On the whole, we manage to show up on time, get things done, and keep our word. But occasionally there's something uncharacteristically holding you back from a particular task. You'd rather do the ironing and polish anything shiny in the kitchen than accomplish said task. I know...my kitchen can get particularly clean at times.
While you can't make inspiration happen on-demand, if you're resisting a task for a while -- putting it off -- maybe there's something else going on. Let's look at what.
1. You're just not that into it. Whatever the topic is, and you might want to be into it, the truth is you're dragging your heels because it's not something you actually want to do. Why you've agreed to do it might be another topic for another day, but when you honestly look at how you want to spend your time, this particular task is so low on the list you could pick it off the floor. Does this mean it still needs to be done? You tell me. If it's something you've already committed to and no-one is going to be harmed by you doing this, I generally believe in seeing things through. If it's at all possible complete your agreement and then take a good look at why you said yes in the first place.
2. Deep down this task makes you anxious. It's something you do want to to, but for some reason there's an aspect that makes you feel not good enough or you worry about it in some other way. If you're identifying with this one, the best technique is to jump on the task sooner not later. The anxiety will be better handled the more prepared and confident you feel. Ignoring this one is procrastinating, which tends to the make you feel worse not better as the deadline looms. Deal with it upfront and build your self-confidence in the task.
3. The task conflicts with a core belief. Sometimes there's a delay on action because you have two differing beliefs that happen to be butting heads. See if you can examine what it means to you if you "blow off" the other event. Can you identify what is going on at a more fundamental identity level.
What to do? Follow the “two-minute rule.” Similar to a strategy used by David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, if something takes less than two minutes to complete, just do it. You can also manipulate yourself using time in a different way: Set a 10-minute alarm. If it takes longer than 10 minutes for the task see if you can better address the hurdle in place. You're not lazy. But there's something that needs your attention here. Your hesitations to take action are flags. Find clarity on what's going on, decide on your best next step, commit to it, and move forward. Good luck.
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