How to Overcome Procrastination When You Want to Lose Weight?
Many diet followers like to procrastinate, continuously restoring tomorrow the start of their diet. Are you one of them?
Then comes the question of sport: Cardio or strength training? Which exercises to choose? How often? What rest times? For how long ? Etc.
But, there is one thing that we hear very little about in the field of dieting or weight loss: motivation.
It is, however, paramount. You may have the best diet program or the best sports training, if you do not have motivation and you put off until later you will have no result.
While we do not have the motivation: we have no chance of succeeding.
Well you will have understood it, again, as for nutrition and sport, there are solutions: different solutions for different problems.
In this article, we will look at procrastination.
What is it ? Who does it affect? How to detect it? How do you defeat it effectively? How to get rid of it?
Let us begin with the definition.
> What does that mean?
“Procrastination” comes from the Latin “pro” (forward) and “crastinus” (the next day) and can be summarized with the following sentence: the unfortunate tendency to postpone everything overnight.
Procrastiner is something we have all already faced. When you come back from classes, work, etc. We only want to do nothing. We just want to laze in front of the TV or the computer. And even though it is obviously important to rest and do nothing from time to time, procrastination has this unfortunate tendency to settle and spread. And in the end we get to do nothing at all, if not activities that give us immediate pleasure: TV show, video games, series, manga …
And when you look at it, that’s what makes all the difference between those who do and those who do not.
And we are all subject to this trend. We have all had a period of our lives (past or not) when we no longer wanted to do anything. The difference lies in the fact that some of them manage to get out of it, while others remain stuck in this vicious circle that prevents them from achieving anything.
The first thing to understand is that you have to realize that you are in a bad mood. Okay, if you’re reading these lines, you’re already on the right track.
We have to realize that yes, indeed, we are wasting our lives. And we could accomplish so much more if we took the time. And to understand that if one is not particularly happy in our life is that precisely one does not give the time to realize these things. Because it is by realizing that one becomes happy.
Let’s go back to the subject of the diet: would not you be happy if you succeeded in losing a little weight, feeling better in your body and especially better fit? So obviously. Yet we do not do it … We can not get moving or then sporadically and we end up discouraged. And all this because of this bad habit that is procrastination.
Begin by being honest with yourself and make the observation: yes I have not been effective in my previous attempts and that is why it did not work.
There is no fatality, everyone can lose weight and have the body he wants. Those who claim otherwise are dishonest.
Now that we have made this quick observation, we can start on a good foundation. And above all we are aware of the risks of procrastination and carelessness.
When we analyze the procrastinating mechanisms, there are two particular phenomena: the fear of starting and the fear of failure.
We will start with the apprehension of the start-up, which causes a postponement of business overnight permanently.
> Fear of starting
It is the fact of imagining that the action that one has to do is much bigger than it is in reality.
For example: you have to go 10 km of jogging tonight. And even before you arrive at home, you can imagine everything you have to do: change, go to the spot, start running, force yourself, then go home, take a shower, and so on. That sounds awful, is not it? One quickly makes a whole mountain and quickly the little idea makes its way: “I am tired today, I will go tomorrow, once it is not serious”. And then, let’s drop. While in reality there is not much to do. Change and that’s it. The rest of it flows by itself. Once we are running, we love it and we are happy to have moved.
And this is what must be understood in this fear of starting: it is precisely the start in itself that is the most difficult.
The hardest part of the sport is to move around, make a bag and go to the room. Once we are there, we no longer ask ourselves the question, we no longer fear.
Startup is always the hardest. The beginning of an action is always the most difficult moment. Once we have understood this, we know that when we have something to do, we are already realizing the most difficult part. And the rest will simply follow.
Once we have understood this, we must tackle the second thing that blocks: the fear of failure.
> Fear of failure
This part is a little more sneaky since we are often barely conscious. As long as we have not been told about this apprehension, it remains in withdrawal and we do not think of ourselves. It’s almost unconscious.
But in reality this is the main procrastinating reason. And that’s why procrastination affects only the most important parts of our lives, the things that could bring us the most.
And when we talk about diet and fitness: what is more important? What is more important than feeling well in one’s body and having self-confidence?
But unfortunately, unconsciously, one thinks that in any case “what good?”, That in any case one will not arrive … And that sudden one makes these efforts for nothing. And we get discouraged, we put off until tomorrow. And we end up by not succeeding: the famous vicious circle demotivation – laziness – discouragement.
As for starting, it is enough to be aware of this fear of failure to defeat it effectively. Once you are aware of it, it is much easier to get rid of this way of thinking.
Because once we realize it, we no longer see actions in the same way. It is no longer merely actions that would hypothetically give an unattainable result. On the contrary, they are the steps of a large staircase that will bring us to our goal.
Seeing things in this light, the urge to postpone everything overnight is already less pressing. On the contrary, we want to achieve things to achieve this goal more quickly.
Finally, after talking about how to think, how to approach actions, we need to talk about one last thing, which is the best way to get rid of procrastination.
And that is the organization.
> The organization, when properly used, makes it possible to eliminate procrastination once and for all
The organization significantly reduces the risks of overnight. We have already thought of the task, we have already inscribed it temporally. And so we have already done the most difficult: start. All we have to do is read his plan and start the first action. And the fact of having already thought of it beforehand, of having already inscribed it, will change the way one approaches the task.
The key to the organization is to remain reasonable. There is no point in planning all of a sudden 10 tasks a day if at the moment you do not. Obviously you will not get there at once.
There are two rules to follow.
The first is to start slowly. I know that it is tempting to try to fulfill its plan of a ton of beneficial actions. But, you have to realize that if you’re too optimistic, you’re unlikely to get there.
On the contrary, by starting slowly (a few tasks per week), we give ourselves the time and the chance to succeed in accomplishing them all. And suddenly go from the mode “I do not” to “I do”. This is of paramount importance. Because we gain confidence every day by realizing that finally it was not so difficult to do.
The second rule is to always have something to do each day. Even something small or insignificant. What counts is having one thing per day planned.
Without it, one falls very easily in our routine of before: the bad habits have the hard life! So when you complete your “planning” for the week, think about spreading out all the tasks so that there is at least one a day.
So much for procrastination, remember what you discovered along these lines:
- Startup is always the hardest part.
- Every action you take is a small step that brings you closer to your goal.
- The organization allows you to get rid of procrastination.
Put these three points into practice and you will see that with this new approach to your plan you will have much less difficulty in accomplishing things.