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Chapter 4. It's All in Your Head > Letting It Get to You - Pg. 40

It's All in Your Head 40 Letting It Get to You The same faulty thoughts and feelings that lead to perfectionism can also cause you to procrastinate for other reasons. You might give in to feelings of being overwhelmed, frustrated, or bored by a task and not attempt to do it or give up before completing it. You might also react by rebelling against the people or institutions that expect you to get something done. Or you might misjudge how long it will take to complete a task or project and wait until the last minute to start it. All of this cognitive and emotional turmoil means that you're letting your responsibilities and com- mitments get the best of you. You're being controlled by your todo list instead of taking control of your thoughts, feelings, and actions and behaving responsibly. Feeling Overwhelmed Some people let themselves get overwhelmed by the size, scope, or nature of a project. If you find a task you're facing to be difficult or overly challenging, you might not even attempt it or may give up too quickly rather than seeking the information and support that would help you complete it. Feeling overwhelmed also happens when a project involves many steps. You get in the middle of the project and lose sight of what to do next, particularly if your surroundings are cluttered and disorganized. Action Tactic