The 3 Steps to Stop Procrastination
For Good

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?

I 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. 

We become programmed over our lives to do only one of two things -
1. Advance toward pleasure or 2. Avoid pain.

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 to really think about it, you will find that you can boil your decisions down to one of those two reactions.

Take a moment and really analyze your last two decisions.  Even what you had for breakfast 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 to determine whether to answer a phone call?  And answer because you wanted the pleasure of talking to that person or let the machine get it because you were avoiding the pain of dealing with them?

See, 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 are really only then avoiding the pain of realizing I am right or you get pleasure out of arguing (ugh, kinda makes you mad, huh?).  

For us to really understand how to stop our procrastination habit, we must understand what we even mean by procrastination.

So, what is procrastination then?  It is avoiding pain.  

We 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 facts.

So, how do we overcome our habit of procrastination?  In order to stop procrastinating for good, we must retrain our brains.

Somehow we must get our brains to believe that the task will be pleasurable instead of painful.  Then, we will automatically advance toward it rather than retreat.

Now, am I talking about the power of positive thinking?  Or the power of visualization - that if you see it often enough, you will automatically move toward it?  NO.  This has nothing to do with repeating positive thoughts or visualizing what you want.  Those have their place and honestly, you must approach this with at least a positive attitude.  But thinking positively is not what I am talking about.

In order to turn our thinking around, we must follow these three steps.  

There are only three steps, and they are simple,
but remember that simple does not necessarily mean quick

For this to work, you must not "put it off", but take action.

1.  Identify the pain. 

Take one thing you are procrastinating and ask yourself "What am I trying to avoid?"  

We avoid things that make us feel fearful, awkward, unsure or unconfident.  We also avoid confrontation, confusion and things that are difficult.

But, remember that pain does not necessarily mean that you are avoiding something bad.  Sometimes we are almost as afraid of success as we are of failure (we tend to wonder if we succeed, whether we can sustain that success?).

2.  Reassociate the pain with something pleasurable. 

Once 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 pleasureable.  Clear your workspace.  Get your favorite tea.  Turn off the phone.  Light a candle.  Put some things in your environment that are pleasureable while you accomplish the task. 

Then set a timer and work only on this task.  Not until you are done, just 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.

Over time, you will find several things happening.  You will find yourself learning what you really are afraid of. 

And then you will find yourself overcoming procrastination because you have learned to manage your time - which really is about managing what you 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!

Ready to Break Free From Those Shackles and Blow Your Productivity Out of the Water?  
 Stop Your Procrastination

And Make Your Next 21 Days Matter!