Procrastinatiion is a really hard nut to crack, even the most efficient people in the world do it, it seems to be a natural reaction. The brain knows that salvaged energy equals better odds at survival, so it tries to take these shortcuts, it tries to let us slack and see how low we can put our energy expenditures.
To hell with that! I've been trying to beat procrastination since forever. A simple way to do it is to just stick to the plan and keep sticking to the plan every single day of your life. This requires a huge amount of will power and consistency - but in my opinion, it is also the absolutely best way to develop respect for your own plan, your time and build great habits.
In the process of building these systems and building this self trust, procrastination will show it's ugly little face.
"Why don't you just drink one cup of coffee before getting to work on that cool project"
"I can sleep 15 minutes more and it will be okay"
"I'll skip the workout today, after all, I did have a long swim this morning/biked to work/whatever".
All the BS we tell ourselves builds up and ends up undermining the bigger project, in which we need to get shit done. Right now I'm focusing a lot on my physique working my way up to being able to cross off a few of the physical goals on My Bucket List.
The other day, I came up with a great way to beat procrastination, so here goes the anecdotal lesson:
I work out 4 days a week, mondays, tuesdays, thursdays and fridays. This gives me 3 restdays to recover every week. On my trip to Mexico (I'm writing this from paradisic island Isla Holbox) I just met these three really cool, interesting and inspiring guys, we watched some matches in the world cup and had a few beers. I told myself, that I could push my regimen one day, since I have a two-in-a-row restday block at the end of the week - work out skipped/pushed.
The following day was my partners birthday, I told her that I would reserve every minute of the day for being with her, thus skipping another consequetive workout (auch, pattern starting to form, right?).
When we got back to the hotel, winded after a whole day on a boat chasing Whale Sharks and swimming with these impressive beasts (breathtaking experience I will carry with me the rest of my days). I thought to myself, doing my workout now, will be a great way to shove it up procrastinations ass.
So I did it, and it felt so amzingly good to have done it, today I'm good and sore after the workout and about to do my Core-day of the week (one day behind scheduele). My mind now knows, that even though I accepted and planned an act of procrastination, by body can't count on being spared and it feels really good to do something you have accepted not doing. The next time I'm in a similar situation, I will be more likely to push through, remembering the great rewarding feeling I had the last time I pushed through.
Stick it to the man and push on through with whatever your doing!--Photo is from a Porsche Replica factory, run by my friend Rafael. It also happens to be an organic coffee orchard and one of the coolest places I've ever been. These guys are getting some pretty cool shit done.PS: Sorry for not posting last week, something bugged up with the auto-post thingie.