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Procrastination : Vicious Cycle of Productivity

Did you know that procrastination can actually be a sign of intelligence? Research shows that people who tend to procrastinate are often more creative and have a better sense of time management. Despite this, procrastination can still hold us back from reaching our full potential.

With so much entertainment to enjoy out there, we are getting used to the trap called procrastination. Procrastination introduces us to the vicious cycle of productivity. Procrastinate a lot and your anxiety will rise due to unfinished work. Anxiety will funnel you to the quickest and easiest release channel, automating yourself to what normally is quick entertainment. Then you feel you are procrastinating again.

By focusing on the weak point in our vicious cycles, we have the power to bring about positive change. By recognizing and addressing these challenges, we can break free from repeating patterns and create a brighter, more fulfilling future for ourselves. So let's embrace this opportunity to grow and thrive, and turn our vicious cycles into virtuous ones!

  • Uncertainty

Procrastination is often mistakenly thought to stem from laziness when in reality it arises from a lack of clarity. Our brains crave certainty, as it provides us with a clear direction and purpose. In uncertain situations, we tend to think and deliberate, leading to a delay in action. On the other hand, when we are certain of what needs to be done, we are able to execute quickly and efficiently.

Uncertainty can be a source of confusion and disarray for our minds, causing us to feel lost and uncertain about which path to take. However, experience often comes to the rescue, guiding us through uncharted territory. Despite this, when faced with something new and unknown, our natural instincts often kick in, attempting to steer us away from the unfamiliar. This inner struggle between experience and instinct creates an ongoing dance as we navigate the twists and turns of life's journey.

Thus, the key to overcoming procrastination is to establish clarity and certainty in our tasks and goals. But how?

Start with breaking work into an identifiable and executable task, as small as there is. Imagine you can't read for 5 minutes, jump for 1 minute etc. Make it so simple even your mind can't avoid being guilty once you know what to do but not doing it. After that, you can continue simply by going with the flow and seeing yourself wanting to do more.

  • Anxiety

Anxiety is a common experience that many people face when they feel like they are not in control of a situation or when things don't go according to their plans. The feeling of unease, worry, and even fear can be overwhelming and can leave one feeling uncomfortable and looking for a way to feel calm again. This can be particularly true when someone's plans derail and their mind is searching for a sense of familiarity and stability.

In such situations, anxiety can become a vicious cycle as the more one worries, the more difficult it becomes to find a sense of peace. This can lead to feelings of stress and frustration, making it harder to focus on the task at hand. However, it is important to remember that anxiety is a normal response to uncertainty and change, and that it can be managed through techniques. Start by doing some physical activity to disrupt the anxiety, and give you some endorphins, giving your body some positive affirmation that your mind will follow with better confidence.

  • Automation

As our minds seek comfort in uncertain times, it tends to gravitate towards familiar and easy solutions. In today's fast-paced world, where instant gratification is the norm, it's easier than ever to seek out distractions and avoid confronting the root of our anxieties. We are shirking our worries and avoiding embracing them and facing them head-on. We fail to manage our speed and we fail to address the anxiety.

Mindfulness practices, such as meditation and self-reflection, can help individuals slow down and be more intentional in their thoughts and actions. By being present in the moment and paying attention to one's thoughts and emotions, individuals can become more aware of their habitual patterns and make conscious choices rather than acting impulsively or automatically. This can prevent individuals from falling into the trap of relying on quick release or automation, as they become more in tune with their inner selves and the present moment.

Additionally, mindfulness can help individuals develop a greater sense of compassion and empathy, leading them to make decisions that align with their values and goals. Rather than relying on knee-jerk reactions, individuals who practice mindfulness can pause and consider the consequences of their actions, both for themselves and those around them. It will bring awareness back to you and decrease the automatic activity.

The first step should not be to apply the "drug" as soon as possible but to be aware and acknowledge that you have a procrastination problem. Only start work on the solution once you understand the problem itself. Then you can be more productive, not just in the sense of being busy or creating more output, but feel a more fulfilled life.

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