Be a conqueror!
Conquering procrastination is one of the most important changes we can make toward being more productive and successful. There are many ways to go to war with this destructive habit. I have only scratched the surface in this post.
For your reading enjoyment, and information on ways to conquer procrastination; I decided to list some helpful hints in acronym form using the word procrastination. I trust you will find some, or all of them, useful in your battle against the “Big P”. We all fall prey to this enemy of success at sometime in our lives. I know I have often, that’s why I am writing about conquering it.
“Procrastination is the greatest enemy
or barrier that needs to be overcome.”
― Steven Redhead, Life Is Simply A Game
Purpose to change. Set your mind toward the goal of conquering procrastination. The beginning of any change is to make the decision to change. Change takes time; but it will never happen until you decide you want to change; and that you are willing to change.
Purpose to change
Reward good behavior
When you manage to do some task without procrastinating; reward yourself. Come up with small rewards. Something such as, putting aside a small sum of money toward a treat, for each half hour you spend working instead of procrastinating. Or promise yourself a walk outside on a sunny day after you have completed a portion of a task. You could reward yourself with a cup of coffee with your favorite creamer. I hesitate to reward with food; but maybe to some it could be incentive; especially to those who love chocolate. 🙂
The ultimate reward
Search out information on strategies to thwart procrastination. Reading this post is a good start. Search the internet for more information on how to cure procrastination. Come up with a list and then put your favorites first, or in order of what you think will work best for you.
“Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow.
I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will–tomorrow”
― Gloria Pitzer
Cease negative self-talk.
We must be very aware of what we say in our own minds (or our self-talk). If that self-talk is positive, you will want to keep it and add to it. Positive self-talk propels us forward toward our goals; and works toward good self esteem. When you are positive, you aren’t likely to be depressed, and you will believe that you can do whatever task is in front of you in a timely manner.
Believe to succeed
If however, our self-talk is negative; it is a motivation killer. It will depress us and drag us down. Negative self-talk leads us to doubting ourselves and our abilities. When we doubt ourselves; we become afraid to do things. Fear of failure is often caused by our own self-talk; or old tapes playing in our minds of someone from our past who belittled us.
“We are so scared of being judged
that we look for every excuse to procrastinate.”
― Erica Jong, Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life
Relax, recharge and release creativity
Take time to relax if you are feeling tense. Sometimes we try to push ourselves; when we would be better served by taking the time to relax first, and work second. Stretching exercises can help you to relax. Play some soft music and close your eyes for 20 minutes to a half hour. Take a walk or a nap. Do 20 to 30 minutes of meditation or prayer. Try deep breathing. Taking even 10 minutes out for exercise or relaxation can be a great help to recharge us.
Relax, recharge and release creativity
When a battery runs dry we replace it. When our cell phone charge is getting low, we plug it in and recharge. Why is it when our energy runs low, we think we must just push through? Shouldn’t we stop and do whatever is necessary to recharge?
When you are able to relax and release built up tension, you will be better able to release your creativity. When your creativity is released, you will find yourself better equipped to tackle the task at hand. When you truly enjoy what you are doing, procrastination is rarely a problem.
“Procrastination is the lazy cousin of fear.
When we feel anxiety around an activity, we postpone it.”
― Noelle Hancock, My Year with Eleanor
Analyze your procrastination. What emotions are contributing to your lack of action? Is there something in your environment that may be holding you back? Are interruptions a problem? Are you able to concentrate? If not, why not? The second step toward change is to search out what is causing the habit you wish to change. You can’t change something until you understand why you do it, or don’t do it in the first place. The trick is, to analyze without getting too caught up in the act of analyzing. We can analyze ourselves right into paralysis of action, if we spend too much time and energy on it.
“Thinking too much leads to paralysis by analysis.
It’s important to think things through,
but many use thinking as a means of avoiding action.”
― Robert Herjavec, The Will To Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding
Coming up with goals and assigning time limits, may help with procrastination. Break down large tasks into smaller more manageable portions. When you get one part done, you will feel a sense of accomplishment that could spur you on to the next step. If you write out your schedule; you can cross off the portions as you finish them. It helps to have visual evidence that you have made headway toward your goal.
Schedule yourself to action
Teach your brain to think positive
You can teach your brain to think more positively. One way to teach positivity is through affirmations. Feel free to make up your own or look them up on the internet. I listed some below (concerning procrastination) from a site called freeaffirmations.org
I am turning into a proactive person
I will stop procrastination and change my life
I will become someone who takes action
I am finding it easier to begin large projects
I will always get started right away, even if I don’t feel like it
I am becoming more productive with each passing moment
I am changing into someone who effortlessly gets things done
I will take charge of my time and achieve my goals
Taking immediate action is becoming a natural part of who I am
I am finding that I naturally choose work over procrastination
Suggestions: Repeat your favorite affirmations out loud several times a day. Write them on sticky notes and put them where you will see them the most during your day. Write them each down 10 times every day. Record them and play them over to yourself while doing other things or before bed.
The more you fill your brain with positive affirmations, the less space there will be for negative self-talk. Think of it as deleting the negative, and correcting with the positive.
Imagine and imitate
Use your imagination. We can’t accomplish things we can’t imagine. You could try visualizing yourself as having already conquered procrastination. What would that look like? What would be better? How would your life be improved?
You can also look around and find people who you believe have mostly conquered procrastination in their life, and then imitate them. What do they do differently? How do they accomplish their goals with a minimum of procrastination. Ask them for help if you know them well enough. If not, read what they write, or listen closely to what they say. Look for any clue to their success.
“Everyone has the same amount of hours per day,
it’s not that you don’t have enough time,
it’s that you don’t have a clear focus”
― Bridget English
Now is the time
Now is the time for change. Now is the time for action. Now is the time for moving forward. Now is the time for breaking the chains that have you bound. Now is the time to leave procrastination in the dust.
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
― Karen Lamb
Action is the key
The simple cure for procrastination is A C T I O N! Procrastination is actually inaction or delayed action; so it makes sense that the cure would be to do the direct opposite. Act! This idea may seem a bit too simplified; but it is the truth, just the same.
“If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life,
you’ll find you’ve done it.” ― George Bernard Shaw
Today is the day
Today is the only day that we can successfully live in. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is not yet here. Today is the day!
“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday”
― Don Marquis
Invest in improvement
Some degree of procrastination is pretty much inevitable; but we can invest ourselves toward making positive changes toward less procrastination. We may not be able to eradicate procrastination from our lives; but we can definitely improve ourselves to procrastinate less.
Upgrade to less procrastination
Organize your life
Organization can benefit us in many areas of our lives. Being more organized makes us more productive. We should organize our work space. An uncluttered work space contributes to an uncluttered mind. When we make a schedule and we can organize the tasks in order of importance. Evaluate what needs done. What is most important? What can wait? What can be done quickly? Which tasks take more time?
Organize your work space
No more negligence
Procrastination is negligence toward your own well being. Negligence is the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern. Decide that there will be no more negligence.
“You may delay, but time will not.”
― Benjamin Franklin
When we procrastinate, we set ourselves up for several negatives. For one, procrastination is stressful. When we know something needs done; and we aren’t taking care of it; we usually get upset with ourselves which causes us to be stressed. When we delay starting something we know has a deadline; we set ourselves up for a frenzied hassle to finish before the deadline. It is a direct result of our procrastination. Procrastination often results in us losing something, or at least not gaining something desirable. Deadlines don’t wait for us to get done procrastinating.
“You may not be punished for your procrastination,
but for sure you will be punished by your procrastination.”
― Debasish Mridha
At your service,