It’s normal to procrastinate, everyone done it at some time or another. If we’re honest, we’d admit because we’ve procrastinated, we’ve missed opportunities, delayed outcomes, and caused other negative consequences. We didn’t mean to, it just happened.
If you’ve ever intentionally deferred acting on a goal or put off doing what needed to be done to realise your dream, get through a bunch of work, start eating healthy, start exercising, or take a bold new step, then you’ve most definitely procrastinated.
As you’ve experienced for yourself, the old saying, “You snooze, you lose,” is real.
Procrastination is a tough habit to overcome! Lucky for you, however, you can put procrastination in your past and move forward without having to worry about all those negative consequences again. New brain science is helping us to learn more and more about the influence we have to change our brain and therefore change our habits with more ease that ever before.
The key to real change - even for procrastinating - is changing your mindset. All our choices start with the mind. You can change your mindset by changing your thoughts. And what motivates your thoughts? Perception.
Perception is how you experience the world. Your thoughts all arise from your view of a circumstance, situation, or the world in general. But, did you know that you have more control over your world than you think. If you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you’re absolutely right.
Perception is everything. You can change your mind - and your life - by changing your thinking.
Today is a good day to change your thinking and stop procrastinating. Here’s how:
Decide that you want to change your mind. Start thinking differently about your goals, projects, and tasks. Think “urgency” and “opportunity.” This will cause you to connect to the benefits of pursuingactions with expedience.
Like Nike says, “Just Do It.” There is no time like the present to do what needs to be done. Whenever you think of procrastinating, redirect your thoughts to this short command. Let your mind hear it over and over. With time and practice, your mind will start to re-wire to use this new thought pattern from the start and starting things will become easier.
Avoid putting emphasis on the negative aspects. Thinking about all the things you don’t like about a task can cripple you from ever getting started on it. When you’re in this frame of mind, excuses have a way of flooding the mind and making you feel better about not working on the task. It’s the brain’s trick to find reasons why you shouldn’t do something.
Focus on the benefits instead. Seek out the brighter side of things. Think of the benefits you’ll receive by getting the task done early or on time. When you do this continuously, you’ll become more effective at getting yourself to go ahead and do what needs to be done. The more you practice, the better you’ll get.
Avoid discussing the project with those who will criticise it. Sadly, they’re only able to focus on the “what ifs,” and “all that could go wrong.” They can put you in a quandary about the task or project, which can delaying you or keep you from starting it at all. Let them own their own thoughts as it’s their way to justify why they don’t do things and has very little to do with your plans.
Procrastination is a strategy. And when you replace that strategy with a new strategy of getting things done a world of opportunities opens up for you and you find new energy in the midst of action.
When you stop procrastinating, you’ll experience the joy that comes from completing, succeeding, or achieving all the things you promised yourself you’d get done.
Releasing each and every action from the procrastination pile and putting it in the ‘aren’t I cleaver’ done pile will bring you the satisfaction of a job well done as you move on to your next task.
This is especially rewarding when you had previously put things off because you didn’t think you could do them. Feel the bliss now.
But look at you now! With your new thinking you’re all ready to go. It makes all the difference in the world.
Get started today!