'How do you stop procrastinating? You could simply install a new hard drive or realize that the issue is often a very simple defense mechanism...'
Rewind…2 years ago.
I’ve got my steaming hot cup o’ Joe and I crank up the ol’ laptop.
While I let the computer warm up…I throw a few dishes (and a piece of pizza crust) in to the sink, wipe the counters down and sit down to start my day.
Then I look on the screen…
There’s nothing on the desktop.
“What the….?” I mutter to myself.
Eh. This has happened before…let me just restart it.
25 minutes later I still have no desktop…and mild panic starts to set in. “I must have a virus.” I’m thinking. To make matters worse, I have a flight later in the day and work to get done.
I can’t screw around. I flip through my phone and get a guy named Dustin from a some local computer and virus repair. “Can you get here today…I know it’s Saturday…” My computer is barely working and I’m already scheming of how I’m gonna find the #@#hole who infected my machine.
“I can be there in about 3 hours…and we’ll fix it.”
“Great!” I exclaim. His assurance calmed me. This guy will get to the bottom of it. Guys named ‘Dustin’ always have the answers, right?
Fast forward 3 hours later…
“Bad news.” he says flatly. Dustin had been on my machine about 20 minutes.
“What…what? Is it a virus??” I plead.
“No…viruses are easy. Your hard drive is failing.”
How Do You Stop Procrastinating? All Your Gadgets Break...
He shows me a diagnostic menu on my PC. “Look here.” I look…and it has a bunch of gibberish. But under that it says ‘disk health: warning’.
“Your drive is starting to fail…who knows when it will die. It needs to be replaced.”
Dejected, I plopped on the couch and cursed myself for a moment. Why don’t I have a backup computer? I’d been thinking that I needed one…just never got around to it. Why today? I have a flight in 4 hours. This is the crap that happens when I can’t stop procrastinating.
Dustin did some more tweaking and testing…restarted my machine and it started working again…”It could work for awhile, but don’t chance it for too long. You either need a new drive, or a new computer.”
Fortunately, my laptop worked through the weekend with some hiccups…but I heeded his advice and got a new machine.
But what did I do? I put things off always thinking “I’ll get a backup PC…or a backup drive……later.”
Can’t Stop Procrastinating? It’s Not a Lazy Issue, Trust Me...
Before you chastise yourself for your lagging ways, you need to dig a little bit as to WHY you’re not succeeding. No, I don’t have some magical blog-like revelation followed by a $7 mini-course that’ll solve it (although that’s a good idea...).
This is something we all have to figure out ourselves. Oftentimes it’s a pretty simple realization.
However, this is a very revealing video of some of our motivations behind why we procrastinate. Keep an open mind when you watch this...you be surprised at how you feel after.
I won’t delay you any longer…go watch it (because this really works!).