Written by Unity
Procrastination is resistance to something that one has to do. Procrastination is self-defeating and can be a result/cause of low self-efficacy and self-esteem. When someone is in a consistent state of procrastination they are in a state of resistance to life. Procrastination leads to unnecessary stress. When we procrastinate, we are putting more pressure on ourselves. Life can catch up with you pretty quick and soon enough you are having to procrastinate on the next thing that comes your way before completing last week's procrastination. The habit and thought pattern of procrastination is a direct manifestation of following and becoming a slave to egoic desires.
When we procrastinate, we are toeing the line of respect and character. Setting ourself up for failure. The quality of work is poor because it is completed from a place of stress. It is not given the proper amount of time necessary to do with integrity. Procrastination is playing with fire; linear man made time. It is binds you and makes you a slave to deadlines and the clock. A farmer who procrastinates is not a good farmer. He is putting himself before the food he is depended upon to produce. When you are depended upon by your family and community you cannot procrastinate. You lose respect. You lose character.
When you take things as they come you free yourself from the self-inflicted wounds that are a result of procrastinating. By dealing with your life and what arises directly and promptly you are showing that you are response-able. This is mindfulness. Being totally in the present moment, accepting what is happening and dealing with it. You are able to respond to what comes your way. Thoughts, emotions, desires, responsibilities.
Through acceptance of what we need to do, whether pleasant or not, we can overcome the habit of procrastination. There is always a choice in how we respond to our responsibilities. Our attitude towards what we are doing (or procrastinating doing) and the environment. We can approach it with resistance and fear or we can approach it with acceptance and love. Love lies in our actions. Love is expressing yourself when needed.
By practicing mindfulness you are showing up to your precious life and your community. Responsibility, discipline, honesty are ways of showing respect to the community you live in and the world around you. Without them there is no respect for life including your own. Procrastination can be overcome by being proactive with your life. Not waiting for things to come to you or deadlines, but rather seeing things before they come and choosing to deal with them with acceptance. Taking action when it needs to be done as opposed to when it absolutely has to be done. Understanding who you are and who you aspire to be helps to organize and prioritize your life to the point where procrastination does not exist. This is freedom and a deep joy comes from action instead of stress. We can calmly deal with what arises because we are freed from the stress of procrastination. Training yourself into a consistent, responsible, proactive person shows love and respect for your community. Life on Earth is facing a major crisis. Life needs our attention. We do not have time to procr