We think we work better under the pressure of time. That is what we have told ourselves to justify putting things off until the last minute.
Here is why that works for you.
A few blogs ago, I did a blog and a Facebook Live on time. I talked about how to manage all the things that you have to do by putting in your calendar only allowing yourself so much time to get something done.
By doing that, you are laser focused for that period of time, you aren’t doing anything else. You aren’t scrolling social media or taking calls. You are head down and knocking it out. You have constrained the amount of time that you are giving yourself to get it done.
That’s actually what you are doing by waiting until the last minute to do the thing, procrastinating. That is exactly why you think that you work better under pressure.
But here is why procrastination isn’t serving you…
From the time that you find out that you need to do “the thing” until you actually do the thing, you ruminate on it. You dread it, you think about doing it and decide to wait. It hangs over you like a cloud. It feels heavy, like a bag of bricks…you know what I am talking about.
You are eating up all of your time thinking about the thing you are putting off instead of enjoying your life, instead of getting stuff done, instead of knocking things out and even getting ahead.
Putting things off doesn’t solve anything, there is no upside. In fact, it adds to overwhelm!
We tend to put off the things that we don’t feel like we do well. We put off doing things that we don’t like to do. We put off doing things that require we get help or figure out how to do.
The reason why you feel like you do your best work when you put things off and wait until the last minute is because you have imposed a time allowance. You have constrained the amount of time to get the thing done.
You don’t have to do that on the back end of the deadline. You can front end that process, get it done and then enjoy the feeling of having the thing done!
Think of what a hero you would be at work if you didn’t procrastinate, think about what a hero you would be to you!