Make the 'right' choice
How many times have you spent hours analyzing various facets of a decision because you wanted to make the most intelligent choice you oculd? Then, when you thought you finally had the best answer, you froze when you tried to move forward on it. Even though your logic said "OK," the decision still didn't feel quite right for some reason.
Loads of times? Yeh, me too.
And as I've been thinking about this more and more about why this is, I've discovered more about how I actually make decisions. And this includes the decision to procrastinate. Whether it's obvious to us procrastinators or not (it wasn't obvious to me at all), it is WE who are choosing to procrastinate, and WE procrastinators will do so regardless of the tasks. It is US, not the tasks that is the problem. Taking responsibility is one of the things that I'm trying to do more, and so far it's had a positive impact.
When you make a decision on something to do, if you've ever questioned yourself as to WHY you've made that decision, you'll have probably come to similar conclusions to myself.
Even if you think you've made your decision based on some logical reasoning I've found that it's not true. In fact, in the end I've realised that I end up just making a choice based on primarily my emotion at that moment.
If you see something on your to do list that makes you think and feel "down", then you'll want to escape, procrastinate, to anything that makes you feel remotely better. I repeat again, no matter what you may think, all of your choices are pretty much made emotionally rather than logically. Even when you think that logic played a part in making a decision, in the end all it does is make you FEEL a certain way. And it's how you feel based on that logic that determine your choices in the end.
This is the whole thing with procrastination. Even though we KNOW, that to procrastinate on X is the wrong thing to do logically, emotionally we still feel like we WANT to be doing something else.
So what do you need to do? Well you need to first become conscious of this choice. Regardless of logically whether the task is the 'right' thing to do, or not, you have to ask yourself, am I choosing to do this out of fear (maybe that there'll be serious consequences if you don't do it)? Or inspiration (the best kind I think)? Because I know i'll feel good after doing it? Or am I only doing it because I feel fear when thinking about another task?
Once you've determined that, you can make a better choice - one that is in alignment with your emotions. Make the choice to choose something to do based on emotional reasoning rather than logical reasoning. Logic can play a part, but know that in the end you need to trust your instincts, your heart, for everything you do. That's how you get alignment. And with that alignment, you'll feel the motivation to do your tasks, and do them well. And since action breeds more motivation, you'll find a happy perpetuating loop of 'productivity' (or just emotional satisfaction).
That's how I've been making the 'right' choice for the last few weeks. And it's helped me tremendously so I wanted to share it with everybody. Please try it too. I'd hate for anyone to feel the way that I did at my lowest.