Procrastination Panic Doesn’t Have to Win Out — Try These Tips

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Don’t panic, you can do it…

Procrastination’s most famous mantra may have been best expressed by Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind when she said“I’ll think about it tomorrow.”

But they aren’t words that are limited to old Hollywood movies. Indeed, I’m guessing that most of us have at least thought, if not uttered, those words more than a few times.

And how often have you acted on the impulse to procrastinate, only to then be bothered by anxious dreams. You know the ones I mean — the ones where you find yourself suddenly confronted with a deadline that you’d been putting off?  Is that sinking feeling familiar?

Do’s and Don’ts

Today I want to share some tips for dealing with situations where you actually have been procrastinating.

These are tips that help when you find yourself confronted with a deadline that you’d been putting off. It’s a situation that none of us want to end up in, but it happens a lot, so here are some ideas for helping yourself.

Procrastination Don’ts

These are 5 things to NOT do when you find yourself on the precipice of  a deadline that you’d been procrastinating about:

1. DO NOT try to escape by leaving town, changing your identity, or purchasing a disguise. (This won’t work.)
2. DO NOT keep procrastinating.
3. DO NOT panic.
4. DO NOT berate yourself.
5. DO NOT give up.

It’s normal to have an initial response of some level of panic in this situation, but it’s crucial to minimize the time that you spend in that mode.

Remember that you always have choices about your response.  So, now pull yourself away from the “Don’ts” and turn toward the “Do’s.”  Taking action will get you on track and moving quickly toward your goal.

5 Things That Help

Here are 5 tips to move you through your project so that you stop procrastinating and meet your deadline:

1. DO create a boundary.
2. DO get your tools together.
3. DO define your task.
4. DO get started.
5. DO keep in mind that DONE is better than perfect!

One of the key things to remember is that DONE is better than PERFECT!  I often think that were we to remember this from the earliest stages of a task, procrastination would not be the issue that it can be.  Perfectionism and procrastination frequently go hand in hand, and if you’re putting off a task, you may want to step back and see what kinds of expectations you have for yourself.

If you feel critical, or hear yourself using the words “should” and “ought” you can be pretty sure that perfectionism is in play and getting in your way.  But many of us give messages like that to ourselves all the time.

How does perfectionism play a role in your procrastination?  Try countering it with the notion that “Done is better than perfect.”  Does that help?  How do you manage these challenges for yourself?

Here’s another thing that helps…

If procrastination holds you back, you’re certainly not alone. Millions of people struggle with this energy draining time thief. Procrastination’s costs include lost productivity, lost income, lost opportunities, frazzled nerves and damaged relationships.

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“I Don’t Know Where to Start!” unmasks this time thief with exercises to help you identify your own unique brand of procrastination. And it provides insights to help you successfully address what you discover.

That’s the good news! You really can make conscious choices about your time and how to use it. And you really can change old habits and patterns. Using the tools and skills you’ll learn in “I Don’t Know Where to Start” you’ll get started and keep going!

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Let’s explore time together …

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