Get off your butt and do that thing right now…

Aaaaaaaaaggggggghhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

I did it again.

I can’t believe I did it, but yeah, I did it again.

And I am really frickin’ angry with myself.

I had a project hanging over my head, and I dragged my feet on the frickin’ thing for months.

Months.

MONTHS!

Frickin’ MONTHS, for Chrissakes.

Finally, I got off my scaredy cat butt and tackled the thing.

And guess what?

I mean, you won’t believe it…

Well, yeah, you might believe it…

When I finally tackled the project, it took me about 70 minutes to complete.

That’s all.

70 minutes.

Seventy – frickin’ – minutes.

And another thing: the project went off without a hitch. And the result?

The result of this project that has nagged at me for months…produced a result better than I could ever have hoped for.

The truly sad thing is I have laid awake at night dreading this silly thing.

For months.

Months…

I mean months.

Aaaaaaaagggggggghhhhhhhhhhh…….

Words cannot explain the frustration this has made me feel. And to make it worse, I’ve even written about this before (click here).

So, fine. It is what it is.

We all do it. We all do it everyday.

So, let’s not beat ourselves up about it. We are human, after all, and hardly perfect. But the time lost agonizing over this project, all the stress endured worrying about it, frankly, is hard to forgive myself for. What a silly waste.

And of course, the joy of finally getting it done, the satisfaction of the (more than) successful completion of the task is very happiness inducing. I am wondering why I didn’t simply do my work to bask in this joyful feeling.

I don’t know. As I said, we are human.

So, to both of us, think about the nagging project you have to do, the one you think about all the time, the one that causes your stomach to sink and ache, that you lay in bed thinking about at 515AM in the morning, the one where you put on a lousy television show or read a celebrity gossip columnist to get your mind off it…

You know the project. You’ve been thinking about it as you’ve read this post.

Get off your butt and do that thing right now…

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  • marc zazeela

    Procrastination is not an effective strategy nor is it a productive way of life.

  • Todd Schnick

    tis not. i know this. we know this. yet it still plagues us. let’s keep fighting the fight, you know? thanks for reading!

  • ok

    I have a strong suspicion that Procrastination, when grown to the size that
    it is obviously an life-style issue, should be considered already as a kind of
    disease. It might be connected to some kind of a primary fear or a trauma.

    My own example… during my childhood, the best time ever is when I am home
    alone. During this time I can do whatever I want because there is nobody to
    talk into it. Therefore, anytime I am alone I feel an urgent need to spend the
    time on things which I like to do, which make me happy, which entertain me…
    anything, just not my work, or action items…

    My frustration from being ineffective because of this “habit”
    became so strong that I decided to ask for help and search for the cause.
    Before my session I never ever would thought that this thing might be the
    reason. I would never think of it. I thought that I am just lazy idiot….

    My conclusion is that in some one point you should be:

    1) true to yourself. Admit that you have A Problem.

    2) Ask for help. Professional help, and be absolutely honest in discussion.
    I am 100% sure that your potential therapist already heard much crazier things
    than “I can’t get myself to do what I WANT to do”. I suggest to look
    for someone who is not motivated to write you any prescription….

    3) Dig deep and honestly for the potential cause of you being stuck in life.

    4) Take your time to heal your mind. Find a peace in your mind. If your
    childhood was fckedup, cry over it and get over it and move forward.

    5) Process the result and move forward.

  • Todd Schnick

    wow, thanks for the important comment, and i agree, i often wonder if it is a disease, or an addiction. and i don’t think it is something you can handle alone, i do think you need people to help you fight this battle. thanks for contributing…

  • http://www.facebook.com/theNetworkingMotivator Beth Bridges

    I am so with you on this! I’ll delay on things that take even less time and it feels so GOOD when it’s done. So why do we do this?

    Everything our brains do, even if it’s not good in the long run, is designed to satisfy a need. The trick is figuring out why our mind thinks delaying now is better than worrying …

  • Todd Schnick

    beth, if we could crack the code on that…. ;-)

  • Milan

    This sounds like wishful thinking :) while as “ok” mentioned below, you “just” need to stop procrastinating the fight with procrastination. It looks like he actually did not focus on forcing to do something he needs to do for long time, but he went after the deep cause of what makes him procrastinating. Obviously the resulting effect of his session changed something which he was not able to change on his own.

    At one point – when really frustrated with being procrastinator – you need to accept that fact that you are losing this war. You must stand up and do something. Avoid doing the same mistakes by doing the same thing (Einstein’s theory of insanity) . Change the strategy. And make sure you do not listen to your Ego too much ;)

  • Todd Schnick

    wishful thinking, for sure! but certainly worth striving for. as demonstrated in the post, i’ve lost many battles, but not conceding the war just yet… ;-)

  • Zoe MSM

    This article sounds like it was tailor-made for me! Glad to see I’m not the only one with this ‘affliction.’ Great inspiration to start the upcoming week!!

  • Todd Schnick

    we are all human. but we can all do something about it! have a great week! and thanks for reading….