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The Postponement hurts. If you keep watching Netflix you may be temporarily satisfied, but it’s fleeting. Whether you’re avoiding a pile of dirty dishes, giving a presentation, or exercising, hesitation has the power to turn a simple task into Mount Everest for the slopes.
Research shows that in the long run, hesitation has a significant impact on our health, happiness, and financial stability. For example, the Procrastination Research Group at Carleton University surveyed 10,000 people and 94 percent said procrastination affects their happiness. 19 percent said the effects were extremely negative.
The opposite of procrastination is motivation. according to Psychology today“Motivation is literally the desire to act and move closer to a goal”. When building a business, that desire is essential and can also be irritatingly elusive.
But success doesn’t always start with exceptional motivation. Like a snowball gaining speed, there are times when motivation emerges after it starts. I’ve seen this firsthand. For example, I am not a highly motivated person. I don’t get up at 6 a.m., don’t enjoy exercising, and I don’t read 100 books a year.
But yes, I’ve managed to slowly grow my startup JotForm into a company with more than 4.3 million users and 130 employees, and I usually manage to do sports every day.
My point is that achieving our goals doesn’t require constant motivation. We can achieve great things even when we don’t feel like doing it.
End the destructive cycle of procrastination
Avoiding things gradually increases our fear, which makes it easier to follow the procrastination and sample scales and scales. To break this vicious circle, it is important to identify why we are avoiding this specific activity.
Heidi Grant Halvorson and E. Tory Higgins, co-authors of “Focus: Use different perspectives on the world to drive success and influence” They explain that the motivational approach influences the way people deal with challenges. “Get-oriented people see ways to find a way forward and focus on the payoff that will come if they meet their goals,” the authors wrote Harvard Business Review.
“In contrast, prevention-minded people see their goals as a responsibility and focus on staying safe. They worry about what could go wrong if they don’t work hard enough or are not careful enough. “
These two types of approaches can also affect the way you hesitate. For example, the prevention orientation is about avoiding a loss: you have to hire your first employee, but you are afraid of choosing the wrong person. Bad attitude can cost you time and money, postponing the process altogether.
Reward-oriented procrastination occurs when you perceive a task as a means of improvement but you don’t have the courage to begin. For example, you think that practicing yoga might relieve your stress a bit, but instead drink strong coffee every morning and leave the yoga mat in place.
Our emotions are clearly integrated into both focuses. On either side of the equation, “wanting” becomes elusive. But in 2016 Melissa Dahl wrote an article for The cut: “You don’t have to feel like doing something to do it.”
Let’s think about it for a moment. If you’d rather go to the dentist than search your spreadsheets, take the feelings out of the equation. Decide in advance when and where to go to work and then forget about how you are feeling. Do not think about it or create pros and cons. If you want to start at 3pm, just start. Apply the calendar you have already created.
Use the power of the impulse
I write at least an hour every morning. This daily routine motivates me for the rest of the day. I don’t wait for inspiration, I just do it and then I look forward to the projects I have to do next.
Once we take the first step, no matter how small, the momentum keeps us going, and this is because a sustained momentum to achieve a goal creates a compound effect, the rationale that constant and increasing effort can make change. dramatically over time.
Warren BuffettThe CEO of Berkshire Hathaway is one of the most successful investors in the world and the third richest person in the world. And it’s also a compound effect case study.
Between the ages of 32 and 44, Buffet increased his fortune by 1,267 percent. It’s an impressive number until you see what he did next. From 44 to 56, he increased his fortune by an astonishing 7,268 percent. He built his chain of investments and never looked back.
Don’t break your chain
We often hear about the “Seinfeld strategy” the comedian used to improve his famous skills. Years ago, he posted a calendar in an important place and marked an X if he made a new joke that day. When the X got together, their motivation grew. “You will love to see a network, especially if you have several weeks of X on your calendar,” said Jerry Seinfeld. “Your only job is not to break the chain.”
Nowadays, many people use this strategy to track their progress in anything from exercising to cooking to saving money or working on their projects. Author James Clear says productivity physics (Newton’s first law of habit formation) explains why this strategy works. “Objects in motion tend to keep moving. Once a task has started, it’s easier to continue, ”he said.
When you do this first step, e.g. For example, if you start writing the job description you want or ask your colleagues for references, you can more easily continue the process of hiring the employee you need. Routines also tend to increase and improve movement strength. If you want to write an article, take your time every day and write a paragraph. Keep this routine on until it’s done.
Do you want to speed up the process? Create a ritual that you can combine with the routine. Breathe mindfully for five minutes. Open a music channel on Spotify and put on your headphones. Or pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee and then … get started.
The action you choose is not as important as the ritual itself, as the daily repetition “trains” your brain to get the task done. Over time, a fun ritual can create positive anticipation for work instead of breaking the spiral of procrastination.
Light the sparks of progress
Motivation isn’t the fire that makes your success explode. It is not willpower or restrictions. According to Jeff Haden, author of The Myth of Motivation, motivation is the outcome, not the state that precedes meaningful activity. Motivation is “the fire that begins to burn after you manually light it and painfully bring it to life until it ignites … and it feeds on the satisfaction of watching your progress,” wrote Haden.
The desire to pursue a difficult but desirable goal often arises after we get down to work. The first step may be small, but it is a big leap towards what you want. So do whatever you can to get started.
Determine why you’re releasing the brakes, create calendars to avoid delays, and set rituals to make you feel good. When we stop hindering ourselves, progress is almost inevitable. A small spark turns into a great fire.