We’ve talked about procrastination here on the blog. But how often is procrastination combined with dread? There is a task we must do, for whatever reason, and we are dreading it. So not only are we procrastinating, we’ve also got a black cloud hanging over our head until it is done. Yuck!
I have just recently had this experience. I need to put up a facebook page for Your Inner Joy. This should be something I would be excited about—here’s a nice way to build the Your Inner Joy community. But instead I put it off all week. I thought it was simple procrastination…..but it turns out dread was attached!
I found this out when I finally sat down to at least put the page up. Right when I clicked on “create a page” I got the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach and I thought, I just don’t want to do this. I don’t know what I am doing and I don’t want anyone seeing a shitty page. This is important. I can’t screw it up. I don’t want to do this!!! Then I glanced at the notepad that always sits on my desk. I write down thoughts and ideas there among other things. What I glanced down upon was one line I had written that I had completely forgotten about, and forgotten why it even occurred to me. The line was, don’t dread it—just do it.
Then I cracked up of course because apparently I was thinking about writing something about this topic and here I was doing the very thing—dreading a task, and NOT doing it!! So not only was the procrastination with looming deadline bothering me, the dread was making me feel a little ill! So, I followed my own advice that I had dreamed up God knows why, and I did it.
I will confess that it is not finished yet. But one of my chief concerns of having somebody stumble on to my crappy page was easily allayed by going into settings and clicking one button—unpublish. Having the page be a work in progress and visible was a big part of my dread. And all it took was one click to solve it.
So I know there are tasks we all have to do from time to time that truly are unpleasant—much more so than setting up a facebook page! And these tasks can easily stir up dread and angst and send them boiling to the surface. When this happens, and I know it is not easy, try to keep these words in mind; don’t dread it—just do it. Because the sooner it’s done, guess what? The sooner the dread and angst are gone too. And hopefully it won’t be as bad as you think!!