too huge for you to handle.
It is normal for anyone to feel stuck whenever they are uncertain about something. You may even find yourself spending so much time thinking about how you are going to do it, focusing on the details rather than the big picture. Seek help, ask questions, and if you can – delegate tasks.
This way, you save time and you also feel at ease because you know someone else is helping you.
You are depressed.
Depression is a serious mental health disorder that can take a huge toll on a person’s life. When you are depressed, you generally lose interest over things that you like doing before, particularly your hobbies. Worse, you struggle with dealing with your daily tasks, not to mention the fact that you also feel helpless.
Depression should be dealt with immediately and effectively. Its symptoms include sadness that doesn’t go away, low appetite, restlessness, severe procrastination, and sometimes – suicidal thoughts.
If you think you have depression, it is always best to seek professional help and support. It is hard to deal with depression on your own. The guidance of a mental health professional is inevitable. Contact me NOW!
You have OCD.
Do you spend hours rearranging your closet? Would you return to check the doors for the tenth times before leaving just to make sure you properly locked them?
Rather than finishing a task, people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) get stuck at looking at the perfect solution. That’s because the brain has difficulty deciding whether they are doing something correctly.
OCD is a mental health disorder that can be effectively addressed by hypnotherapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy – wherein the patient learns how to release their fears, unwanted habits and behaviours.
Procrastination is something that we all experience from time to time. But if it’s becoming more of a recurring concern to you, it’s time to take it more seriously. Consulting a therapist is the first and best step to tackle it.
Learn more about Obsessions and compulsions.
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