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End Procrastination- How to Grow Your List of Completions for New Results
Procrastination is a top self-sabotaging behavior holding too many back from their
full abilities. Five years later you find yourself wondering why you never took action. The obstacle now seems a bit ridiculous
and the regret is deeply disappointing. However, today is a new day where new choices are made. Here are four practical steps
to end procrastination, build a list of completions, and get new results.
Step 1- Determine what areas of
your life you are procrastinating- Are you holding back for good reason? Choose one area that you will commit
to stop procrastinating.
2- Get to the source- Why are you really holding back? The mind
is a wonderfully complex, incredible asset that can become your greatest enemy if you do not stay aware of how it is working
for you. When your car does not start you get to the source of the problem. When you get to the source you can determine a
solution. What is the real reason behind the procrastination? Some popular causes are lack of interest, fear, overwhelm, indecision
or unsure of what to do, lack of focus, or poor time management.
Step 3- Find the solution at the source-
Based on the source, decide is it still a worthwhile action to take. If so, choose a strategy to end the procrastination.
This may mean developing a new, positive habit. Set up the strategy in a way that you know you can commit to action. Here
are some possible sources and solutions:
Unpleasant Task/ Lack of Interest- Delegate it, commit only 15 minutes to get started, or do it at the start of
the day. Focus on getting it behind you. Set up a reward for following through.
Someone Else’s Goal- Set a boundary...say no or accept only the
part of the job that you feel good about. If you can not say no (ex. employment situation) then you may choose to follow the
A Large Overwhelming
Project- Break it into small manageable tasks. Get details out of your head and into a system. What small step
you CAN you take now? Commit just 15 minutes and begin. Can you delegate a part? Step by step build momentum as you make progress.
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of Focus Due to Multiple Projects- Prioritize the projects. Complete one project at a time or block time in your
schedule for each project. Choose three small manageable tasks in each area. Focus on completion of one project at a time
What is the fear telling you? Is it valid or an irrational assumption? Stay present. Fear is anticipation of what could happen.
Stay here and now. Shift thoughts onto the ideal end result or what you and others will gain. Affirmations, visualization,
and preparation helps. Feel the greatness of having the guts to face your fear. As Eleanor Roosevelt says, “you gain
strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which
you think you cannot do.” Let go of expectations and take the action to gain confidence and experience. Choose not to
let fear hold you back any longer.
Time Management- Schedule a block of time daily or weekly to work only on this project.
Keep the appointments. Begin with small blocks of time (whatever you can commit) until you are consistently keeping the appointments.
Then consider committing more time.
Not knowing what to do is a sign you need more information. Set a deadline for your decision. Then take steps daily to research,
talk to others, pray, and get the support and information you need. Make an educated decision you feel good about based on
the information and your gut instinct.
4- Maintain focus on the ideal end result- Stay clear on what you and others will gain. What are the benefits
of completion. How will you feel when you have succeeded in following through? Create these new thought patterns to motivate
and propel you to move through the discomfort into action.
Step 5- Take action following through to completion- Put your strategy into action
as soon as possible. The more you take action early on the more confidence you will build as you begin to experience new results.
Action leads to knowledge, experience, confidence, and success. Discomfort is a good thing, a sign you are stretching and
growing. Step by step follow through. Feel great at the end of the day.
Now is the perfect moment to end procrastination. No more regrets! Grow your list of completions in order to
gain the results you want.... Starting Now!
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