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How to Stop Being a Procrastination Pro

Procrastination is a big problem which causes you to waste your life and opportunities. I think there are a lot of people who are always going to be procrastinators, just like anything else. Why? Because not everyone is willing to make the effort. 

In order to change, you have to take risks and feel uncomfortable. Many people don't want to do either. I'm sure you've heard callers a million times on my show who say they've been going to therapy for 15, 20, and 25 years, but it hasn't helped. Unless you are willing to take risks and be uncomfortable, you are wasting your time and money in therapy. 

So, for those of you who are willing to take risks and be uncomfortable, I have some helpful tips to stop procrastinating:

Create your own workspace

Whether it's the corner of the room, garage, basement, attic, or closet, convert a space into a small workspace. Have your very own special environment that makes you feel relaxed.  

Clean and organize your workspace

The day before I start any big project, I completely clean and organize my workspace. That makes the space look inviting and comfortable, and transforms whatever I have to do into something easier to confront. Make this a ritual. Throughout human history, rituals have helped us face things, whether it's applying war paint or straightening up your area. 

Break it up into smaller steps 

Sometimes when you have to get something done, it may seem like climbing a humongous, overwhelming mountain. Take it one step at a time. Try to divide your task up into about 10 smaller steps. Then do 1-3 in one sitting, 4-6 in another, etc. Doing things in smaller steps is not procrastination; it's making a strategy that you have created yourself.  

Set a specific timeline 

By Thursday, you need to have ____ done. By Saturday, you must have ____ done. Etc.  

Eliminate distractions

Don't text or email while you're trying to focus. Don't punctuate your work with all of those little detours. 

Look to your friends  

Being around go-getters and hard workers is very inspiring. Maybe your buddy can do something with you, such as walks, squats, or push-ups. Even if you don't have the same goals, you can always check in with each other and hold each other accountable. 

Talk to someone who has done it before

Before you start anything new, it's good to speak with somebody who has done it before. Ask them what it was like. Oftentimes, something that was initially scary will now seem doable. 

Just do it

Overcomplicating or overanalyzing something to death is a common escape. It doesn't have to be perfect - just do it.

Tags: Attitude, Behavior, Job, Personal Responsibility, Tips
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