If you are reading this we'll assume that you are
a professional procrastinator who has taken the first step
in your own rescue: You've accepted that Procrastination
is an issue for you, and you've decided to do something
about it! Right now!
Acknowledge to yourself that this is a huge positive
step, and maintain your resolve as we provide you with a
few more simple steps to which you can apply it.
Step 1 - Don't Panic!
Your situation is not unique. The world is full of procrastinators -
some of whom have raised it to an art form! Against some of them,
you look like a dynamo of resolve and results! But, we both know you
have a way to go, and we are both resolved that you will take steps
2 onwards, right?
Having realised that you are in a hole, the next thing to do is to
look for a way out. Well a Goal would be a fine start, so how about:
Step 2 - Set a Goal
Select one task that you have a history of putting off - make sure
it's a significant task, but it doesn't have to be the biggest,
baddest one in the box; just a medium size one would be good to
With the task in mind, write out a goal. Make sure that your goal
statement has the following elements; that it is:
1. Dated ("tomorrow" won't work; tomorrow's date will)
2. Precise (numbers would be good)
3. A positive statement of what you want as an end result
4. In the first person (ie, it contains the word "I" followed by
5. Achievable (set yourself up for a success on which you will
Step 3 - Practice Affirmations
Write out your goal at least 3 times a day, then recite it (softly,
in private is OK) three times a day for more than 27 days. (Why
"more than 27" - we could tell you, but we'd have to kill you, and
that would defeat the purpose of this exercise, so just trust us!)
Step 4 - Complete a Reality Checklist
Click here to
get a copy of the checklist.
Step 5 - Only Fix the Broken Bits
Having identified your "shortcomings" via the checklist, how do you
rectify all of these? You don't!
Be realistic, and pick the ones that are truly an issue, and leave
the rest (avoid perfectionism, and get on with the job).
Step 6 - Only Do What's Immediately Possible
Do what you can do simply, immediately and with available resources:
1. Set Goals
2. Increase your Desire
Emotion leads to action, so get emotionally involved in the
desired outcome of your commitment to change. Imagine how good
it will be. Fantasize and enjoy the result before it's real. Get
attached! Buy in! Be passionate!
3. Commit to action. Be a pig!
Commitment is like a bacon and egg dinner. The chicken has an
interest, but the pig is committed.
4. Get fit.
Start regular, progressively challenging exercise and you
will find your energy level rising! Use your new energy for you
new resolve to get new results.
5. Get organised!
Put in place - buy! - a proven time management system and use
it! Or invest in attending a time management course that
supplies a support system that you can afterwards use to
implement the ideas it teaches.
Participate in a ProfiTunity workshop!
6. Learn a relaxation technique
Meditation is hard to beat, but a quiet walk through a park or
forest has merit as well.
Create and give importance to your "unwind time"
Promise yourself unwind time after you complete a stage of your
7. Create an optimistic outlook based on proof!
Study an expert in the field of your challenge.
Buy autobiographies of such a person, and get inside their
Note that they often start their story with their challenges,
and don't be surprised if they are just the ones you have now!
Great! Here's a map of how to get to where you want to go from
where you are now.
8. Kill the habit of procrastination. Counter this using the
only means proven to reach deep-seated negative programs you may be
running in your brain (ie, the ones on your "motherboard"). Use:
Well-structured Affirmations (written and/or spoken), repeated
with passion. (Belief is not necessary, but is desirable since
it accelerates the process); and/or
Action executed with a commitment to Excellence; and/or
Doing the things you are afraid of until they become mundane;
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