What is a skillful way to approach one’s own procrastination?

5 Response(s)

I was just reading about procrastination in a business magazine and they made the point that there is negative and positive procrastination. If you just don’t feel like doing it right now that may be negative procrastination. Putting off when you shouldn’t is negative.  Taking time to think and gain more valuable insight before moving forward may be more positive procrastination. Getting started is the most difficult part.  My experience is if I do nothing then that is exactly what I get.  If I get in to action then the possibilities are endless.  I learned from my reading this article to be more mindful of what type of procrastination I was participating in. It was also revealing in that solution and ideas can be found in many unusual and unexpected places!  Good Luck and Blessings on your explorations.

Responded on February 3, 2017.

Beautiful question. I might try Stop, Drop & Ask right in the moment when I felt like procrastinating. It might be surprising and illuminating to see what emerge. In this case, I might learn more about the procrastination and gain a sense of how to relate to it more effectively.

Perhaps a memory or an image might arise when I Ask. Maybe an intuition or a feeling. Possibly even words. Whatever does come forth, my intellect will be curious and explore it for meaning. It will articulate any message. In some cases, there is a call to action. In others there is a call to take care of myself in some way.

Another possibility is that I am being offered something to learn. My sense is that is what might be the gift here. The procrastination could be a sign of something that wants to be known and held in my kind attention. So if I practice Stop, Drop and Ask with this pattern, I’ll look see if there is anything that might be wanting to be known, and then I’ll just be with that and care for it as best I can. Hope this helps, and good luck!

Responded on February 1, 2017.

Generally when I am procrastinating, I examine and reflect on what I am resisting in myself. What is feeding my resistance? Is it supporting my larger vision in life, or is is taking me away from it? This usually assuages the procrastination and my energy is refocused, OR it becomes clear that actually, I don’t want to focus my energy on that particular subject, and I re-organize my priorities.

Responded on February 4, 2017.

Thank you for your insights into this . It definitely helped to pause to examine the underlying motivations around the procrastination. What comes up is fear of future judgement, either self-imposed or from others. Also, I was reminded that when I’m able to jump in and start there is often a good driving energy that arises.

Responded on February 4, 2017.

Brillasol – in regards to fear of judgment within or from others – cultivating self love would be greatly supportive.  This will nurture faith in oneself and nourish a sense of trust in one’s offerings. Heart-centred offering is beautiful and people feel the love and intention, when we offer in this way. And if it’s met with judgement, hopefully we’ve cultivated enough self-love within us to not take others projections personally. I hope this helps. Be well.

Responded on February 4, 2017.