Tips for Working Towards Overcoming Procrastination

Webster defines procrastinate as to be slow or late about doing something that should be done: to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it.  With the continuous pattern of being a procrastinator you will experience various consequences.  For example, if you are constantly procrastinating at work and missing deadlines then it can lead you to have a reputation of not being reliable and eventually lead to job loss.  To overcome procrastination, it starts with honesty and awareness of oneself.  You must be willing to shine a light at your patterns and reasons for doing things to be able to change it.  Motivation and a willingness to change is a key to experience long lasting results.  Procrastination robs you of your future by not doing what you need to do today.

The saying why put off tomorrow what you can do today comes to mind.  Procrastinators seem to have their own motto of saying I will get to it later.  I can relate to this and realized that sometimes later never comes or it’s too late when I got around to do it.  I have learned to do things right away and enjoy the reward of feeling good that is done.  So why not create a new motto to live by saying I will do it now and I will not have to worry about it later?  Taking an honest look at oneself will reveal the reason for procrastination and how to overcome it.  Procrastination can be the root cause of fear or what one saw modeled growing up.  Another underlining issue could be unwillingness to be uncomfortable.  We can get comfortable in our regular routine and find that its painful emotionally to change.

Time is always moving and it is wise to take advantage of the time you are given so you do not have regrets later on.  Regrets weigh heavy on the soul and leads to depression.  The regreat feeling is sadness and anger turned inward about not showing up and doing ones best with the opportunity one had.  Remember, your destiny is waiting for you.  I have provided some valuable tips below for taking steps towards overcoming procrastination as a conqueror. 

  1. Write a personal vision and mission statement for your purpose. (Who are you and what do you do?)
  2. Perform a SWOT analysis (list your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats).
  3. Make SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound).
  4. Make a to do list to stay on track of tasks.
  5. Work on self-discipline and delayed satisfaction.
  6. Get to the real issues underlining the procrastination with reflecting.
  7. Have a conversation with your fears.  (identify the fear(s) and make peace with it)
  8. Reward yourself periodically for sticking to your plan.
  9. Obtain an accountability partner (counselor, coach, or like-minded individual)
  10. Do some reflecting on your relationship dance with procrastination.  This will help you to get a better awareness of your dance with procrastination and how to change the routine. 
  • What makes me procrastinate?
  • What barriers do I need to overcome?
  • What behaviors do I need to let go of?
  • What behaviors am I committed to incorporating in my life?
  • What do I need in my accountability partner to help me on the journey to reach my goals?
  • What beliefs/thought patters have been keeping me stuck?
  • What new beliefs/thought patterns am I committed to meditating on?
  • How can I remain focused and not get side tracked by unnecessary distractions?
  • What fears do I need to overcome in order to reach my goal?
  • What am I committed to doing to overcome my stated fear(s)?
  • What does time management look like for me?
  • What negative self talk do I need to dispute with positive thoughts?
  • In being honest with myself, what is the true root cause of my procrastination?
  • How am I going to handle my weaknesses so they do not severely impact me reaching my goals?
  • How will I know that I have reached my goal?
  • How have you been robbed by procrastination?
  • How do you envision your life turning out if you do nothing about your procrastination habit?

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