That little voice in your head that keeps saying "Don't get started until ..."
There is a closely related syndrome called unlessitis.
Of course, until and unless never actually happen, so you never get started at all.
When I was first thinking about setting up BizE- zine web site I suffered from these complaints whole time.
'I'd better not start until I learn HTML'
'It would be better if I wait until I've bought Paint Shop Pro.'
'I can't design a web site unless I've researched field thoroughly.'
'I won't get started until I've read a few books about e-commerce.'
And on and on.
But you know what? None of these objections really mattered. They were really just my subconscious demon's way of stopping me from putting my head above trenches.
We all have that little demon living inside our brain. It evolved with us as a survival instinct - so we think twice before doing something dangerous. And in that respect it is very useful. But when it gets upper hand and prevents us from doing anything at all - that is time to take action.
How do we quieten that annoying little voice?
It is all a matter of behavioral training. Like with a dog. Be firm, and provide right rewards and pretty soon it will be helping you rather than hindering.
Here are some tips that really work:
1. You have to become aware of demon before you can learn to tame it. As you go through your day, observe times that you put something off - no matter how small. In time, you will recognize signs. At this stage, don't try to change your behavior, just become aware of it.
2. Start to consciously use demon for positive purposes. So, when you are about to start, or are in middle of something, and voice keeps telling you to do something else, pause for a second and say to demon 'I will stop, but only when I have finished, and then I will give myself a reward.' Promise yourself some small token of your own appreciation - a cup of coffee, a candy bar, a phone call with your best friend - anything that will make you feel good. But only reward yourself for completing task.
3. Once you get into habit of making demon wait, you can move on to next stage: making it worry less. You procrastinate because demon fears failure. All 'unlesses and untils' are put up to prevent you from failing by not even starting. When you become aware that you are putting off something, stop and get a sheet of paper. Write down a full description of action you want to take. Then, under it, write down all bad things that can happen if you take that action. Then, under each bad thing, let your logical mind answer them.