It happens to all of us… Procrastination.
Am I procrastinating in writing this post because the Carly Simon song Anticipation keeps coming to my head. And how easy it would be to replace anticipation with procrastination:
Anticipation or Procrastination
Is making me late
Is keeping me waiting
Okay, time to push Carly out of my head and write this post.
We procrastinate over the things that we fear normally. We procrastinate over change. And losing weight and living a healthy life are huge areas of procrastination.
So let me help you; here are 7 methods to beat procrastination.
#1: Beat Procrastination By Breaking It Down Into Bite Size Pieces
What often happens is, we take on one huge task and we feel overwhelmed. We put it off because it seems like a mountain. But if we break that mountain down into small hills, we can manage to defeat each hill and before we know it, we are on the top of Mount Everest.
So you know you need to lose 30 pounds in 1 month.
Wow, that’s a lot. I think I will have a cupcake and procrastinate on that.
Let’s break it down… It’s simple.
You can discard 1 pound every day, starting with the cupcake. Get out and exercise daily and change your diet. 1 pound per day is easy.
You CAN do it!
#2: Beat Procrastination By Focusing On One Important Task
Another cause of overwhelming sensations is having too much on your plate (yes, that helps you not lose weight too).
No matter where your procrastination lies, you need to pick one task at a time and carry through with it until completed. Then you start the next task.
If you are trying to multitask, you will overwhelm yourself and procrastination will sneak in.
Remember, you need to prioritize. Putting off one task to complete another is not procrastinating, it is being wise with time management.
#3: Beat Procrastination By Knowing Why You Are Procrastinating
Procrastination normally comes upon us for 1 of 4 reasons:
- Our skill sets: We say yes to doing and then we realize we don’t have the proper skills or talents. We are scared we will get it wrong. The way to overcome this is by reading or finding someone who does have the skills and allowing them to mentor us.
- The task seems unpleasant: Throughout life, there are some things we have to do we will not like. The best way to handle this is not by procrastinating but by following the Nike plan… Just Do It!
- Overwhelmed: It seems like too much! Beat it by asking for help.
- Being disorganized: The best way to overcome this procrastination reason is by planning and using to-do lists.
#4: Beat Procrastination By Not Beating Yourself Up
Okay, so you have discovered you have been procrastinating. Is dwelling on it going to fix the problem?
We all have procrastinated!
The people who are able to move past it and forgive themselves are the people who have success.
#5: Beat Procrastination By Finding The Best Environment
Sometimes we put ourselves in the wrong place to achieve what we want to get done.
So you are trying to do your exercises but the kids are playing X-Box and your husband is watching television.
The distractions can pull you out of the exercise “zone.”
Maybe you should find a quieter place in the house where you can be free to exercise while the family is doing “their thing.”
#6: Beat Procrastination With Positive Affirmations
Believe me, it is hard to procrastinate when everything around you is positive.
Start your day with a positive affirmation:
- I feel great today!
- It is going to be a great day!
- Nothing will beat me today!
Go through your day speaking positive affirmations every 1-2 hours. I bet you won’t procrastinate!
#7: Beat Procrastination With An Accountability Partner
This is a great way to stop procrastination in its tracks. Find a person you trust and who will hold you accountable. Tell that person your goals and how you plan to meet them. Ask them to hold you accountable.
Be it a phone call, text message or visit in person, you will feel embarrassed if you procrastinate and your accountability partner discovers it.
You know, this post made me forget about the Carly Simon song and suddenly have this song by American Authors in my brain… Best Day Of My Life
I had a dream so big and loud
I jumped so high I touched the clouds
I stretched my hands out to the sky
We danced with monsters through the night
I’m never gonna look back
Woah, never gonna give it up
No, please don’t wake me now
This is gonna be the best day of my life
This is gonna be the best day of my life
Yea, it’s going to be a great day.
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