From Procrastination To Productivity: My Secret Weapon. (Part One)

Updated: Oct 4

“When feelings become the means of thinking, or if we cannot think greater than how we feel, we can never change. To change is to think greater than how we feel. To change is an act greater than the feeling of the memorized self.” ~ Joe Dispenza in Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.

Take a moment to consider that feeling of resistance that surfaces when you have to do something you don’t want to do. Perhaps there’s a report due next week, a mountain of laundry to fold and put away, or an uncomfortable conversation you need to have with a loved one. Just thinking about that unpleasant task evokes uncomfortable feelings of resistance. Now consider the reality of the situation. There isn’t just one thing that you’re putting off doing, is there? I bet, because you’re human after all, you’ve got a pretty substantial Resistance List.

What is a Resistance List?

A Resistance List is a list of things (such as that dreaded report, the never ending laundry, or that potentially triggering convo) that have been piling up over time while you distract yourself with other things instead. This list of things you’ve been deferring tends to grow exponentially. It’s as though the resistance has power over your ability to get anything accomplished.

I think that we actually become addicted to the feeling of resistance. It becomes normal to delay the doing of things rather than actually tackling them; we are practicing the art of resistance and turning it into a habit.

This prevalent and incessant push back to which we let rule, is most commonly expressed as procrastination. Procrastination is a natural and common aspect of being human. The trouble is, when we procrastinate on one thing, it becomes easier for us to transfer that solution of procrastination onto another problem (task). Pretty soon we find ourselves with a procrastination habit, actually enjoying being a procrastinator because it becomes the familiar and easy way of 'solving' problems.

If we succumb to the resistance, instead of pushing through, then we are (consciously or not) choosing procrastination over productivity. By allowing procrastination to win, the feelings of resistance grow and we continue to think the same way over and over again, choosing what's easy over progress. Essentially, we are reinforcing a procrastination loop.

That is where my Secret Weapon comes in.

I believe the ability to transmute procrastination into productivity lies in the power of the Gratitude Mindset.

The Gratitude Mindset is key to combating the heaviness, the stuck-ness, and the chronic resistance associated with procrastination.

When you break the procrastination cycle by consciously choosing to feel differently about the task (having gratitude for it instead of dread or resentment or boredom) you will move forward. Guaranteed.

You’ll feel light as a feather . You’ll become unbound. You’ll practice non-resistance.

And then? Hello productivity!