Stop Procrastinating Now by Asking Some Key Questions

Not someday, NOW…

Can you really stop procrastinating now?

Not tomorrow, but now?

Well, today I’m here to tell you that there’s no better time than now. So let’s get started.

Do you find yourself rationalizing right now? What reasons do you give yourself for thinking that now is too soon?

How do you make it okay to put it off and maybe start tomorrow, or even the next day?

To stop procrastinating now, the most important step you can take is to realistically examine the role that procrastination has in your life.  So, your very first question needs to be, “Do I truly want to stop procrastinating?”

What pops into your mind when you ask yourself that?

Do you genuinely want to change this pattern? Or is your first thought something more like: “Everyone says that procrastination is a bad habit so stopping it is what I ‘should’ do?

Now, keep going…

No matter how you answered that first question, your next step is always to go deeper.

This brief exercise helps you get there.

  • Take at least 5 minutes of quiet time and think about the extent of procrastination in your life.  Be as concrete and specific as possible.  Write down whatever bubbles to the surface. Remember the tasks that you have put off.  Don’t be judgmental; just let yourself see the facts.

Not everyone is a procrastinator, but if you are, you need to be fully aware of its frequency and consequences.  Procrastination is one of the toughest behavior patterns to change, leaving behind a trail of failed diets, dusty treadmills, too-high credit card bills, and cluttered desks.

So, to stop procrastinating now, let’s go deeper, still …

  • Take another five minutes. Sit comfortably. Focus on the role that procrastination plays in your life. What “benefits” do you believe it provides?  Make sure you are completely honest with yourself. And again, don’t judge.

When you’re through, you’ll be able to rank the importance that stopping procrastination holds for YOU.  Use a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 – 2 meaning “not truly important, ” 4 – 5 meaning “very important” and 3 meaning “you are not sure.”

If you rank stopping procrastinating as 1-2, it isn’t a high priority, and this isn’t the time to make it a personal goal.

If your ranking came in as a 3, some more exploration will be helpful.  Is your motivation truly coming from you, or is it a ‘should’?  Do you think that successful people don’t procrastinate? Or do you believe others think less of you because you procrastinate?  If your motivation comes from outside of yourself you are likely to run into trouble with your follow-through.

If you ranked “stopping procrastinating” as a 4-5 then you are motivated and ready to take steps to make this change real.

To help you along the path, identify some cues that tell you when you are procrastinating?  Write them down and review then each morning.  As soon as you become aware that you are moving toward procrastination, you can take action to change that pattern for yourself.  And don’t forget to pat yourself on the back every time you make a choice to NOT procrastinate. That is really important.

As you can see, the key, if you want to stop procrastinating is to identify the source of your motivation.  When the desire for change comes from inside, you are much more likely to succeed in making the changes you want and need to!

Here’s more help for you…

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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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