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  • Writer's pictureShawndra Holmberg, CPO-CD

5 Strategies to Stop Procrastinating

'Easier said than done' you say. Certainly, but isn't it worth trying?

You may be procrastinating because you don't know where to start; you're scared of failing or even just trying; you may be worried that it won't be perfect; or maybe you feel overwhelmed with all you have to do. All are valid feelings, and here are ways that may help you move through your procrastination and accomplish what you really want.

Use Lists:

As you may have noticed, I wrote use lists not just make lists.

  • Make your list short. Three to five items at the most.

  • Add a maintenance or everyday items on it along with one 'to do' that will move you forward on that bigger, more important project.

  • Check it off, cross it out, or move it into the accomplished column.

Get Clear:

Clarify why that item or project is on your list.

  • Is it important to you?

  • Why do you want it on your list?

  • What is its priority?

  • What's the desired outcome when you accomplish that task.

Change Your Language:

  • Use could in place of should.

  • Want to is more empowering than have to.

  • If you say you choose to do something instead of you must, you are more likely to do it.

  • When you say you will, that is more affirming than try, wish, or like to.

  • And instead of saying you'll do it someday, give an actual day or time you want to accomplish it by. That makes your dream into a goal.

Next Step:

Identify the smallest, most doable step you can do in the next hour, day or week. Then take it; act on it; do it.

Keep asking what's the "next step?"

Identify your procrastination style:

A wonderful and amazingly helpful book is It's About Time! The 6 Styles of Procrastination and How to Overcome Them by Dr. Linda Sapadin with Jack Maquire.

Whether you use one of the above tips to help you through procrastination or another

strategy that works for you, have fun and enjoy life!

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried. author unknown


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