What I hope has been helpful to this point, is using the developing field of neuroscience to help you understand why we procrastinate. It is evident that procrastination has been part of the human condition for thousands of years. Aristotle and Socrates used the word akrasia to refer to procrastination – akrasia meaning “the state of mind in which someone acts against their better judgment through weakness of will”.
In 44 B.C., Cicero condemned procrastination as “hateful”. In the book of Romans in the New Testament, St Paul wrote “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7.15 New International Version)
procrastination has been with us for thousands of years
This human problem has survived all the way to the 21st century and is now further complicated by the wide range of distractions available 24/7, many of which are often just one click away.
Recognising that procrastination has been with us for thousands of years and that there is a perfectly logical reason for it, means we don’t need to beat ourselves up about being a procrastinator. However, we can implement strategies to calm or regulate the amygdala and keep the pre-frontal cortex on line, so we can take desired, intentional and meaningful action.
Many books and articles have been written on this topic. Strategies abound including daily exercise, meditation, mindfulness, eating healthily, having meaningful, emotional and achievable goals and so on.
In a future article I will share strategies to overcome procrastination that have worked for my clients and me.
Sorry to make you wait! Stay tuned.