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Procrastination Quotes and 14 Ways to Stop Procrastination

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Who Doesn’t Love Procrastination Quotes?

Many people struggle with putting off tasks until the very last minute. For some it’s snoozing their alarm 10 times, leaving them with just a few minutes to get ready. For others, it’s having three weeks to work on a project, only to start it the night before it’s due. Can you relate? How do you procrastinate?

On that note, here are some funny procrastination quotes as well as some anti-procrastination quotes. Hopefully, these will help get the ball rolling for you (or maybe, allow you another excuse to procrastinate even longer):

“One of these days I’m going to get help for my procrastination problem.” ~Anonymous

“The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up.” ~Anonymous

“If it weren’t for the last minute, I wouldn’t get anything done.” ~Anonymous

“Hard work pays off later. Laziness pays off now. I’ve always been one for being in the moment.” ~Anonymous

“Procrastination always gives you something to look forward to.”~Joan Konner

“Procrastination is like a credit card; it’s a lot fun until you get the bill.” ~Christopher Parker

“I like work. It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” ~Anonymous

“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” ~Mark Twain

“The best part about procrastination is that you are never bored because you have all kinds of things that you should be doing.” ~Anonymous

“Warning: dates on this calendar are closer than they appear.” ~Anonymous

“Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.” ~Robert Benchley

“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.” ~Spanish Proverb

“When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that in itself is a choice.” ~William James
“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” ~Olin Miller

“How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never.’” ~Martin Luther

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” ~Stephen King

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” ~Karen Lam

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” ~Pablo Picasso

“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” ~David Allen

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” ~Napoleon Hill

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” ~William James

“You may delay, but time will not.” ~Benjamin Franklin

“To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.” ~Eva Young

“Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.” ~Victor Kiam

What quotes about procrastination would you create? Have these procrastination quotes sparked some inspiration in you? Perhaps you have realized that procrastination, while seemingly harmless, has been what’s holding you back from the very thing you want all along.

Here are 13 ways to beat procrastination:

1. Reduce Stress

Is it worth the stress you create for yourself? Who else is affected when you procrastinate? Often you are not the only one affected by your procrastination. Maybe looking at who else is affected by the stress you create can cause a shift in the way you look at this behavior.

2. Create a New Identity

Don’t define yourself as a procrastinator – this will keep you caught in that procrastination trap. Decide this is not who you really are and connect to a different way of defining yourself. This in itself can create a huge shift.

3. Challenge Your Excuses

Listen to the crazy excuses in your procrastination quotes and challenge them as BS. Excuses don’t get results. Decide that you won’t accept the excuses anymore. Focus on the anti procrastination quotes and find a way. Where there is a will there is a way. You will get more creative when you don’t take no for an answer.

4. Try “Temptation Bundling”

Temptation bundling is a great strategy to get rid of the procrastination bug. We hear a lot of talk about creating rewards to look forward to after a task is completed, but with this system, you make it so that you are getting something you don’t enjoy paired with something you deeply enjoy, and that in turn makes you want to do the annoying task more. An example of this would be to listen to something that interests you, like your favorite musical album or your favorite podcast, while you go for a jog. You may hate jogging, but you love podcasts or music and listening makes jogging more desirable. 

Another great thing to do would be to go to your favorite coffee shop when you are doing a difficult work task that is monotonous and not very enjoyable. This allows you to sip on your favorite coffee drink and enjoy the atmosphere of the shop while doing something you don’t love. You can bundle pretty much anything. In my work, when I have to do stuff with websites that are pretty monotonous and do not require a lot of thinking, I will sometimes watch my favorite show while I do it. This makes the time go by very fast and it makes me look forward to the task because I’m able to do something I like along with my not so favorite work task.

5. Set Yourself up for Consequences

I know, I know, you’re used to hearing about setting yourself up for success. But setting yourself up for consequences in the near future if you do not complete the task in a timely manner can deeply motivate you to get it done! This is kind of the same method as exercising with a partner. If you don’t show up, you risk upsetting your friend and partner. Because of this, and you will probably end up coming because you had already sent the plans in stone with another person. If you exercise alone and you skip workouts, the only person who suffers is you. 

For me in my life, a good place for this is with my writing. I write both professionally and personally, but I have noticed that my personal writing can go through phases where I don’t publish stuff for huge lengths of time. I may fail to publish a blog post as often as I said I would or I won’t post articles on my website as often as I told myself I could. If I do this, no one suffers but me. These are my goals and if I don’t hit them, I am not held accountable to another. 

In order to combat this, what I have begun to do is write articles for the sites of others or guests posts for the blogs of others. This holds me accountable to them. This way, if I don’t write the piece in a timely manner and send it in, I lose an account that was worth a lot and I make myself look unprofessional to the world in which I work. This change helps me to really sit down and get it done, even when I don’t want to. It then spills over into motivating me in my own work.

6. Try “Commitment Devices”

There is a term used in psychology called “commitment devices”. What this means is setting things in place now that will help you in the future. Setting your future self up for success is a huge deal and is greatly necessary if you want to be successful at all. An example of this would be to recognize that your social media time is taking over your life. Instead of resolving in your mind that you will not use it at all and then going right back to it when you get bored, you would delete the apps altogether. Keeping them out of sight keeps them out of mind as well.

