Quick Q&A on Beating Procrastination for BORING, Monotonous and Tedious Goals
“The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony.”
~ V.S. Pritchett
“I actually think the main reason that I (and many people) procrastinate is because the task that we wish to accomplish will often times be very boring and tedious. So that makes people dread doing whatever it is, and end up putting off for an extended length of time.
For instance, in one way I enjoy writing and video editing. I get gratification from doing it, but at the same time these activities can be quite time consuming, difficult and incredibly tedious (especially when it comes to editing). I’ll really wanna finish editing my project, but I’ll end up putting it off for days, weeks or months.
Maybe this kinda crosses over into a different subject. If you could direct me to one of your videos that deals with this, or throw some tips my way, I’d be very grateful.”? (sic / emphasis mine).
“Chief, YOU HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION. Either you want it or you don’t, so if the procrastination is really killing you, make a decision now whether you’re going to keep going or not.
I run into the same problem with my writing – nothing is always ‘gravy’ on my end either…that’s just part of the deal when you sign up to pursue your own creative ambitions Get my book and read Chapter 3 ‘How to Attain Discipline’ which’ll explain this in detail. (It comes right after the chapter on procrastination for a reason.)
If you’re going to do this film thing, just do it, and take the territory associated thereby. If it’s not worth it to you – if the editing’s too tedious or whatever – then just stop and move on with your life. That’s fine too.
Just make it a conscious choice and stop riding the fence.”
“You’re right. When you get right down to it, a person just needs to either do it or forget it. Some fatigue and difficulty while in pursuit of your goals is just kind of a given. Nothing is ever 100%. You just gotta take the bad with the good…
(Later) I read the preview of your book that you sent me. It seems very helpful and intuitive. I believe I’ll purchase it from your website. Thanks for your help, and good luck with all your future endeavors.”
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