Procrastination

Of all the various forms of resistance, procrastination has to be one of the most formidable. In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield wrote:

Procrastination is the most common manifestation of Resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalise.

In my own life, I’ve made a commitment to write on this blog every day, including the weekends. I’ve missed a couple of days along the way, but so far I’ve managed to keep up and have even created more than one post on a couple of days.

What I’ve noticed is how easy it is to procrastinate if I have a spare post that I can publish and I don’t really need to write another. After all, no-one is going to know right?

That’s the rationalisation part of procrastination doing it’s subtle nasty work. I’ve gotten up early, sat down to write, and immediately thought to myself that I can publish a spare post and then get on with something else. The easy option is always enticing.

That would be fine if my intention was to simply publish something every day, but it’s not. The intention is to write something every day, so I write, and thumb my nose at procrastination.

You might notice a kind of niggling feeling when you don’t fulfil on your intention and allow procrastination to have it’s way. When you notice this, you have two choices:

  1. Ignore it, or
  2. Sit down and do your work.

If you go with second option, you are on your way to creating a habit. Once you’ve created a habit, it’s much easier to maintain momentum.

Procrastination is just one companion of resistance. I previously wrote a short post about how I see resistance here. You can also read about another of its companions, fear.