If you are struggling with procrastination and can't finish your work and think about it for days or weeks like I sometimes, you are in the right place…
I'm like a limour :)
Limours are cute animals, but they sleep for about 16 hours daily.
I am not limour, and I do not sleep 16 hours a day.
But sometimes, I procrastinate even more, not only for 16 hours but maybe a few days and weeks.
And nobody explained resistance and why we procrastinate better than Steven Pressfield in his book, the War of Art.
And he said like this:
“The more resistance you experience, the more important your unmanifested art, project, or enterprise is for you. And the more gratification you will feel when you finally do it.”
So, as I said, I am a great procrastinator, but at the same time, I know myself very well.
That's why I developed special techniques, prompts, and questions I ask myself in my journal.
I answer these prompts and questions, and they help me to get unstuck from my not-productive state and get back from procrastination to productive work.
And I just finished my journal session on procrastination in my journal.
And I want to share with you these eight great questions.
You can ask yourself them in your journal, and they will help you get unstuck from procrastination and get back to productive work.
So just in a moment, I will share it with you.
But before that, I want to tell you a few tips.
There are eight prompts that touch on your procrastination from different points.
It's not a linear approach.
These questions are different, and they attack your procrastination from different angles.
And this will help you definitely get unstuck and get productive again.
The first question for journaling for anti-procrastination is:
What positive experience will I not have if I don't do this work? Why did I plan to do this task initially?
This question has two sides.
One is a carrot, and one is a stick, and together they are in one question.
People often are more scared to lose something than to gain.
For example, it's one case, if I go on the street and find a $100 bill.
But if I lose a $100 bill, it's much more painful for me.
It gives me much more struggle because people don't like to lose.
And when you write your answers to these questions, you begin to remember why did you start to do this work initially.
Because if you don't do this work, you will lose something.
You will lose some opportunities, something to do in your life that is not possible without doing the work at your hands.
In my case, I wrote the answer to this question:
I will be guilty if I do not work, progress on my goal, and stay on the same point. No progress, no complete joy of accomplishment. I planned it because I needed to become free and independent.
And now, let's move to the next question.
And the next question is:
What is holding me back from starting right now?
And it's a great question because I struggled to film this article for you.
After all, I procrastinated.
I was procrastinating on writing a procrastination post :)
And that's why it's a good question to answer in a journal.
So here is my answer:
I'm afraid there is so much to do to accomplish this work that I don't know where to start. Also, I didn't plan this work and this article.
So I was not prepared.
It's a good case to answer this question because often, we have some emotion that stops us from going forward.
It's not because we are lazy.
It's not because we don't want to do the work.
But because internally, in our minds, hearts, and emotions, we are afraid we may fail to do this work well.
So it is a question to ponder in your journal and ask yourself: what is this thing that is holding you back from pushing forward with this work?
Maybe you are not prepared enough.
Or perhaps you didn't plan this work.
Maybe you are afraid you will fail even if you do a good job.
By the way, you can download these questions in a pdf format for free.
There are eight questions and two secret anti-procrastination questions that are not a part of this post.