And this is how I defeated procrastination

If you’re reading this, chances are you want to find how stop procrastinating.

Sorry to disappoint you, but I don’t have this answer.

I am a procrastinator. This is a huge part of who I am. And the reason why I procrastinate because I don’t like to work.

I like to get things done, but I don’t like to work. I like to learn, but I don’t like to study.

That’s why I became an expert in optimization. I’m a master at finding ways to get things done faster, to learn things faster. Because of this, I’m usually extremely productive.

In the past, I thought that being productive meant to be working all the time. So, whenever I would caught myself procrastinating, I would be disappointed and angry.

I would even talk to myself, saying words like these out loud:

You should be working! Instead you’re here wasting your time playing video games and browsing the internet! That’s why you’re such a loser! You’ll never get anywhere like this!

And then I would feel even worse. I felt defeated. I would let procrastination defeat me.

That was until I finally realized this:

Productivity is how much work you got done. The amount of time you spent working is completely irrelevant.

From that day on, I decided I would never feel guilty again because of procrastination. Whenever I caught myself procrastinating, I would say to myself:

— Yes, I procrastinated. So what?

Then I would just start working, if I felt like doing it.

And most of the times I would feel motivated enough to get back to work. Because I was not torturing myself with harsh words anymore.

The result was extreme productivity.

Even if I had spent the whole day playing games and watching kitten videos on YouTube, I would just work at night.

Then, I would write down all the things that I have accomplished during that day.

I would be surprised every time with how much I did in so little time.

In the past, procrastination defeated me. Now, I defeated it. Because now I procrastinate on purpose. And I work on purpose.

I do what I do because I choose to do it. Always.

If you’re a procrastinator like me, learn this: you’ll never stop procrastinating. But you can stop feeling like crap because of it.

And if you do it, if you start to focus on what you did whithout caring about how much time you spent on it, you’ll be more productive than ever.

Don’t let procrastination defeat you.

Originally published on Medium: https://medium.com/@davidsonpaulo