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3 Sure Fire Ways to Overcome Procrastination

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by Dr. Vesna Grubacevic

  • When was the last time you put off doing something that you said you would do? 
  • Do you drag your feet when it comes to taking certain action or completing some tasks e.g. public speaking, writing articles or reports, study, phone calls, paperwork, marketing, networking, starting a business, growing your business, making a business decision, etc.?
  • Would you like to stop procrastinating and, instead, be motivated to take action?

The Cost of Procrastination 

Some people have mastered the art of putting off doing certain tasks, despite knowing that they will be worse off for the delay. Research has shown that around 15% to 20% of adults regularly put off activities that would be better done right away; around 40% of people have experienced a financial loss as a result of procrastination; and procrastinators have higher stress levels and more severe health problems than people who act right away.

Three Ways to Stop Procrastinating

Here are three ways to get motivated and stop procrastinating:

1. Is it what you really want? 

Think about the activity you have been putting off and ask yourself: “Will it bring you closer to your purpose/vision/goals or steer you in another direction?”  By asking yourself this question you may find that the activity is not going to help you achieve what you want, and you have been putting it off for the right reason.

If the activity is aligned with your purpose/vision/goals, perhaps you needed to see the fit with the big picture before you were motivated enough to do it.  Without a clear big picture to give us direction, we can more easily be distracted and procrastinate.

Once you are clear about the big picture, then ensure that you have clear goals with clear commitments and time frames to help you to achieve your purpose and vision. Research at Hofstra University demonstrates that procrastinators who had clear intentions and specific commitments to a time were eight times as likely to follow through on the commitment than those without them.

2. Are you sufficiently motivated? 

As you think about the activity that you have been putting off, how motivated do you feel about doing it? Motivation is a feeling, so do you actually feel motivated as you think about the activity or not?  Do you feel other positive emotions (e.g. confidence, passion, determination, etc.) or negative emotions (e.g. dread, resentment, guilt, shame, anger, etc) as you think about doing it?

It is difficult to put off doing things that you feel motivated to do. To get yourself into a motivated frame of mind, think about the last time you were really motivated to do anything e.g. go on a holiday, complete a fun activity, etc.  Once you are in that motivated frame of mind, you will be more motivated to do any other activity.

3. What meaning do you give it? 

What meaning do you give to the activity that you have been putting off? Do you imagine it as being boring or fun?  Are you thinking that it will take forever or be quick?  If you imagine positives around that activity, you will be more motivated than if you imagine the negatives.

For some procrastinators, anticipation of the task is often far worse than what the task turns out to be.  Are you anticipating the task turning out well or not?  By visualising the activity being a success, you will be much more motivated to take action.

Imagine how much more productive, fulfilled and successful you could be in your business and in life once you master motivation and overcome procrastination!

Stop Procrastination Once and For All!

If you would like to have inner motivation, take action and fast track your success, please contact Dr Vesna for a confidential, complimentary phone session.

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