Know the difference between a fact and a problem

Procrastination takes many forms. Sometimes, it hides in the form of a fact disguised to look like a problem. Think of a lazy Saturday Morning towards the end of a month. You need to withdraw some cash from the ATM. Your bank is about a 30-minute drive away. However, you are still at home lying in bed and staring at the ceiling because you know salaries got paid yesterday and there will likely be a long queue at the machine. It’s also a weekend. Therefore, chances are the machine will run out of cash before it gets to your turn.

Your assertions might be true. There does tend to be a higher demand for cash in the week salaries are paid which often leads to longer queues at ATMs thus increasing the likelihood of machines running out of cash. However, there is a crucial detail you have overlooked. None of the above statements are problems. They are just facts. Your problem still remains you need to get cash from an ATM.

Overthinking what is essentially a fact won’t solve your problem

It’s funny the number of ways we look to convince ourselves we haven’t started a task because there is an insurmountable problem when the “problem” is simply a fact. No one wants to admit they are just being lazy. I know someone who failed to register a business name for 10 months because she felt having to go to the CAC website was such a hassle. Never mind the site has step by step instructions for registering a business name and a very responsive customer service unit. Regardless what she may have thought, the CAC website was not her problem. It was just the next step she had to take. When she finally dragged herself there, she found her preferred business name had already been taken just a few months ago.

Going back to the first example, in the time it took you to think about all the reasons not to go to the ATM, you could have probably gone to the bank and joined the queue. It probably wouldn’t be as long as you imagined and you probably wouldn’t take as long as you feared you would. Even if you did, you had taken steps to actually solve your problem and that’s a thousand times better than coming up with excuses.

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