I’m Procrastinating By Writing This Article.

McKenzie Lynn Tozan
5 min readOct 21, 2021
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I finally realized procrastination is incredibly sneaky and doesn’t necessarily manifest in “lazy” events like binge-watching television.

Rather, I might clean my entire house before doing my work. I might catch up on the laundry. I might read a book I’ve been putting off.

Those are easier tasks for me to notice for what they are, however.

What continues to surprise me is the productive tasks I’ll complete that are really procrastination in disguise.

Right now, for example, I’m writing this article about procrastination and how to move beyond it… when really, I have an article I’ve been struggling with since yesterday, and when I’m honest with myself, I’m dodging it, because I’m worried I won’t ever be able to make it quite work.

Of course, that isn’t true. Imposter syndrome is a terrible symptom of creativity, and it likes to tell you things like, “You’ll never be good enough,” and “Oh? You like that idea for an article? Yeah, hate to tell you this, but you will never be able to pull that off. Let someone else write it,” or “That’s not how you write about that subject; you’re doing it wrong.”

So instead, I’m doing something else that could be beneficial to someone. Yes, it’s a productive task. Yes, I’m getting something done. But because I’m doing it to avoid doing another important task, it is also an act of procrastination.

You’ve probably been guilty of this before. I’ve been guilty of it before, I’m guilty of it right now, and I’ll probably be guilty of it again sometime next week.

But here’s what we can do to alleviate some of that.

While I have done these steps together, and they work well together, I’m not suggesting that these have to be used as a “4-step method” by any means. (But if you’re really struggling to complete a task, and it’s a non-negotiable must-do, definitely try this out as a process.)

Rather, choose the step(s) you think you need. When I’m honest with myself about what I need to do, I can usually zero in on what’s bothering me: I may not want to do it (see #3), or I may…

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McKenzie Lynn Tozan

A Dino Poet, Novelist, Book Reviewer, Double EIC, & Midwestern Girl in Croatia. THE DUPLEX out now! https://beacons.ai/mckenzielynntozanwrites