The same thing goes for food. Health specialists or anyone who has tried to eat healthily will tell you that the way to eat healthily is by not purchasing unhealthy foods. When it is late at night and you want a snack, it is easy to reach for the nearest junk food, but if you keep healthy snacks in the cupboard, you will only be able to eat healthy snacks. It makes it harder to eat the bad stuff.

Of course, with this type of method, you are still able to break the rules you have set. You are an adult and you are fully capable of reinstalling social media apps or eating the bad snacks by just going to a drive-through. But the point is that it makes it much harder to do this and therefore you have more time to really think about if this is something you should be doing, instead of just running to it easily because it’s second nature.  

7. Break the Task Up

This next suggestion is truly the best possible option for beating procrastination. Breaking the task up into small, manageable chunks gives you a sense of success every time you complete one. The main reason people find it hard to get started on a task is usually that they have trouble just getting started. That’s why it’s important to make it as easy as possible to simply start.

Tell yourself that you will clean the room that is so messy for five minutes straight. Set a timer and stick to it. You’ll be amazed how much you get done in that five minutes when you’re motivated by the small gap of time. I know people who say that they can clean the entire house in 10 minutes but it will sit around with it messy for days when they think about how overwhelming it is to clean over long periods of time. Guests coming over will motivate them to do it quickly, and that chunk of time is their lifesaver.

Writers break their work up into small increments as well very commonly. For me, I will set a 25-minute timer and write 250 to 500 words depending on the topic in that period of time. A task that looks so overwhelming and as it would take me all day can get done in two or three hours (depending on my word count) if I use this method. Different people call it different things. Some call it time blocking, others call it the Promenade Effect.

The amount of time you set is really up to you because different tasks require different lengths of time. But when you start implementing breaking up hard tasks into small chunks, you will see how effective it is to set a small amount of time for a task that you dread and swore would take a long amount of time. You can get so much done in a small period of time when you’re motivated by time!

Many entrepreneurs, influencers, work from home professionals, freelancers and contracted workers, as well as high-level executives, break their work up into days. They schedule a full day for let’s say writing, another for podcasting, another for editing, and another for checking emails and creating schedules and routines. This allows them to do whatever job it is well instead of trying to cram everything into each day. This helps to keep up consistency and it brings a lot of motivation.

Another example would be to create a cleaning schedule. Bathrooms on Monday, laundry on Tuesday, so on and so forth. No matter what work you are trying to get done, you can accomplish it if you set sustainable goals.

8. Know Your Limits

Knowing what your limits are will keep you from burning out or getting to a point of exhaustion. Set schedules and time limits for the taxing task. A lot of the reason for procrastination is because we have gone overboard in the past and are scared that we will get to that point again in the future. Don’t overwork yourself or overwork a task, just know your limits and make sure that you set them well.

9. Don’t Multitask- It’s a Trap

Multitasking is a killer. Isn’t it crazy that we did not always know the effects it had on our work and life? Decades ago, multitasking was all the rage. Every expert and amateur in the business would suggest multitasking. It used to be taught that with multitasking, we get more done in less time. People used to believe that it would make you extremely productive. But as time has gone on and we have gotten smarter as a culture, we have learned that multitasking is actually not as great as we think it is.

It can actually be a great step back in getting stuff done, especially when you struggle with procrastination. Multitasking adds on a lot of pressure to do a lot of things but not to do any single one well. Instead of multitasking like you may have been taught, focus on one task at a time so that you are not overwhelmed. Once you are done, move onto the next. Single-tasking is a system that will make you productive. Doing it all at once can lead to a lot of mistakes as well as having a hard time starting, because of how overwhelming doing too many things at once is.

10. Use Routines as Triggers

When we hear the word trigger, we often don’t think of anything very good. I know for me, a trigger has a lot to do with mental health and past trauma when I hear it because I have spent a lot of time in the psychology world. But triggers can also be really good things depending on what they are.

For instance, I read 30 minutes before bed every single night. Even if I’m not tired at all, reading triggers me to get drowsy and it tells my body that it’s bedtime. It allows the melatonin to flow, keeps me away from being on my phone, it reminds me that I’m about to fall asleep in a few minutes. This has been very helpful to someone who has struggled to sleep all her life until she implemented this.

Another way to trigger yourself is to work in the same place every single day. Whether that’s an office, the kitchen table, one specific coffee shop, or wherever else you decide to work, working in the same place every day makes it so that when you sit down in your chair in that location, you are mentally and physically ready to get started. A common trigger that you may know well is coffee.

For many people, when they wake up, they immediately drink coffee to start the day. Coffee wakes them up and gets them motivated. It’s a task-driven trigger, even if we don’t realize it, for many of us. Set up some triggers. Maybe you can think of a few, but you call them routines or habits. Whatever you decide to label it, setting up things in your day that remind you of the next thing you need to do is a great way to get your body into a rhythm.

11. Check It Off

Keeping schedules, to-do lists, and task lists are huge motivators for many people. Some people are not motivated at all by these and will easily skip over them. But those who are, usually Type A people, are greatly helped by keeping tasks in list form in order to check them off. You can use so many different tools in this day and age. Not only to set a list, but also to track your progress.

