Nassim Sana

I’ll Just do it Tomorrow

I’ll just do it tomorrow

Nassim Sana, MCProcrastination is something we all do, and we are experts at creating stories around it. The funny thing is the stories we create are universal, and we all have used them at some point in our lives. Here are some of my personal favorites that I still use: I promise, I’ll do it tomorrow, or yes I know I’m working on it. We have a way of making ourselves believe that we never have enough time or it’s not the right time to get things accomplished. It’s that mentality that tomorrow is another day, but that tomorrow never comes. If you think about it, this way of thinking produces little result and diminishes your power as a human being.

I think it’s important for us to understand what gets in our way that makes us procrastinate. There are several triggers that I have experienced in my life that enable me to continue to procrastinate. One of the main reasons is fear, yes fear. It’s the fear of not knowing the results of what I’m producing, or not have it be completed in that perfect way I had thought it to be. We create these expectations of wanting to produce results in a certain way. So if we think it won’t happen the way imagined, then we won’t complete it. Once you have made up your minds and you are attached, it makes it a lot harder not to generate disempowering stories around the action step. Another aspect may just be a lack of commitment. How many times do we commit to something because we think we have to do it or we want to please or impress someone? I know for me, if I’m not committed to my promise then I’m more apt to procrastinate and dance around what I said I would do.  After that it very easy to make ourselves feel guilty for not coming through on time. Once we feel guilty then we tend to get mad at ourselves or blame others.

So let’s look at how we can stay out of the vicious cycle and not have to think about procrastinating.

  • First you need to clear the path for yourself and have integrity to your word. Meaning, really look at the task you are committing to, is it something you really want or need to accomplish?
  •  Second, don’t over commit yourself or commit to something you’re not passionate about.
  • Third, accomplishing a task is not scary. We are the ones that create that fear in our minds. Once those negative stories begin to be larger than us then there is no room to take action.
  •  The fourth point, if it’s something you don’t know how to do or can’t accomplish alone, ask for help. Usually we like to think we are the only ones who can complete a task or that no one would be willing to help us. I promise you one thing: as human beings we love to help and be of service. No one can guarantee that everyone will say yes but chances are most will. With your request be specific, and let them know how important their support is, and how valuable their contribution is to you.
  • The last thing to remember is, to get out of your own way. We are always the cause of our procrastination.