Success Is Around The Corner, Just Past Procrastination


Procrastination is an evil beast.  Overcoming the urge to put things off can be a struggle for most people.  Even people who are extremely successful in their business and personal lives, have had to deal with the “Procrastination Monster” a few times in their lives. Learning to move past the distraction makes us more resilient the next time.  Discovering and practicing your skills to manage it, will lead you to success.

Distractions might appear to need immediate attention and your brain is going to try to convince you to deal with it now so that you can focus better later. Perhaps you feel that you need to tidy your desk, right this moment instead of typing up that report that is due.  Maybe it’s that load of laundry that you feel must go in right now, so you will have your favorite outfit to wear next week. Most activities can wait but it can be difficult to get the brain to change directions, especially the more you think about it.

Here are a few tricks you can use to fight off the urge to put off the things you need to do today, so you can have and do the things you dream of:

1.      In a highly visible area in your house, office, car, etc… post a list that clearly states what your goals are, how you are going to achieve them (if you know), when you would like to achieve them by and what will your life/world look like when you achieve it.  Vision boards are great for this as the brain responds quickly to visual stimulation, so make it BIG and BOLD.  When you see it, take an honest look at what you are doing to stay on track.  

**Just don’t get distracted by the creation of the list.  Make it simple!**

2.      Find an accountability partner to check in with.  This person can be working on the same kind of project or something completely different.  Look for a person who is willing to point out and give honest feedback if you start to slip and make excuses for not staying on task. 

If you are using a family member, make sure you discuss boundaries so any tensions that might arise (if you are being called out for procrastination) don’t cross into your personal lives.

3.      Make a list of distractions that have or could come up.  Beside each item, list an action plan for how you will address it.  Having a plan before the issue presents itself, prevents the brain from taking over and trying to solve the problem the moment it arises.  Enforce the plan the moment you recognize you are being distracted and carry on with the work that needs to be done. 

No one is perfect so don’t beat yourself up too much if you slip back into the distraction.  Make a mental note of how you could have avoided the situation, then get back to the task of achieving your goals!


Kandice LeafComment