For me, keeping a calendar on my phone that has a list of things I need to do on that day that I can swipe to check off is useful. So is a good old to-do list that is handwritten. I even use a list to check progress for things like reading. I set a reading goal at the beginning of every year, and I have a system to log each book I read, keeping track of every single book and making sure that I hit the goal. 

It feels so good when you’re able to check something off of the list every single time you finish it. It gives a great sense of satisfaction, even for small or mundane tasks. The reason for this is because a visual cue allows the human brain to feel as if it is being highly productive. Productivity that you can see is a great motivator!

12. Find and Take Advantage of Peak Hours

A great method that helps me to be productive is to remind myself of my peak hours. For me, working on the hardest and most mentally taxing tasks before noon is always best. Once I hit about 1 pm, I get into a slump of sorts and just want to do the easier stuff. After 3 PM, my motivation is almost completely gone. Because I know that I do my best work before lunchtime, I get right to it the second that I get into my office space.

As a writer, the hardest thing that I do is writing and editing. There are millions of other small tasks that go into it. Sending emails and responding to them, learning how to operate blogs and websites, using social media and creating social content, all of these things are involved. But it is much easier for me to send an email than it is to write and edit. So I start with writing and editing and I try to get that chunk of work done in the hours before noon.

I also know that if I start earlier than 8 AM I will be drowsy and unproductive. That gives me five hours (8-1) to do the hard stuff and then the rest of my workday is spent doing the other tasks. After lunch, I take care of the details and the stuff that keeps my business running.

But not everyone is like me. I have friends and loved ones whose peak hours are late at night and I say more power to them! My husband is a songwriter and he does his best work late at night and no time before 5 or 6 pm. One friend of mine works from home, but she does not keep a normal schedule. She saves her entire day for hiking and other outdoor activities and works from 11pm-3am! We are all on different biological clocks and is important that we know exactly how ours works!

When are your peak hours? What schedule is your biological clock on? When are you most productive in the day and when are you least productive? Once you figure this out, you will be well on your way to daily success!

13. Get Good Accountability

Accountability is important for every area of life. No matter if it is in your work, parenting, marriage, or keeping up with your exercise goals. Having a friend or a mentor to report back to is one of the best ways to make sure that you stay on track. Whatever area you want to be more productive in, you can do this well if you have good accountability.

Find someone who you trust and who knows you well. Someone who knows your flaws and the areas where your week in getting it done. Then ask them to check in with you and make sure you’ve done it. This will help to push you to make whatever task you are pushing off till a later date one that you want to get done on time.

Accountability can be something as simple as you reporting to another person, but I can also be checking in with an app or with a record-keeping system. There are ways to be held you accountable without involving another human. But it is usually best to get accountability from another person who understands your areas of procrastination and your Achilles heel in doing the hard tasks.

14. Learn to Take Breaks

Sometimes all you need is to learn how to take a rejuvenating break. Learn a thing or multiple things that get you back into a good headspace to continue. For me, making sure that I take a lunch break, drink tons of water, and eat snacks throughout the workday helps me to stay focused. If I get hungry or thirsty, I tend to get unmotivated, which leads to procrastination and low productivity.

I make sure that my lunch break is at least half an hour to an hour. When you work from home or even in an office, it can be very easy to skip a lunch break in the name of being productive. But taking this time is not in vain. You can use it to rejuvenate you. Some people go for a short walk, listen to a podcast, call a friend, or do something else that really gets them motivated to complete the workday.

Taking breaks is not just something you should do in a work setting. It is also something that can help you when you were cleaning or cooking or helping your kids with homework. Learning when to take a break means that you do not get yourself to a point where you cannot focus and in turn procrastinate.

Learning how to break and rest is a skill that can be hard for some. Especially if you are a workaholic or really invested in whatever you do, it can be hard to learn to take days off or vacation or take a lunch break. But it is the best way to break the procrastination issue, because you will not have an excuse to procrastinate. Learn to take regular breaks. 

Final Thoughts on Procrastination Quotes

You can read through the procrastination quotes all day long and learn every single one of the tips that the best in the business give. But if you are not following through, you will stay in a stuck space of procrastinating your life away. Don’t fall into this trap!

Once you get the hard stuff done, you’ll feel so much better and be able to move on with your day and your life. Get into a habit of breaking your procrastination habits and working towards your goals every single day. We hope this article helps you to learn something new, and more importantly, we hope you begin implementing all that you learned into your life.

“The worst form of procrastination is reading a procrastination quote, feeling the guilt and not doing anything about it.” ~Anonymous

Go forth and be productive.

 

Procrastination Good or Bad?

Procrastination is worryingly common and extremely damaging to most of the working and studying population – or is it? Depending on how you approach it, it is one of the main causes of low self-esteem and, in the worst cases, depression. In other cases, it is the springboard to creativity and getting more done. You get to decide what this habit creates for you.

procrastination books

There are many ways to overcome or approach this habit of delaying and get your work done, and avoid stress and self-deprecation. Motivation is the key when you’re planning to re-evaluate your ways and how you think about Procrastination. Obviously the motivation or inspiration you are seeking in the moment is missing or the fear you feel or the pain you are experiencing is greater than the motivation – talking you into waiting, pushing it off or not doing that dreaded task at all. The best and motivation comes from within yourself, however, more often than not, we have to settle for the outside motivation with the consequences of not getting it done. Here are some resources to inspire you, provide you methods, tips and tools as well as new ways to think about and approach this habit. If nothing more it will be a nice diversion.

