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Is your procrastination related to a project?
or is it a habit?
To remedy procrastination:
- Begin with one, modest project
- Answer these basic questions
- Keep the answers before you as you mark your progress
What do you want to do?
- What is the final objective, the end result?
It may be obvious, or not
- What are the major steps to get there?
Don’t get too detailed: think big
- What have you done so far?
Acknowledge that you are already part of the way,
even if it is through thinking!
The longest journey begins with a first step
Why do you want to do this?
- What is your biggest motivation?
Do not concern yourself if your motivation is negative!
This is honest and a good beginning.
However, if your motivation is negative,
re-phrase and re-work it until it is phrased positively
- What other positive results will flow from achieving your goal?
Identifying these will help you uncover
benefits that you may be avoiding: Dare to dream!
List out what stands in your way
- What is in your power to change?
- What resources outside yourself do you need?
Resources are not all physical (i.e. tools and money),
and include time, people/professionals/elders, even attitude
- What will happen if you don’t progress?
It won’t hurt to scare yourself a little…
Create a simple “To Do” list
This simple program will help you identify a few tasks, the reason for doing them, a timeline for getting them done, and then printing this simple list and posting it for reminders.
Develop your plan, list
- Major, realistic steps
A project is easier when it is built in stages;
Add detail and complexity as you achieve and grow
- How much time each will take
A schedule helps you keep a progress chart
and reinforce that there are way-stations on your path
- What time of day, week, etc. you dedicate yourself
to work. This helps you
develop a new habit of working,
build a good work environment, and
distance distractions (It is much easier to enjoy your project when distractions are set aside.)
- Rewards you will have at each station
and also what you will deny yourself until you arrive at each station
- Build in time for review
Find a trusted friend, elder, or expert to help you
motivate yourself or monitor progress
- False starts and mistakes as learning experiences
They can be more important than successes,
and give meaning to “experience”
- Distractions and escapes
Do not deny they exist, but deny their temptation
Admit to frustration when things don’t seem to be going right
Admit that you have had a problem, but also that you are doing something about it
See yourself succeeding
Finally, if procrastination is a habit of yours:
Focus on the immediate task and project, and build up from there.
Each journey begins with one step.