If you are like me, procrastination is your biggest enemy. You have a lot of ideas to try or do, but fear keeps you stuck. You often don’t follow through with them to the end.
I am not perfect in this area, but am a student learning how to live well with procrastination.
But you ask how can you change? You tried lots of things like stress management books on CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) or coaching, but the improvement was not long lasting. What do you do now?
Well, it’s hard to break a habit. Procrastination is a bad habit that with work you can break. It often hangs along with perfectionism.
Write in your journal what you are feeling and what is on your mind.
What is the project that you are procrastinating on? Write what you want to happen, then break your project down into doable action steps.
I have read 3 books on creating habits: “Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results” by Stephen Guise, “Habit Stacking” by S. J. Scott, and “Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits” by Gretchen Rubin.
My favorite way to manage procrastination is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Coaching.
Check in with your journal. What are you procrastinating on, and why are you? Just do a brain dump. Write quickly.
Accept your emotions and move forward living how you want to live in spite of being stressed out. What does moving forward mean to you? What does the future look like to you?
What does your life look like if you continue to procrastinate? What do you want, and what would your life look like if you overcome procrastination?
Your goal should be to move forward in your life day to day.