Procrastination TEDx Talks

1.  Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator by Tim Urban

In this witty and informational TED Talk, Tim Urban brings an anecdotal attitude to the common yet irritating problem of procrastination. Both hilarious and educational, the few minutes of his talk will bring relatable content for serial procrastinators, but also a further understanding of their own habits and an incentive to quit them for a more productive and healthier lifestyle.

2.  An End to Procrastination by Archana Murthy

90% of teenagers are struck with procrastination. Procrastination creates a cycle of stress and anxiety. Archana Murthy shares her understanding of procrastination and its hold on her life. She talks about the types of procrastinators. She provides a solution that works for her, maybe it will work for you too.

3.  The vaccination for procrastination by Bronwyn Clee

Procrastination is the source of wasted time and energy. Bronwyn Clee provides 5 steps to put procrastination behind you and your procrastination.

4.  Procrastination is the key to problem-solving by Andrea Jackson

Head down and bum up productivity is demanded from today’s society. She has suffered from the guilt of procrastination until she realized it is a necessity to her creativity. Procrastination is not the enemy of success and achievement. So embrace productive procrastination.

5. The fundamentals of procrastination by Neel Deshpande

An 11th grade teenager on Procrastination. He provides quick tips and tricks guide to making your day-to-day business much more efficient.

Procrastination Podcasts:

  1. 5 Strategies to Conquer Procrastination by Jeff Sanders

This open-minding episode of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast is one of Jeff Sanders’ best ones so far, and not only because it tackles this universal problem. The five strategies shared by Sanders during the episode are straightforward, simple, and, most importantly, doable. With a motivational attitude and relatable anecdotes, this episode is definitely worth listening to if you want to bring positive changes into your life.

  1. Iprocrastinate Podcast

This podcast is sponsored by the Procrastination Research Group (PRG, who have been researching procrastination for over 20 years. The research comes from around the world with an aim to seek an understanding why we become our own worst enemy at times with needless, voluntary delay.

  1. Procrastination on NPR

Can procrastination make you more productive? Procrastination expert Timothy Pychyl and self-professed “structured procrastinator” John Perry discuss the latest research on this type of behavior and how to prioritize what’s really important.

  1. Stop procrastinating now

This podcast assumes you know what do and how to do it, your challenge is that you just don’t do it. I talk about that in my programming. This podcast is dedicated to mastering your mindset and getting around those excuses.

Procrastination Books:

10. Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now by Jane B. Burka
Burka is an expert in procrastination and she will change your outlook on your lazy and time-wasting ways. Whether you are a student, a teacher, a researcher, a doctor or simply someone trying to get a project done, this book is perfect for you. From an in-depth explanation of procrastination and its effects on the mind, to an attack plan to fight it, Burka’s book is the read that will change your way of looking at your own life.

11. The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done by Dr. Piers Steel (2010-12-16)

Piers Steel is considered as the leading expert on procrastination. He shares in his most popular piece of work all of his knowledge on procrastination and how to fight against it. The Procrastination Equation brings real psychological research into your daily lazy decisions, explaining the depth of the reasons why you put off important tasks and actions and waste precious time daily.

12. The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing by John Perry
John Perry shares his theory about Procrastination. Perry feels that he is more productive due to his procrastination so many other things get done in the procrastination process. He always gets the procrastination project done but also a host of other smaller projects and tasks that otherwise might not have gotten the attention if he was so focused in the original task.

Check out my interview with John Perry on iTunes.

13. The Procrastination Cure: 21 Proven Tactics For Conquering Your Inner Procrastinator, Mastering Your Time, And Boosting Your Productivity! by Damon Zahariades

Do tasks build up and create overwhelm and frustration for you. Is this an ongoing challenge? Is procrastination affecting you and those around you? Good news! There is a cure! There are 21 proven tactics to boost productivity and do away with the procrastinator you once were.

Now you have a better insight into how to beat procrastination and boost productivity. You have been able to reflect on how the habit of procrastinating impacts you, how to use it to your advantage and how to avoid it and get around or breakthrough your procrastination.

Share with us your favorite resource or distraction.

10 Social Media Alternative Options to be More Productive

Social media is known to be a productivity killer. The average person will spend more than five years of their lives on social media, according to a study by influencer marketing agency Mediakix. That is derived from the daily usage figures below.

While there are alternative options, why do we turn to social media?

Some people are on social media to promote their businesses, but I see three major reasons we reach for social media. They are there to procrastinate from work or look for solace and connection.

Let’s examine each one.

1. Boredom:
If you aren’t clear what you are doing next why not jump into a social media app and read something to pass the time. People are not happy with down time so we seek stimulation. If we are waiting in line – check social media, stuck on hold- check social media, even in the bathroom-check social media. Sad but true.

Here are some more productive alternatives to fight off boredom and boost your energy and focus when you return.

1. Go for a walk in nature:
Getting out of your day-to-day environment and into nature is a great way to get your body moving, change your breathing and energize your mind.

