Procrastination can have paralyzing effects. Have you experienced it? You delay doing something you know you need to do, and a weight of guilt shadows like a cloud over your head.
But procrastination is a strange animal. It multiplies. Putting one thing off, generally leads to ignoring other tasks, responsibilities, and projects. Guilt compounds guilt, until we can lose our productive juice. Feelings of fun, creativity, energy, inspiration can dissipate with the wind.
And where guilt is tied to something we do or don’t do, shame is tied to who we are. If procrastination has enough of a strong-hold, and enough guilt piles on, we can become ashamed of who we are. We are not meant to climb into those kinds of ruts, and the best prevention is to tackle procrastination before it gets the chance to grow into something bigger.
But what can you do to protect yourself from procrastination paralysis?
First, understand what you’re protecting yourself from. Procrastination results range from inconvenience, to hindrance, to disablement. The reasons we procrastinate vary:
- Physical issues such as fatigue, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and dehydration
- Emotional traps like self-doubt, insecurity, or fear that lead to hesitation
- Mental sensitivity to tension or discomfort, a compulsion to do whatever feels good in the moment, even if it means known consequences later
- Spiritual gaps in disciplines like reading the Bible, prayer, and quiet time with God
Now that we have a better understanding of what procrastination is, we can talk about how to break through its stronghold, relieving our guilt and shame. But we’ll have to save that for next week. Until then, keep moving forward. It’s a new year, and the perfect time to make a fresh start with fresh faith.
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Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
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