Steps to Stop
What could you accomplish if you could put an end to your procrastination habit?
Would you finally have time for that vacation?
Or time to spend throwing the ball with your son?
Would you start that business you have been talking about?
Or would you just catch up on some rest and relaxation that you deserve?
What if I told you that over 90% of chronic procrastination can be cured with 3 simple steps?
And that it could even be fun?
Isn't this good news for those of us who are ready to have more free time to do what we want to do?
want you to think about about the way our brains operate for a
moment, ( I promise this is not too scientific!). But, our
brains are so very complex, and, yet, really they
operate on a very simple premise.
programmed over our
lives to do only one of two things -
1. Advance toward
or 2. Avoid
Now, your first reaction might be
to think that is
ridiculous - "I put a lot more thought into my decisions than
that!" Of course you do, but I will bet if you take the time
really think about it, you will find that you can boil your decisions
down to one of those two reactions.
Take a moment
analyze your last two decisions. Even what you had for
can be this simple - did you go for the really tasty poptart?
Well, then you moved toward pleasure (guilty albeit!) and avoided the
pain of fixing something healthy. Did you look at caller id
determine whether to answer a phone call? And answer because
wanted the pleasure of talking to that person or let the machine get it
because you were avoiding the pain of dealing with them?
our brains are very complex, but at the base of it, we really only make
these two decisions. And, you can argue if you like, but you
really only then avoiding the pain of realizing I am right or you get
pleasure out of arguing (ugh, kinda makes you mad, huh?).
us to really understand how to stop
procrastination habit, we must understand what we even mean by
what is procrastination then? It is avoiding pain.
procrastinate to avoid what we do not want to do - even
when we know
with our logical brains that getting it done would be good for us, or
make us money, or take that boss off our back. But, logic has
nothing to do with procrastination. So we have
to understand that
stopping the prokrastination can not be done with rationalizing these
So, how do we overcome our habit of
procrastination? In order to stop procrastinating for good,
must retrain our brains.
Somehow we must get our
believe that the task will be pleasurable instead of painful.
Then, we will automatically advance toward it rather than retreat.
am I talking about the power of positive thinking? Or the
of visualization - that if you see it often enough, you will
automatically move toward it? NO. This has nothing
with repeating positive thoughts or visualizing what you
Those have their place and honestly, you must approach this with at
least a positive attitude. But thinking positively is not
am talking about.
In order to turn our thinking
around, we must follow these three steps.
are only three steps, and they are simple,
but remember that simple
does not necessarily mean quick.
this to work, you must not
"put it off", but take action.
one thing you are procrastinating and ask yourself "What am I trying to
We avoid things
that make us feel fearful, awkward, unsure or unconfident. We
also avoid confrontation, confusion and things that are difficult.
remember that pain does not necessarily mean that you are avoiding
something bad. Sometimes we are almost as afraid of success
are of failure (we tend to wonder if we succeed, whether we can sustain
2. Reassociate the pain
you have determined what you are avoiding, you
must now work to redirect that thinking.
One way to
do this is
to change the way you do the task. If you put off writing a
presentation, you might make your environment more
Clear your workspace. Get your favorite tea. Turn
phone. Light a candle. Put some things in your
that are pleasureable while you accomplish the task.
timer and work only on this task. Not until you are done,
until the timer goes off.
3. Find a way to reward
yourself when you have done the task.
Not when you are finished,
just that you worked on it for a specified time.
time, you will find several things happening. You will find
yourself learning what you really are afraid of.
then you will find yourself overcoming procrastination because you have
learned to manage your time - which really is about managing what
do and how
you do it.
You know it takes time to
develop a new habit - and "they" say it takes 21 days. So
what are you going to be doing differently 21 days from now?
It will be the same date whether you take action or not!
to Break Free From Those Shackles and Blow Your Productivity Out of the Water?
Stop Your Procrastination
And Make Your Next 21 Days Matter!