2. Drink a glass of water:
As simple as it is, getting up and getting a glass of water changes your chemistry to break the pattern of thought you were having so that when you come back you can be in a different state of mind.

3. Learn/enhance a skill:
If you want a productive break, take the time to learn a new skill that will support reaching your goals faster or fulfill a personal desire with something you love.

4. Medivate:
I made up this new word to combine the benefits of clarity and focus of both meditation and motivation. The definition is to focus ones mind during deep breathing for a period of time on something inspirational that that creates intensity, direction, and persistence.

Two of my favorites from Tony Robbins are: https://www.tonyrobbins.com/priming-exercise/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smhzRqHkpZs

2. Need Inspired:

Just seeing a picture on social media may inspire you for a new meal idea for dinner or a moment but it isn’t enough to inspire you to consistently eat healthier and make a long term change in your life for the better.

When we need a boost of motivation to

Here is what I do to inspire myself:
1. Go outside into nature:
Getting out into nature is a great way to get your mind clear and open you up to new ideas. When we are in nature and move our body we can tap into more creativity. Stop doing if you want to get creative and inspired.

2. Watch a TED talk:
There are so many great TED talks available across various different topics. Who and What inspires you? Find talks from those people or topics and get a deeper boost of inspiration. Here is one I did a few months ago, perhaps it will inspire you. http://bit.ly/energyofthought

3. Listen to Music:
Music can be a beautiful inspiration and it isn’t really doing anything so you are also giving your mind a rest so you can recharge your energy reserves towards what you need to do afterward.

4. Connect to your goals:
When you connect to your goals and really appreciate why they are important to you, you can re-ignite your inspiration

For more check out this site https://tinybuddha.com/blog/50-ways-to-find-inspiration-create-explore-expand/

3. Seeking Connection:

One of our basic needs as a human is to connect with others. We know that babies die if they are not held after birth. We all have a deep seeded need to belong to a group and feel like we matter

One way of feeling like we belong is to click that picture that others have clicked. My peeps. We share a common interest. That isn’t the best form of connection but it is fast and easy and out brains are always looking for fast and easy. The greater the intensity of emotion the higher the connection. Of course, you want to seek a positive experience creating a positive connection.

Here are a few more productive ways to create connection for ourselves that is deeper and richer than social media provides us.

1. Compliment people
When we receive compliments it makes us feel good. Why not take a break and walk around passing out compliments and see that it doesn’t only feel good to get compliments but to give them as well.

2. Pet some animals
There is something peaceful in animals that bring out our unconditional love. It doesn’t matter that we haven’t met this animal before, you give this animal your love and attention and they give it back in return. There is a reason animals are supporting people with stress emotional disorders, they have a healing nature about them.

3. Wow someone
Someone coined the expression “Giving is living”. When you give or do something special for someone, it makes them feel good and you feel good too! Start giving more and bring more energy to everything you do.

Turning to social media isn’t always the best chose for one of these needs. The reason being is it still requires a lot of stimulation at a time we need to recharge. Time management tips can also be about what to do in your free times, breaks and transitions to better manage your energy when you are working. When you want to recharge energy your best source is not going to be with further stimulation with social media but focus on rejuvenation of the mind, body, and spirit.

5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

Business man figuring a way to stop procrastinating

Would you be surprised to know that our brain is wired to support procrastination? It is. Your brain simply wants to avoid pain at all costs. It is painful to doing something boring, work that you aren’t connected to, something you don’t see the value in, a difficult conversation and so on.

It is the discomfort that we perceive that keeps us from actually doing it.

The avoidance continues until the pain is greater not to do the task because the consequence are more dire.

Let’s not confuse someone who gets things done and assume they are not procrastinators. Some people accomplish an amazing amount of work, just not the tasks that they’ve been procrastinating on. Perhaps they are completing the least most important or urgent tasks that they need to get done. You know who you are.

It reminds me of an interview I did with John Perry around his book The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing.

He actually argues that procrastinators get more done because they put things off. They accomplish a whole host of other tasks while they’re procrastinating and then due to the pressure of putting things off they also accomplish the thing that they been procrastinating on. Really…

John speaks of celebrating his accomplishments from his checklist that is primarily made up of things already completed and includes getting out of bed and making himself a cup coffee. Click here for more from John Perry

AND thеrе are реорlе whо think thаt thеу аrе рrосrаѕtinаtоrѕ but thеу асtuаllу аrе not. Just bесаuѕе thеу do nоt have thе аbilitу tо ѕеt rеаliѕtiс goals for thеmѕеlvеѕ аnd they do nоt ассоmрliѕh thеir ‘tо-dо’ list in a single dау – does NOT make them a procrastinator. They just need to learn to plan better and set more realistic goals and milestones.

Also, let’s not confuse people who set priorities as procrastinators. There will always be more to do what’s possible to get done and therefore Setting priorities isn’t everyday reality. It doesn’t mean that we are procrastinating on getting certain tasks done, it simply means these tasks are not the highest priority.

