When Procrastination Eats Your Time, This Helps

Procrastination eats your time
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If procrastination eats your time you’re not alone.

Indeed, losing time to procrastination is a common and extremely frustrating human experience.

Despite your best intentions, there are always a few tasks that just seem to never get done.  They bounce along on your to-do list from one day to the next.

And yes, they eventually provoke guilt, anxiety, and frustration.  They remain stubbornly undone, while insidiously sapping your energy and making you feel out of control.

A fresh approach to procrastination

When you run into this situation (and who hasn’t) how about trying a fresh approach? Are you up for making those tasks you avoid much more manageable?

Rather than being hard on yourself and activating your inner critic, try lowering the stakes to jump-start your initiative.

When you try to push past your resistance by threatening yourself with drastic repercussions if you don’t toe the line, you often stifle your energy and incentive even more. Goading yourself with impatient threats seldom yields positive results.

Here’s an analogy…

If someone asked you to walk along a narrow, 12-inch wide path in a garden, you wouldn’t hesitate and you’d do it easily.

But what if that same person were angrily or urgently shouting at you to walk a 12-inch plank across a raging river? The width of your path is the same. But, in this case, the danger and the heightened stakes might well keep you frozen on the bank.

So, to recognize moments when procrastination eats your time, pay close attention to your self-talk. And also pay attention to how you respond.

Then remember that you have choices. You can refuse to punish and paralyze yourself with threats. In fact, the next time you are tempted to threaten or criticize yourself, try this: Picture yourself catching that negativity easily, as if it were a beach ball. Then just toss it aside.

And keep going with this…

Next, use your imagination to envision a Plan B, in case you run into problems with your project.  Assuring yourself that you will land on your feet, regardless, helps you re-approach the task with confidence. Accomplishing even a small portion of the job will help you move forward and build from success to success.

I’d love to hear how it goes for you as you lower the stakes, let go of pressure, and move through procrastination, so leave a comment here, or drop me a line.

This helps, too.

If procrastination eats your time and 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.

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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