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The Emotions Behind Procrastination

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  1. In my opinion, procrastination can be useful if it slows us down long enough to think things through. I wouldn’t tell people to stop procrastinating all together, nor would I suggest they beat themselves up when they do procrastinate. Just like I wouldn’t tell someone to let go of fear completely. I’d just say to “think before you leap.” Better yet, if it doesn’t feel right, maybe it’s better to put that thing off. Personally, I believe people are exactly where they are supposed to be right now. I’m not much of a procrastinator myself, but I have found that when I do put certain things off until tomorrow, I made a better decision to not do something today!

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    1. Thank you for your time.

      I’m particularly resonating with this part of your comment “if it doesn’t feel right, maybe it’s better to put that thing off.”

      I agree. We should all follow our emotions.

      Procrastination can be a way used by our intuitive sense to tell us that it does not work for us hence why we are avoiding doing it… Thing is, the brain does not really know what is real and what is not. By avoiding doing something that appears to be emotionally/psychologically painful to do, we send a signal to our brain to interpret that thing as “danger” every single time that thing comes up. Therefore, our brain produces more defense mechanism and reinforce the feeling in order to keep us “safe.”

      In other words, there are two main factors that motivate living beings; pleasure and pain. If it is painful we tend to avoid it to stay safe and If it is pleasurable we are more likely to do it. But, pleasure does not always mean good and pain does not always mean bad. It’s the tricky part!

      The brain is very primal in nature. Its job it’s to keep us safe. The brain does not know the difference between a ferocious saber tooth lion and 8 hours of paperwork. According to our brain, it’s the same thing… lol

      Moreover the brain has no knowledge of the heart and the heart has no knowledge of the brain. Somehow, it’s our consciousness that balances the two.

      Most of the time we are very conscious that we are procrastinating. It’s the thought of doing something that is not pleasurable that makes us think we shouldn’t do it. Short after its done we often realize it wasn’t that bad and wonder why we kept on postponing it…

      However, emotions are very complicated… When is procrastination a sign from the Universe and when is it just a defense mechanism created by the brain?

      When should we give up and when should we push a lil harder?

      In my opinion it all boils down to knowing our true purpose and our true-selves 🙂

      Infinite peace and wisdom!

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