Of course, you need to look at the various different options of how to accomplish those tasks in another way. But at the end of the day, if it isn’t the highest priority, it doesn’t get done. Often these people overwork themselves into probable burnout as opposed to learning how to Let go of the attachment of lower priority items, learn to communicate and set better expectations with others and yourself. If you work in an emergency room- It isn’t just first come first serve it is the more critical cases first. Because this rule system is already established, doctors and nurses don’t stress over it. They just go ahead serving who ever is next and focusing to the best of their ability on one case at a time.

Habitual procrastinators experience fееlings ѕuсh аѕ guilt, shamefulness, inadequacy, ѕеlf-сritiсiѕm, lоw self-esteem and ѕtrеѕѕ. The more times we make excuses the more acceptable those excuses become. That is the vicious cycle and we tend to feel those unproductive emotions that also keep us from taking action.

For some it’ѕ a fruѕtrаting habit and for others it is they revel in it and wear it like a badge of honor.

No matter what you are telling yourself, procrastination keeps you from the very things you want such as bigger deals, financial security, a loving imitate relationship, joy and happiness, health and wellness, spiritual connection and more.

Hоw саn you brеаk the viсiоuѕ cycle thаt рrеvеntѕ you from асhiеving mоrе? Start with awareness.

  1. Change your Self-talk
    What are the excuses you used to use? Write them down and diѕсоvеr hоw it аffесtѕ уоu, When you hear yourself say them to yourself, say “NO”. Rе-рrоgrаm уоur brain frоm the excuses or negative ѕеlf-tаlk to positive productive self-talk.
    Try rерlасing it with positive statements to move you to action such as “just do it”, “What is next?”, “5-4-3-2-1 gеt started” This last one is a brilliant, simple Trick from Mel Robbins: The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage. Her 5 Second Rule is a simple strategy that has impacted millions of people worldwide.
  2. Viѕuаlizе thе End frоm thе Bеginning                                                                                                                                                 You are the сrеаtоr of yоur оwn dеѕtinу. When you diѕсоvеr thе imроrtаnсе оf envisioning yourselves doing what you hаvе ѕеt оut tо dо, аll оf sudden it appears rеаl and асhiеvаblе. Create an imаgе of what it is likе tо complete a specific task or goal and see yourself on the other side of completion. Make the pleasure great enough to out weigh any initial pain (it is suggested a 3:1 ratio). Whаt bеnеfitѕ are уоu rеарing? What are уоu feeling when achieved? What is now true for you?
  3. Identify уоur Pеrѕоnаl or Prоfеѕѕiоnаl Gоаlѕ                                                                                                                              Set your SMART Goals (Specific, Measurable, Accountable, Realistic, and Time Driven. Know why they are important to achieve (previous point). Mаѕtеr the art оf brеаking big task intо ѕmаll раrtѕ, so уоu саn соmрlеtе thе tаѕk stress-free. Schedule time for those important tasks to be sure you are continuously moving forward. This is the recipe for success.
  4. Make a Publiс Commitment                                                                                                                                                         Tеll ѕоmеоnе сlоѕе tо уоu thаt you hаvе tо complete a ѕресifiс tаѕk аnd thеу can hоld уоu ассоuntаblе, by dоing ѕо I guаrаntее it will givе you the pressure уоu nееd to kеер gоing. Yоu wоuldn’t wаnt tо lеt them down so this will offset the pressure of the pain that might make you procrastination. Consider it an insurance policy.
  5. Stаrt right now                                                                                                                                                                                                      If in doubt, do it first. Doing it now will create momentum. This is an important ingredient to breaking your old behavior and speed your success. Discipline уоurѕеlf to use time wiѕеlу аnd рriоritizе. You will see it was easier than you thought. An immediate start mоvе you frоm рrосrаѕtinаtоr tо producer.  Nike is best known for the slogan “Just do it”.
  6. Rеviеw your progress                                                                                                                                                             Aсknоwlеdgе your ассоmрliѕhmеntѕ аnd monitor уоur рrоgrеѕѕ, this hеlрѕ уоu ѕее that уоu are mаking progress in exchange will еnсоurаgе уоu to continue tо fосuѕ on уоur gоаlѕ as wеll аѕ build соnfidеnсе. Mоѕt importantly уоu will сrеаtе and mаintаin whаt I саll ѕuссеѕѕ cycle. If уоu аrе feeling dерrеѕѕ,ѕаd, unѕuссеѕѕful оr juѕt down right lоѕt. This ѕtер will save уоur livе аnd give you thе motivation уоu nееd tо PUSH forward. Yоu аrе growing and lеаrning tо ensure a successful futurе. Bе patient!

Finаl Thought                                                                                                                                                                                                           Whеn уоu fоllоw these time management tips, you will see thаt thе thingѕ you set out to do are nоw ѕuddеnlу еаѕiеr tо асhiеvе. These time management tools will help уоu сrеаtе new HABITs thаt will сhаngе уоur lifе in so many wауs.

Nоw thаt уоu have еmbrасеd сhаngе, gone from dеniаl tо awareness tо соmmitmеnt tо finаllу mаking it happen уоu will bе оn your way to bесоming ѕtrоngеr, brаvеr, mоrе diѕсiрlinеd, mоrе driven, mоtivаtеd аnd mоrе focused. With this, you will not only achieve your goals but FASTER!

