Personal Development

Beat Procrastination

So do you suffer from procrastination, you know putting things off, using the someday I’ll….. phrase?

Do you feel overwhelmed, guilty, frustrated, embarrassed, depressed, drained of energy, anxious, fearful all of these negative factors and words are associated with procrastination.

When you procrastinate about something in one area of your life it tends to affect other areas of your life. So as we get to the end of 2013 and get ready to begin 2014 its time to beat procrastination.

Why is procrastination part of our lives?

When you think about your dreams and goals these are positive things and so are not associated with the day to day.  So why do we procrastinate?  It comes down to fear of certain things, in an early blog post I talked about Who moved my Cheese, this is fear of change.beat procrastination

Fear of Looking Bad

You simply fear looking bad. That starts with, “I don’t want to show up with a stain on my shirt” and goes all the way to “I don’t want to be denounced in my circle of friends.” But this goes deeper as, the fear of failure and rejection also link into this category.  I don’t want to go do this new business as I will look bad if I don’t succeed.I don’t want to make that phone call as I might get rejection, again it comes full circle back to some form of fear of looking bad.  Therefore the procrastination sets in and you don’t take those actions.

Fear of Change or Losing Something

I have talked about Fear of Change  and Why People Fear Change before but this is a huge sub-conscience driver in procrastination.  I am in my comfort zone and know what I am doing where everything is at.  When you go through change you enter the unknown and then the fear will kick in.  So what happens you procrastinate and stay where you are, regardless of the fact you are unhappy about the situation.

How do you Beat Procrastination?

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Becareful lest you let other people spend it for you – Carl Sandburg, American poet

The first and most important thing is that someday is not a day of the week!  So stop using the “someday” phrase.  It is all about time and how you use your time and what you are going to prioritize.

There will always be some fear in anything you do, realize this and embrace it. You need to take action what ever that might be.  If you are unhappy where you are nothing will happen until you take action.

Also be careful, you cannot say Yes to everything, there are not enough hours in the day.

Beating Procrastination Tips:

  1. Understand the amount of time you have available
  2. Prioritize what you are going to do on any particular day, probably no more than 12 tasks
  3. Forecast accurately the time taken for each  task and make sure they fit in the time available
  4. At the end of the day review what you achieved and how long each task took.

If you achieve most of those tasks you have been successful.  It is important to get into the rhyem everyday, you can’t just do it on  Monday’s. Remember you will only Beat Procrastination if you take action.

Further Actions

A great audio on beating procrastination by Ray Higdon is available and a book by Lauren Midgley – Successfully Failing at Procrastination can be found on my book page

By Andy Lockhart

I am a marketer and social media consultant passionate about helping people development themselves and their business. I believe everybody has it in them to succeed at their passion regardless if that is through a Direct Sales Opportunity or a brick and mortar business. Either way I love to see people be successful and I like to take the mystery out of the social media and getting discovered on the internet.

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