However, we need to look at what causes procrastination in the first place, then look at the deeper questions - why do we procrastinate and how can we get past it?
These are the questions the Runes and I discussed to help us finish off 2013 on a positive note and energize us as we enter the new year.
We must look at those questions from multiple perspectives, because we procrastinate for many reasons. Therefore, my next question isn't simply why do we procrastinate, rather what does our procrastination tell us about why we do it?
Me: Thank you. I agree; reflection, acknowledgement,and acceptance are key components to many processes. We should take the next step, but we must step with an understanding of where we are placing our foot. What if we look at procrastinating around the issue of time? What if we feel we simply can't find the time we need to complete a project?
Me: Thank you. I had not thought of fear, but I can see how that could be an important aspect to consider. What about external factors? What if there are things external to us that influence whether or why we finish a projects?
Me: Of course, internal issues are part of any challenge or conflict. That is good advice; thank you. However, what if what we need is for the external factor to act? Let me rephrase a bit. What if we are waiting for someone else? What if they have to make the next move? Take the next step?
Me: Yes, thank you, but how can we move forward on other fronts and finish off other projects when one is distracting us from the the others? Being distracted can cause procrastination, right?
Me: I am grateful for your guidance and insight today. Thank you.
Finishing up projects is not always just a matter of sucking it up and doing it or forcing our will on others to get things done. Sometimes we have no choice but to wait; other times, we procrastinate. The way we get past that procrastination is by examining why it exists for a particular project or task. Only then can we know if completing it is the right thing to do and, if so, realize and take the next required step. When we're feeling overwhelmed with all the unfinished projects that are staring at us, maybe the best thing we can do is not to look too far ahead. Focus on what needs to be done today and go from there. After all, isn't that how we create momentum?