 

Getting Unstuck By Timothy Butler

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We all have those points, impasses in our lives where we feel stuck. Getting stuck is easy, getting unstuck is not as easy. Timothy Butler teaches us how to better understand and identify being stuck and some practical exercises to get unstuck. His deep dives to describe real situations and insights was extremely valuable.

Getting Unstuck: How Dead Ends Become New Paths
by Timothy Butler

Focus: Health and Wellness – Healthy Mindset/Positive Outlook; Career – Career Change

Consider This:
• “Psychological impasse,” though unsettling and uncomfortable, is an important milepost in life.Dead_End_TOWWT
• Many people mistakenly regard an impasse as checkmate instead of an open door.
• From impasse, you can chart an entirely new vision and path.
• Most people do not move ahead in life in a straightforward, sequential manner.
• Established patterns and habits are comfortable, so people resist change.
• To embrace change and move valiantly ahead, you must let part of your old persona die.
• Consider all the options available to you; don’t let fear hold you back. You can get “unstuck.”
• Use an intuitive, not an analytical, approach to contemplating a new direction in life.
• Impasse must lead to choice, then action. Anything else is fantasy.
Never make a serious life change without first testing it out as thoroughly as possible.

What You Will Learn
You will learn:
1) Why psychological impasse is often needed to achieve a meaningful life turnaround;
2) How to use mental exercises to move beyond a frustrating impasse; and
3) How these exercises and other steps can help you chart a new, rewarding path.

Crisis Time
You are going along great, then suddenly everything blows up in your face. Maybe you got fired. You lost your money in the stock market. Whatever it is, you now are in deep crisis. Even if you haven’t been struck with a disaster, perhaps you’ve been feeling a deep sense of unease. You are not sure when, how or why, but you somehow made a transition from feeling happy to being worried and depressed. In short, something is wrong and you are not sure what it is. You are stuck in the mud and don’t know how to get out. You are scared to make a move. You are stuck and at an impasse. Mustering old strategies to deal with new emergencies is normal. You feel the need to act fast, somehow, whether it helps or not. But now is not the time for bold action. Don’t make a move. Slow down. This feeling is uncomfortable, but don’t turn away – and don’t be afraid of the impasse. In mythology, the dark can be useful. In the dark, your senses become more acute, so trust your senses and your intuition. Do not flee. Instead, embrace the impasse. See it as a portal out of the dark, and into a new, better life.

At a Standstill
You feel bewildered and perplexed. Impasse is a time to reflect, a time of self-examination and the needed prelude to growth. Without impasse, many people would continue to put one foot in front of the other, never trying new paths. But impasse stops people cold. It says, “Your old way hasn’t been working. Isn’t it time to try something new?” Be aware that change, in whatever form, will not come easy. Your ego will try to keep you fastened to your old habits. The ego hates change and will fight it. You can look closely at the old fears that rule your life – then find a way to move beyond them.

These ghosts and fears often represent the voices of people from our early lives: our parents, a sibling, a teacher, someone in authority. When their messages are negative, your task in life is to move beyond these voices. Putting those voices aside can take a lifetime, but you must do it. Unfortunately, most people cling to what they know, even if it is painful. Sigmund Freud called it the “superego.” By whatever name, it is the brake that stops you from trying new things. It tells you not to trust your instincts because they are worthless. But impasse is not a box. It is an open gate. You can go through it, and find a new and better “you” that didn’t previously exist.

Let It Go
An impasse is an epiphany. It enables you to put aside your “mental models,” to look at the world differently and to see new possibilities. The most effective way to do this is by using a mental exercise known as “free attention.” Sit straight but comfortably in a chair. Place your feet on the floor and your hands in your lap. Gaze straight ahead. Become aware of all of your sensations, internal and external. Focus only on them. Do not muster your feelings, thoughts and judgments. Let them develop spontaneously. Now, focus on your right hand, specifically, the palm. Don’t look at it. Focus your mind on it. You will become aware that thoughts and perceptions are interfering with your focus. Ignore them. Think only of your palm. Make it the entire world.

Now reorient to your right kneecap. Hold your attention there. Think about your breathing. Your breath is all there is. As you focus your attention, you may experience a sense of sadness or fear. Do not fight it. It is the ego, retreating from the new perceptual frontier you are creating. When you engage in free attention, you clear out a space for perceptiveness that is central to your being. In so doing, you can begin to sense that some of your thoughts aren’t valid. Free attention puts you directly in the here and now. It helps you become “unstuck” and shift to a new understanding of things. This impasse may be a sign that you have not been attentive to the primary tensions and themes in your life. Stop. See them for what they are. Smell the roses. Do not analyze your impasse experience. Trust your intuitive powers to help you discover a fuller, more all-encompassing meaning than anything provided by mere analysis.

Picture of dress shoes with Business Starts Here written aboveAnother way to get in better touch with yourself is the “100 jobs” mental exercise. It can help you identify your primal life themes, and is particularly good if you are at a career impasse. First, read through the following list of 100 jobs. Operating instinctively, select the dozen that interest you the most. You may find the idea of being a “music composer” exciting even if you have a tin ear. Rank your choices 1 through 12. Review your list for themes that encompass several of your choices. Try to find “dynamic tensions” in jobs that seem to be exact opposites. In a free attention mode, attempt to experience spontaneous images that develop as a result of listing these 12 jobs. Note all the images, themes and dynamic tensions that occur to you. Do not assign the images to categories. The point is to expand your understanding of the primary themes that affect you, in your work and your life. This enables you to understand your essence, what you hold most important, and what you find most engaging. Most crucial: It tells you about the self that awaits discovery.

