The most insidious form of procrastination…

Everyone struggles with procrastination at times.

Sometimes you just don’t have the energy to work on your important tasks, so you put them off in favour of something more enjoyable. You might, for example, watch a movie when you know you should be studying.

I’ve been there a lot. Everyone has. It’s totally normal.

And the truth is it’s not really a major problem, unless you do it all the time.

When you’ve got important work to do, it’s OK to get sidetracked from time to time, as long as you’re able to catch yourself procrastinating and get back on track.

The problem is that sometimes we don’t actually know we’re procrastinating.

That’s because it’s not just TV and social media that sap up our time and energy. It’s also possible to waste a lot of time on things that appear to be useful work on the surface.

I call this insidious form of time-wasting: “producti-crastination”, because it feels a lot like productivity, only without the results.

It’s easy to fall for, but thankfully it’s also possible to beat.

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The key to staying motivated? Celebrate small victories.

Why is it so hard to stay motivated and stick with our resolutions?

Have you ever taken on a goal, sure that you would succeed, only to find that after a few months, a few weeks, or maybe only a few days later, you feel you’re getting nowhere? Your excitement turns to disillusionment. Your motivation dries up. The distance between you and the finish line begins to seem overwhelming. “What’s the point?” you wonder. With nothing left to keep you going, and nothing to show for your efforts, you decide to throw in the towel.

I’ve been there…

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