Have you ever noticed that it takes more energy to put stuff off than to just deal with it? But we still procrastinate anyway.
It’s like you try to push what ever it is you think you “should” be doing out of your mind telling yourself you will do it later, or when you are ready. But do these thoughts really leave the mind?
No. Your brain keeps holding on to it, essentially marking it “incomplete”, and then will store it at a conscious or even subconscious level. Your body then feels this incomplete energy, an inner-urging of “need-to-do”, that continues to churn.
Because stuck energy is contained by your body, you will feel it somewhere. Is your chest tightened? Maybe your gut keeps churning? Where do you feel this sense of incompleteness?
The reason we eventually reach a place of exhaustion, overwhelm, and anxiousness is because we have all this stored negative energy in our bodies that is crowding out the pure energy we receive from Source.
Granted, the unhelpful energy and emotions we hold on to comes from many places, not just procrastination. Most of the time it’s from things we experience that are painful, embarrassing, or that remind us of failure. However, keep in mind that it’s really all connected.
For example, if you gave a presentation to your colleagues at work, and you completely forgot your content, froze on stage, and mumbled through it, your brain has now stored speaking as a “bad” thing. Your body then stores the embarrassment you felt.
Guess what happens when you are called upon to speak again to a group of people? Even if it’s say, for your gardening club and not even work related? I bet you will totally procrastinate in drafting your speech, if you even agree to speak again, that is.
Regardless of the reason why you are procrastinating the point is that not taking action, and trying to push whatever it is away, doesn’t work. It is still IN you. And this slowly drains your energy.
There are many reasons why we procrastinate.
I go into more detail about this in my workshops as I am able to then uncover specific blocks for each participant. But just to give you a brief rundown on a few..
- We don’t really want what we think we want.
- We don’t have a “pairing” system that makes it easier to get things done.
- It really isn’t a strength and is better outsourced.
- We fear what will happen if we complete said task (for big projects such as writing a book).
- It’s outside your comfort zone.
So how do I not let procrastination drain my energy, you ask?
Simple, just DO whatever it is that you are avoiding so that it is over and you can release the energy. You will actually FEEL BETTER, regardless of the outcome. (And you will sleep better too that night!)
Ok, I know, not so simple. If it were that simple, we would all be procrastination-free, right?
But start with the low-hanging fruit, the items that you can willpower through by being AWARE of what’s happening and making the intentional choice to not hold on to it.
For example, say you are procrastinating on folding the large pile of clean clothes that’s sitting in the corner of your bedroom. While it may seem that your pile of crumbled clothes is not making a major impact on your overall well-being, remind yourself that you are still storing “incomplete” energy which is contributing to the negative energy in the body. It is through this awareness that you can then decide to just fold the clothes and get it done despite whether or not you want to.
When you practice daily with the small stuff, it gets easier to tackle the bigger things you are putting off.