Let’s face it, we all do. We all procrastinate, see something on our list, and think “I’d rather have a root canal” or do everything but what we’re “supposed” to do. But the truth is, those who say “I procrastinate all the time” or “I’m lazy” are actually beating themselves up.

If you are insulting yourself or beating yourself up, quitting should be at the top of your to-do list!

When we say we procrastinate, it keeps us stuck. But when we can rephrase procrastination as something else, we can move on. So it’s good to do some research.

The next time you realize you are putting something off, ask yourself why you are putting it off. What’s going on that you don’t want to do, whatever it is?

There are five reasons why people procrastinate. One of the most common reasons is that people don’t want to do something that they feel they “should” do.

The whole “should” thing plays big in the procrastination arena. Is loaded with emotions – really like a drama minefield. In some, it unleashes the rebel – they won’t do it just because they should. Others feel guilty, offended, or victimized. Other people use it to hit themselves. We become addicted to these patterns and it is very difficult to escape from them.

But when you’re ready, whenever you’re putting off something you think you “should” do, you have a few options. One option is to investigate whether it really is something that needs to be done. Maybe they are someone else’s stuff. What would happen if you removed it from your list?

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