This question on Quora made me revisit some of my writing on the subject of procrastination.
I am ambitious, talented and intelligent, but I lack willpower, discipline, and organization. I am an impulsive procrastinator of the highest order. What can I do to improve?
I am absolutely the same 🙂 I blogged a lot on the subject at some point trying to help myself overcome the issue. I am not there 100% yet but I made progress. Here is the best advice I found.
I love Mel Robbins video which for me was eye opening and life changing. Not waiting for inspiration, right circumstances, etc, and instead forcing yourself to do something changes your mindset and totally works!
For me, procrastination is not about laziness or lack of willpower (although reading books on willpower is on my to do list), it’s about fear. Fear of making a choice, of steering your life towards your goal and failing/ succeeding, fear of new – amygdala, lizard brain, want you to stay where you are because everything else is scary. Is this what you want though?
Reframing your thinking about procrastination as fear helps massively. You start working on it. You want to understand underlying motives. And once you figure out which fear it is that’s holding you back, posing as procrastination, you can overcome it and move on.
Good luck! You can do it!