Stop Procrastinating, Start Achieving
by Lisa Walsh - Coaching Psychologist
According to a recent poll 20% of the population are chronic procrastinators, does the following sound familiar:
"making a decision for no valid reason to delay or not complete a task or goal you've committed too, and instead doing something of lesser importance,despite there being negative consequences to not following through on the original task or goal."
If so you are probably a procrastinator.. but don't lose heart here are
5 Powerful Ways to Stop Procrastination in it's tracks:
1) Identify when you are substituting a lesser task in order to avoid the more important task you have committed too. This is a classic way that many of us procrastinate. If you struggle with this, I suggest you read Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy, who suggests that you start your day by doing the tasks you like least first, so you can then enjoy the rest of your day more.
2) Become aware of the reason behind your procrastination, is it because of fear? boredom? lack of energy? lack of interest? Sometimes it can be because we are simply in the wrong type of job. You need to enjoy your work and if you don't you need to start thinking about how you can or find a job that suits your skills better.
3) If you find yourself reading e-mails several times without starting work on them or deciding what you?re going to do with them, make a commitment to read them once and either respond to them or delete them. I have a client I coach that deletes his entire inbox monthly. He says that if it is that important they will email again or call and it frees him up for more pressing tasks. You may not want to do something that drastic, but do become aware of your inbox and allocate a set amount of time daily.
4)Spending too much time on social network sites at work or at home? Allow yourself a set amount of time daily or twice a day for fifteen minutes and then log off! Easier said than done, but I promise you that you will save so much time.
5)Set some goals. We can easily let time runaway from us and as the hours turn into days, weeks into months and then years we need to question what we want out of life and if indeed we are getting what we want. If you are not satisfied with your life, you are the only one that can change it. Make some clear goals that excite you. Then set a time when you want to achieve them by and work consistently towards those goals.
All successful people work towards goals, so have you written yours yet?
Lisa is a coaching psychologist and a mum of two young children. She is passionate about connecting people to the positive aspects of psychology. www.lisawalsh.org