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ProcrastinationListApril is Procrastination Awareness month, so this month I’ll be focusing on things that will help you beat procrastination. Procrastination can be a real problem and can have a big impact on your business and your life if it’s not remedied.  We all put things off from time to time, but if it’s something that you do on a continual, regular basis, then it’s safe to say that you’re a procrastinator.  If you’re a procrastinator you are probably paying a very high cost for putting things off and have been doing so for a long time.  Procrastination has cost you time, money and may have even had an impact on your image or what people think of you.

My April time & Space Radio broadcast was about the thief of time.  I talked about the Procrastination Tree™, it’s roots, branches and fruit and outlined a way for you to get the big picture so that you can see how procrastination looks in your life.  More importantly, I shared some concrete steps that you can implement immediately to get on the road to getting rid of this nasty little habit once and for all.   Give the broadcast replay a listen and get present to the true effect that procrastination is having on your business and your life.  You’ll also learn the missing piece when it comes to getting rid of procrastination and you’ll have an opportunity to take the first steps toward eliminating it.  Don’t you think it’s time you stop putting things off and paying the high cost for doing so?  Then click here and get going now!

 


So, we all know what procrastination is.   The word itself is of Latin origin from the word crastinus meaning “of tomorrow”.  Procrastinators are in favor of castinating, or putting off until tomorrow, believing that there is time to do particular things tomorrow, although there’s time to do it during the current day.  They typically look for distractions and follow that path to keep from doing what’s at hand.

How many times have you found yourself faced with a task to complete, the time and tools to do it, but instead you look for something else to do?  Some procrastinators tell themselves and others that they work better under pressure, so they wait until the last minute to get something done and often tell themselves that the task they are avoiding is not important so that they can try to escape the guilt that comes along with procrastination.  I’m sure that you may already be relating first hand to what I’m saying, and it’s perfectly all right.

Here’s a fun look at procrastinators:

The Procrastinator’s Creed

  • I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.
  • I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses.
  • I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.
  • I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.
  • I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.
  • I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle, though infinitesimally small, is not exactly zero.
  • If at first I don’t succeed, there is always next year.
  • I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.
  • I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.
  • I obey the law of inverse excuses which demands that the greater the task to be done, the more insignificant the work that must be done prior to beginning the greater task.
  • I know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish, but is wait/plan/plan.
  • I will never put off tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.
  • I will become a member of the ancient Order of Two-Headed Turtles (The Procrastinator’s Society) if they ever get it organized.
  • I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect from missing them.

~Author Unknown
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Seriously though, we all procrastinate at some point in time on something and we’re all familiar with this scenario:  You put off doing something and probably have absolutely no idea of how long it takes to do the task you’re putting off.  You can end up living in chaos simply because you’re putting off something that will take you just a short time to do.  For some, procrastination can be chronic.  When we procrastinate constantly, we give up our power.  Getting rid of procrastination allows you to get your power back.  It’s easy to try what I call the “surface solutions”.  They work temporarily, but just when you think you’re headed in the right direction, you’re right back where you started from.

How would you like to have a program that gave you access to the means for getting rid of your procrastination?  A program that would have you work on multiple levels to leave behind this not so supportive habits?   A solution that will let you stop paying the ever-day cost of putting things off?  If so, then take advantage of my B’Day special and get my Procrastination Annihilation program that regularly goes for $197 for just $67 Just click this link and you’ll be on your way.

 

 


The first audio in this series gave you a look at the Face of Procrastination.  This next audio takes things a step further and looks at what I call the Procrastination Tree™.  Next you’re going to explore the roots, or the symptoms of your procrastination and the branches and fruit, or the impact.  Click the link below for the next audio in this series.

Audio 2 The Procrastination Tree

Once you listen to this audio you’ll have another piece in the process of learning about why you procrastinate, but you can’t stop procrastinating until you get to its root cause; until you know why you’re doing it.  The “why” is the key to you being able to stop procrastinating for good.  The solutions that will help you stop procrastinating are in my Procrastination Annihilation™ program. If you’re ready to be stop procrastinating now, click the link to get started.

 

 

 


When it comes to productivity, one of the biggest obstacles is procrastination. It’s one of the biggest reasons people fail to reach their goals and it can take a toll on your life.  We all procrastinate for one reason or another, but what happens when it begins to negatively impact your life?  We all know how it is, you put off doing something and probably have absolutely no idea of how long it takes to do the task you’re putting off.  You can end up living in chaos simply because you’re putting off something that will take you just a short time to do.  Are you one of those people who shuffle through the pile of papers on your desk?  If so, you probably spend more time shuffling through them each day than it would if you’d stop procrastinating and sort through them one final time and toss, file or process what’s there in the pile.

Many people face this challenge every day, and it can really become a regular challenge.  There are ways to remedy it; get rid of it for good, but first you have to identify it; to know what it looks like.  So, what exactly does procrastination look like?  Here are some indicators:

  • Wait until the last minute to start something
  • Putting off doctor & dentist appointments
  • Put off decision making
  • Waiting for the “right time” to make that call or confrontation
  • Last minute seasonal tasks (like holiday shopping and filing your tax return)
  • How long have you been waiting to do______?

I bet that you could fill in the blank on that last one in a number of different ways.  People put things off thinking that the time will come and the truth is that it never does. If  any of the indicators above are present for you, take a deeper look at what you’re doing.  Start by looking at what you’re procrastinating on.  Create your 101 List.  This is a list of everything that you’ve been procrastinating on.  Now, you might not be able to come up with 101 things, but you get the idea.  Just start writing and see what you come up with.

The next step is to look at those things on the list that you come up with and determine why you’re putting them off.  Next to each thing that you list, list the reason that you believe you’ve been putting it off. Then think about the other things that come into play when you engage in that behavior.  As you look at your behavior, look to see if  there a “routine” that you have and what things you tell yourself when you put something off.  What emotions, if any, surface when you are procrastinating? Maybe there’s a certain way that you feel when you put things off.

These are key steps that will start the process of eliminating your procrastination.  Not only will they bring things to the surface that you may not see, but they will lead to the reasons for your procrastination, which is what you have to uncover before you can start working to eliminate it once and for all.  If you successfully complete these key steps, you’ll be on your way to eliminating this thief of time from your life.

If you’re looking for something to help you through this process, I invite you to have a look at my Procrastination Annihilation program.  It’s a 12 week program that will help you discover where and why you’re procrastinating, how to use procrastination to support productivity and how to eliminate it for good.


Christmas is just two days away and we all know that so many people are out there right now in the stores searching for those “prefect gifts” for their loved ones.  Did you wait until the last minute, or was your shopping planned?

Procrastination causes so many poor outcomes: incomplete projects, being late, and stress, just to name a few.  If you’re one of those people who put off your holiday shopping, chances are, that’s not the only thing that you’ve procrastinated on lately because how you do one thing is how you do everything.

The thing about procrastination is that we all do it at some point in time for some reason or another.  The degree to which you do so is what makes the difference in the level of its impact upon your life.  The key to eliminating it lies in being present to the procrastinating, the type of procrastinating you’re doing and why you’re doing it.  It can be remedied.

If you’re one of those who put off your shopping until just days before the holiday, take a moment to step back and look at the other things that you put off on a regular basis.  There might be more things than you imagined.  After that, look at they type of procrastination you’re doing and why you’re doing it.  Once you’ve uncovered these things, it’s time to create some new habits and support systems to go with them to eliminate procrastination for good.

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