If you’re an introvert who procrastinates you will have great appreciation why we do so more than our non-introverted friends. More over, if you’re a creative introvert then procrastination will hit home more so than it does for others.
Before we dive into that, I would like to spend some time on why we procrastinate and from an introvert’s perspective (i.e. like me).
There are multiple things going through our minds and at times it can be daunting to figure out which one we should focus on first – especially if it isn’t something we see as high priority. I have been known to struggle with this one. For example, my wife (who is an extrovert by the way) sees how I need do something right away and I am not making the correlation between why I need to stop and shift to what she thinks is best. Disclaimer: more times than not she’s usually right, I should focus on this other thing.
Anyhow, as I am being asked to drop one thing for another I battle with if this is the right thing to do and so the procrastination begins. Have you ever done this before?
Now, if you’re a creative introvert it’s probably not so different than my example above. Regardless, if you’re someone creative then you know more than others how you like to stay focus on one particular task until completion. This may mean that it may take longer to complete all while you get distracted or not inspired to do another thing which you admittedly know is important to do.
So, with all of this procrastination talk you’re if you’re anything like our hungry introvert community then you likely want to know what you can do about it.
I’m no expert here but here are a few things I have done to combat the procrastination stigma.
- Eat the elephant – if something comes in your lap that you must do but don’t really want to, the best thing to do is to stop what you’re doing and just get it done. I know it may not be easy to do but it’s far easier than letting it sit around.
- Finish what you started – even if you temporarily get distracted always come back to what you started and finish it. If you’re not sure when you think you will finish, give yourself a deadline. If I were you I would treat that deadline pretty seriously, otherwise you’re going to fall right back into the procrastination trap. As a reminder, think of what Bruce Lee said about being a successful warrior, you must be laser-focused.
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- Forget the excuses – sometimes we come up with reasons why we shouldn’t do something. Beware of these bloodsuckers! They will take out any plan you may have for tackling that daunting task.
Before I leave you, I would like to remind you that procrastination is pretty normal so I wouldn’t beat yourself about how you do it. Instead figure out a way to do it less.
Do you have any ways you combat procrastination?