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How to Get Over Procrastination

Procrastination is one of the worst possible things on this planet that humans do. We constantly put off the inevitable for no reason other than “we just don’t feel like it.” I’ve struggled with procrastination big time, but learned a few simple tricks that you can use to get over it and be ten times more productive!

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How to Get Over Procrastination

Step 1 — Understand That Procrastination is Not Real

I’m sure you’ve heard in self help seminars and books that the future and past literally do not exist. That is absolutely true. Scientifically speaking the only “time” that really matters and exists is right now. RIGHT NOW what are you doing? You are reading this and hoping to get over your procrastination, but at the same time probably putting off something you really should be doing but just don’t want to! I’ve been there and done that.procrastination

You either do it, or you don’t do it. You make a decision to do you work, or not do your work. Since the future and past don’t exist, how can procrastination? Procrastination in and of itself has to do with putting something off until LATER, but what you need to train your brain to realize is there is NO later, there’s only RIGHT NOW.

Step 2 — Take the first step

I know that when I procrastinate, it’s because I feel totally overwhelmed. What helps me the most is breaking my work into tasks, and completing one task at a time. A.k.a I take the first step. Once I complete the first step, I feel better about myself and moving forward. It’s almost like a sigh of relief.

If you have 30 Calls to make and you’re scared to death, make a commitment to yourself that you’re going to make the first 5 and see how it goes. I promise you that after the first 5 you’ll want to keep going to get through your list.

“An object in motion stays in motion.”

However if you’re trying to make an object that’s standing still go into motion, it takes a lot more energy and force. Stay in motion and action so you’re next tasks become a lot easier.

Step 3 — Make a List

Sounds silly, but procrastination on almost any subject can be eliminated by waking up in the morning and making a daily list. Every morning, both Ray and I make a list of our tasks for the day. Subconsciously we want to check off everything on that list and it annoys the crap out of us if we don’t!

Wake up every morning, make a list, and don’t break focus until that list is finished. There will be a whole bunch of things going through your head like: “I have to pay this bill, I’ve got to call the electrician, I’ve got to check my email and facebook, I’ve got to reach out to this person before I forget.” Don’t let these things distract you. Finish your list each and every day and you’ll be good to go!

Comment what you procrastinate doing below, and let’s hold ourselves and each other accountable :).

 

 

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September 10, 2013 | Blog, Mindset | 14

14 Responses to How to Get Over Procrastination

  1. sam says:

    it is a great article,I have a huge problem with procrastination and it feels that you are lost every morning and it takes a toll on you when you are not focused.it is hard but I got to get out of it since it is draining my energy.

  2. Brad Stewart says:

    Great post, Jessica. Tony Robbins says “Procrastination is the Assassination of Motivation.” In the past I seen myself working backwards. It would be lack of motivation which led to excuses which led to procrastination, and procrastination is the lowest point you can be and it is the hardest habit to break. Nobody wakes up and says “Oh, I think I will procrastinate today.” Instead, it begins with a thought, which leads to excuses, and ultimately creates a habit of justifying your excuses: procrastination. I really liked your last 2 points about taking the first step and making a list. I believe making a list is powerful because you are writing down your thoughts of positive things that need to occur today, and when you see your tasks for the day it has the ability to give you energy and motivation to conquer the day successfully. Thanks for sharing Jessica. 🙂

    • Jessica Higdon says:

      Brad you are so right. I love Tony Robbins he is the master at getting to the core of people’s lack of focus. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Jake says:

    This is how I feel as well. I was on fire last year, and now it seems I have no motivation to build my business at all, even though I need to!

    There’s some other underlying issues I need to address that are causing my procrastination.

    Great post. You’re right there is no future there is only now. What are we going to do right now?

    • Jessica Higdon says:

      You know it! It’s always an underlying issue with not moving forward with our work, but just moving through it and making it happen will take away those fears instantly.

  4. Anita Jagt says:

    Great Bog Jessica,
    And Brad you hit it right on the head as well. Procrastination was my biggest problem for years. It wasn’t until I had a mindset change and realized procrastination is self sabotage in inaction LOL.
    Onward! Movin through the fear!
    Thanks
    Anita

  5. Ann says:

    Jessica! That was BRILLIANT!!! There is no past there is no future all we have is NOW – so there can’t be procrastination! I LOVE that! I think this post will help me with the non-existent term of procrastination. I just howled when I read it. It just took the starch out of the “P” word! Thank you!

  6. Jessica, than you! For me, the burden of procrastination is a heavy and distressing load. It shakes my self-confidence because sometimes I feel as if I will always be this way. I agonize over the guilt and the feeling of stuckness and the untouched work, yet again. But I will follow your counsel and let go of how I behaved in the PASTt and not worry about how I am going to be TOMORROW, or even right now, and just make that list and stick with it, once more, things should work out. That's what I want. To form a new habit of doing it NOW! Much Respect.

  7. Kristen says:

    Thankyou for sharing value freely! For the longest time i’ve been watching videos and reading blog posts and TAKING from everyone but I never first GAVE before I took the value that someone was sharing for free. So thank you for the value that you provide and this is me giving back to you before I take from your post! Have a blessed day! You rock Jess!

    P.S. I procrastinate with everything. I make a list in my phone but I never make it a priority to get them done that day. From now on I am challenging myself to get everything checked off before I do anything else that day.

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