Overcoming anxious procrastination in five easy steps!
Even though I am perfectionist, I am also a procrastinator. That seems contradictory, but it actually isn't. Both perfectionism and procrastination can stem from the same source: anxiety. True, not all procrastination results from anxiety. Being tired, depressed and distracted are examples of other reasons I have procrastinated. Also, Netflix binges. Can't forget those. But let me not procrastinate on my point here. Most of the time I procrastinate because I have anxiety about the task at hand. Take this blog post, for example. I love writing, especially about therapy related issues and I feel good after someone tells me that reading my post helped them in some way. But when I sit down to write at the computer this is what my head sounds like:
"What if I can't think of anything to write about?"
"What if what I write is stupid?"
"What if no one cares to read it anyway?"
"What if everyone thinks I'm a hack?"
"What if I make a ton of grammatical and spelling errors and I don't catch them and everyone thinks I am an illiterate asshole and no one wants me as their therapist????!!!! (Talk about going down the rabbit hole with that one!!)