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The Evil Twins of Procrastination

The first step in dealing with them is understanding the psychology of the underlying issue.

Allyson Lewis, 06/25/2015

Procrastination is the conscious act of focusing your time and attention on pleasurable tasks and deliberately putting off important tasks until a later time.

It affects every person in every walk of life. The Latin origin of the word procrastination is "a putting off from day to day--belonging to tomorrow."

But choosing not to complete important tasks will lead to a work and home life mired with distraction, interruption, clutter, and indecision. Unreturned phone calls, stacks of file folders, piles of paper, unattended emails hidden within hundreds of requests and messages leave you feeling overwhelmed, without direction, and stuck.

Procrastination further leads to painful ruminations of guilt, hurt, frustration, disappointment, fear, worry, anxiety, and stress.

So how can you end the cycle of procrastination? First, you must understand the psychology of the underlying issues and then consider a few concrete actions to place into your daily work habits.

The First Evil Twin of Procrastination: 'I’ll do it tomorrow.'
Procrastination or productivity is determined by the conscious and subconscious decisions you make in choosing to take action on "this bit of information or that bit of information." I will work on "this project today" and "that project tomorrow."

Choosing Between "This" or "That"
The first evil twin is deciding, "I will do that tomorrow." Imagine a train traveling down railroad tracks. Periodically the train has the opportunity to switch tracks--the train can go this way or that way. If the train takes the left switch, it will end up in one destination. If the train takes the right switch, the endpoint will be completely different.

Your subconscious mind can process between 11 million and 40 million bits of information per second. Imagine that same train approaching each switch point at a rate of up to 40 million switches a second. Research has shown that well over 90% of your life is experienced through habits created by your subconscious mind. Your conscious mind can only process approximately 40 bits of information per second.

Allyson Lewis is a nationally acclaimed motivator, speaker, time management and productivity strategist, executive coach, best-selling author of The 7 Minute Solution and The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner, and founder of www.The7MinuteLife.com. Download her latest time management report: http://the7minutelife.com/free-report/

To take advantage of the free time management worksheets, webinars, and more, subscribe to The7MinuteLife.com and follow her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/the7minutelife and Twitter: @allyson7minutes

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