How Letting Go Saves You from Procrastination 263

Letting go and Procrastination, Let's Reach Success

Imagine a world where procrastination doesn’t exist.

People won’t feel stressed, overwhelmed or upset just by looking at their tasks for the day. No one would complain about, analyze, fear or put off what needs to be done. They will just do it. By simply starting, being focused, doing a small part of it, and then the next one.

Then many more people would be successful. Many books would have been finished and published. Many goals would have been achieved and dreams – come true.

But that’s not the world we live in. Although it might be.

We let procrastination – the desire to do anything else but the important task in front of us – control us.

It leads us to dark places, where we feel hopeless. We turn to distractions, face fear and anxiety, we don’t feel happy, we think and analyze too much and never feel accomplished.

We put things off for later. But later becomes never. And things don’t get done.

But if we really understand what’s going on when we try to start working on a task, we’ll see that it’s not procrastination itself, but other elements.

Like worrying about not having enough time to complete it, not being ready, or thinking we’re not good enough to do that. Having many others things to do, not being sure if it’s that important, not knowing where to start or what to do, not being sure if now is the right time, etc.

These are all excuses our mind comes up with. And they’re an illusion.

But if we eliminate them, all that is left will be us and the task. And when nothing can stop us from doing it, we’ll just start.

So our goal here is to get rid of all these thoughts and focus.

The best way to do this is to let go.

To let the process of getting things done be, by just relaxing, breathing deeply and starting to work on your first most important thing with a smile on your face.

You know what getting it done means to you, all the benefits it will bring and how good this will make you feel about yourself. Why ruin all that?

Procrastination itself is nothing, if we don’t give it power by paying attention to it.

What we need to let go of is not procrastination itself, but the need to putt off things for later, the idea that we can do something else and come back to this project in the future and things will be alright, the excuses you come up with as to why now is not the perfect time…

Here is how letting go saves you from procrastination:

  • you ignore mistakes from the past, and that makes your fear of failure go away;
  • you stop thinking about the outcome, what might go wrong and whether you’ll fail or not;
  • you don’t compare – saying that the task is too big, hard or takes a lot of time, means that you’re comparing it to another one;
  •  you don’t judge – you just start working on it, you don’t think whether you’re doing it right;
  • you focus on the present moment – that’s where the magic happens, and being concentrated here and now is what helps you finish your work;
  • you don’t hold onto ideals – you let go of how you think things should turn out and just go with the flow, let things be.

Letting go is a freeing process that brings peace. It helps you see things from a more realistic point of view, and not through the prism of past and future.

And thus it can help you overcome procrastination. By being mindful of what you’re doing and why you’re doing it, you can be productive.

So let go of everything else but the task itself. See it for the beautiful opportunity it is for making this day successful, yourself – more proud, your future – brighter. And – once that becomes a habit – having a better life in general.

Do you struggle with procrastination?

See also:

Procrastination is a mindfulness problem
Beating the fears that cause it 
The no procrastination challenge
Why we don’t get things done


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Going Minimalist in The Sharing Economy: Why It Makes Sense to Rent Our Belongings 14

Going Minimalist in The Sharing Economy: Why It Makes Sense to Rent Our Belongings

Last week, Jeremy Rifkin’s documentary “The Third Industrial Revolution: A New Sharing Economy” brought to public attention the importance that efficient sharing economies will have in coming years. The slowing of industrial productivity, coupled with the looming climate change crisis means that the game is up for the “take, make and dispose” model that we currently operate on.

This might seem a little inaccessible from the point of view of an individual. Most of us don’t have time to make lunch in the morning let alone contemplate changing economic models.

Yet the sharing economy is growing all around us, from Gumtree to Airbnb and most recently, stuff-sharing marketplaces like Fat Lama.

Born out of East-London in 2016, Fat Lama is a peer-to-peer rental platform where users can borrow items they need and rent out items that they don’t. It’s completely free to list items and operates out of your local area.

Put simply it’s a way for people to make money off their belongings and for others to gain access to equipment they might not otherwise be able to afford. However, the platform has the potential to become a lifestyle as much as a utility. Here are just a few of the benefits:

Saving The Environment

By 2022, the planet will have produced a staggering 50 million tonnes of e-waste.

This is by no means as harmless as it sounds. We are racing through computers, phones, cameras and cables at an alarming rate and worst of all, we recycle none of it.

By investing in the sharing economy and renting rather than buying, you can make a stance against the destructive and wasteful effects of linear consumerism.

To illustrate the paradigm, let’s take the example of a power drill, which, shockingly, is used for a grand total of 13 minutes on average in its life. It is a waste of money and is using up precious resources to buy such an item. Whereas if you rent from Fat Lama, the price of which is around $5 per day, you will end up saving yourself needless expenditure at no extra cost for the planet. This is not just true of drills, but Lawn Mowers, leaf blowers, cameras and projectors.

Go Local

One of the big downsides to living in an urban environment is the lack of community spirit. Cities can feel stiflingly disconnected and it is not uncommon for a resident to have never spoken to a single person on their street.

There has been efforts made to re-localize districts, with cafés bars and social hubs popping up in suburbs all over the world. However, if you are looking for something more personal, using Fat Lama puts you into contact with hundreds of locals living around you who often, given the circumstances, have the same interests as you do.

For instance, if you are looking to rent a surfboard or Kayak, chances are the owner will be an enthusiast as well. This could lead to at the very least a friendly interaction if not a friendship.

Save Money and The Planet

The other great strength of renting rather than buying that it will save you a packet.

The sharing economy is founded on the principle that limiting ownership reduces marginal costs because the cost of production storage etc. is mitigated from the equation.

To return to the power drill analogy, a low-end model will cost you around $100, which means that every minute of use is around just under $8. Unless your drill doubles up as a cocktail-maker, this seems like an enormous waste of money. In comparison, the average electric drill on Fat Lama will cost you less than $8; really it’s a no-brainer.

Make Some Moral Money

Aside from the obvious social benefits, you can turn your underused belongings into hard cash, with virtually no effort.

We have all made some questionable purchases. Whether it’s that DSLR you promised your parents you were going to use or that sound system that never get used because of you neighbours. Now they don’t have to be an ugly reminder of the lost money but active assets that can start paying for themselves. Often the money made from these items can far exceed their original price, with some users earning up to $5000 dollars a month, more than the minimum wage in any country.

These are just a few examples of the way in which renting can impact your life for the better.

Right now it’s the fastest growing sector but the possibilities are infinite. What I hope you take away from this is that being an ethical consumer doesn’t have to be a bleak future of Spartan self-control but rather a re-imagining of the way goods flow today. Clean consumerism is not a dream, it’s right in front of us.