How can I stop procrastinating?

Are you sick and tired of not getting the results you want? Feeling stuck.

Not getting stuff done when you know you should and you know you can?

.. put off, delay, postpone, adjourn, drag your feet, defer.

We all know what it is, but why do we do it?

Can you even put a price on the opportunities and potential this bad habit is holding you back from – right now?

Procrastination is one of the most debilitating, time consuming, stress creating, and money wasting habits we can have.

People do it, people talk about doing it, people talk about not doing it (or wishing they didn’t) but who actually takes steps to find out why they do it and how they do it.

Think for a moment of 3 ways your life would look different if you removed this habit or behaviour? How would your life change? What would you be doing? Where would you be doing it? How would you be feeling?

How many times have you not completed a project or it has been late? How many sleepless nights have you had worrying about the last minute rush and the fact that the project is not your best work and will not give you the results you want? How bad do you feel? You probably put more energy into beating yourself up about your behaviour around procrastination, than you would have put into the project in the first place.

Who are you blaming for not getting things done?

It’s just not my fault!

OK, it’s easy to blame someone else, and lots of us choose to do that, but it can prevent you from recognising the real issues you have to deal with, and not really accepting responsibility for your own thoughts and your own behaviour.

Using excuses to justify procrastination can often be a warning signal that you should recognise and take action on. Saying things like "I'm too tired" or "I haven't got the right help with this", or "I don't have enough money". "I don’t have enough time". Are you accountable for your excuses?

We generally talk about procrastination as something we "do" when in fact it is about 'not doing' and is predominantly about avoiding doing the things we need to finish.

Generally it is avoiding doing something we either don't like doing or don't know how to do. Sound familiar? Then we get into our reasons and excuses around not completing a particular task even though we will benefit from having it done. Blaming others and circumstances around us is also another strategy, but ultimately it is your responsibility.

It is about mindset.

Remember Expectation Rules Outcome. We don’t get what we want we get what we expect.

What is my honest expectation of the future?

Why do I procrastinate when I know it is costing me time, energy, self esteem and money?

Here are a few reasons people struggle to change:

  1. Not having a plan can cost you. It is a bit like confusing a goal with a dream. You need to know how to plan but you also need to believe you can achieve what you want.
  2. Limiting Beliefs – mental blocks or barriers can stop you from achieving your goals. These can also cause procrastination because you are going into “self sabotage” mode, often without realising it. You allow yourself to indulge in procrastination behaviour and accept it as a “habit”. You may be right but it is a habit which is costing you and it is a habit you can remove.
  3. There is a clear pattern to procrastination, but rather than analyse this, why not take action today, stop procrastinating and take the steps necessary to make the change you can so easily make to get the results you used to dream about.
  • How would it feel to achieve your goals?
  • How would it feel to finish projects and tasks on time (or before)?
  • How would it feel to increase your self-esteem?
  • How would it feel to increase your income?

You can change. With the right tools and the right help this is possible and achievable. Contact us …

Procrastination falls into the category of habitual behaviour, and it can often be as debilitating as other negative habits. It’s more than just a simple annoyance; it actually has a direct impact upon your life – your work life, your personal life, your health, your finances, and your emotions.

If it’s keeping you awake at night, it’s not a good thing.

Which raises what might seem like an obvious question: if this is you, why are you choosing to cling to this pattern of behaviour?

Procrastination has been widely discussed, analysed, thought about, written about, studied and yet it’s still a huge problem for many people. So if there are already so many resources out there, why does it continue to be such a barrier for so many people?

There is often a limiting belief around why people procrastinate, but it’s nothing more than a pattern of behaviour. Negative behaviour. Habitual behaviour.

Procrastination and similar negative behaviours are expensive, frustrating, and time-consuming.

Simply avoiding a task is a minor issue compared to the large percentage of people who will routinely delay tasks that are unappealing. Of course, there is an accountability issue related to this, and the consequences of not completing – or perhaps not even starting – important tasks can be expensive, stressful, and can affect your health, wealth and relationships, both private and professional.

It’s not just about the impact of this upon you; it is the effect on others, too: their work, their lives and their successes. There are consequences to your decisions and your actions - or non-action, as the case may be. You are responsible.

Some people may read this and recognise their own patterns, but then procrastinate over taking the action necessary for change. They will make excuses and take the avoidance path so they don’t have to actually face the problem.

Sooner or later though, a problem left to its own devices will get worse. In that context, dedicating a few minutes of your time to really thinking about a solution seems like a pretty good investment.

How good will it feel when this habit is gone?

Taking a few seconds to take action about this problem is a great start.
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Peter Layton,
Owner, Visual Accents
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