The 100 jobs are: “1) marketing researcher; 2) child-care worker; 3) computer software designer; 4) sports coach; 5) manufacturing plant manager; 6) retail store salesperson; 7) social services professional; 8) high-tech products salesperson; 9) litigator; 10) psychotherapist; 11) retail store manager; 12) public relations professional; 13) advertising executive; 14) TV talk-show host; 15) theologian; 16) speech therapist; 17) newscaster; 18) secretary; 19) auto mechanic; 20) electrician; 21) entertainer; 22) optometrist; 23) actor; 24) hospital manager; 25) fine artist; 26) school superintendent; 27) product development team leader; 28) religious counselor; 29) financial analyst; 30) TV or film director; 31) personal finance advisor; 32) human resources director; 33) graphic designer; 34) economist; 35) business strategy consultant; 36) homemaker; 37) senior military leader; 38) CEO; 39) librarian; 40) R&D manager; 41) real estate developer; 42) music composer; 43) veterinarian; 44) ad copywriter; 45) manufacturing business senior manager; 46) nurse; 47) ship captain; 48) research sociologist; 49) information systems manager; 50) investigative reporter; 51) medical researcher; 52) CFO; 53) office manager; 54) police officer; 55) investment banker; 56) restaurant manager; 57) entrepreneur; 58) vacation resort manager; 59) electrical engineer; 60) high school teacher; 61) professor of political science; 62) theoretical physicist; 63) computer systems analyst; 64) fiction writer; 65) newspaper editor; 66) university professor; 67) military serviceperson; 68) diplomat; 69) venture capitalist; 70) military strategist; 71) logistical planner; 72) city planner; 73) accountant; 74) bank manager; 75) architect; 76) carpenter; 77) manufacturing process engineer; 78) firefighter; 79) marketing brand manager; 80) surgeon; 81) investment manager; 82) stockbroker; 83) director of nonprofit organization; 84) event planner; 85) administrative assistant; 86) credit manager; 87) elected public official; 88) motivational speaker; 89) mayor; 90) community charity president; 91) real estate salesperson; 92) professional athlete; 93) clerical worker; 94) foreign trade negotiator; 95) bookkeeper; 96) emergency medical technician; 97) statistician; 98) mutual fund manager; 99) proofreader; and 100) civil engineer.”

Your Passion Points
When you understand your primary interests and passions, you’ll do better at predicting what types of work environments, activities, lifestyles and people you would prefer. If you are at a professional impasse, consider your passions when planning which new job to pursue. Ten primary personality “archetypes” reveal a great deal about an individual: 1) “the engineer” likes to know how things work; 2) “the numbers cruncher” enjoys analysis; 3) “the professor” needs constant intellectual challenges; 4) “the artist” has to create; 5) “the coach” enjoys mentoring; 6) “the team leader” is comfortable managing people; 7) “the boss” likes to run the show; 8) “the persuader” uses ideas and cause us to lose language to influence others; 9) “the action hero” is a hands-on problem solver; and 10) “the organizer” tries to create order. These categories apply to jobs and life. They target dimensions of personality, passion and meaning. To be happy, to move beyond impasse, let your passions guide you. At a crossroads, listen for that interior voice that reminds you what you truly love. An impasse is a stressful time, but that is when the difficult task of self-assessment returns maximum dividends. If you know who you are and what you like, it is easier to know which direction to go in and what to do.

People, Achievement, Power
To some degree, you can determine what will make you happy by considering where you fall on the spectrum of the three “social motivators”: the need for accomplishment, the need for personal ties or the need for power. All three will apply, though one usually dominates. Are you an “Alpha” type who needs to be in control? Are relationships important? Is accomplishment your key? In short, know thyself. People often hit impasses because they are mismatched on the job or in life.

To understand yourself better and end an impasse, map the insights you have uncovered about your personality. Write a list of categories of life and career concerns. Capture highlights in each area: career and life interests, social motivations, plus the theme of the tensions in your life. List these categories, and then fill in the blanks as they apply so you can really understand the patterns in your life.

Self-knowledge is important to moving beyond an impasse. But you cannot move along if you are afraid to act. In fact, if you do not act, you will simply stay in the same mental quagmire that bedevils you now. The nature of your action depends on the problems that caused your impasse. Maybe, to get “unstuck,” you need to buy the building materials for your delayed construction project. Whatever it is, you must act, but do so intelligently. If you plan to pursue a new career, talk to as many people as you can who work in that field. If you want to move to a new city, travel there first to find out what it is like. Don’t make an uninformed decision. Trust your head and your heart.

Whatever form your personal action takes, it represents movement into unfamiliar territory. Now you can change based on the hard work you have done, the mental exercises you have applied, and the self-assessment you have undergone to learn about yourself and what makes you happy. Often the choice you make will be a hard one. Do not compromise. Be bold and brave. Make the decision that in your heart you know is right. An impasse is a door that you open to enter a brand new life. Open it.

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