Procrastination: Overcoming Inertia

How often do you say to yourself?

“I’ll work on that tomorrow.”

“I’ll get back to him tomorrow.”

“I’ll start taking better care of myself, tomorrow.”

If the answer to this question is quite often, then perhaps you could benefit from following a simple 3-step process to help you overcome your inertia.

Step 1:  Be aware of your tendency to procrastinate.  When you find yourself in the act of procrastinating say “STOP THIS”, resist the temptation and refocus your attention to the project at hand.

Step 2: Define the action steps you need to take to get the task at hand moving along.   What is that you need to do?  What resources or information do you need to get the task completed? Make sure you come up with one concrete action step to take and act upon it.

Step 3: Once you have identified the action step(s) to be taken make sure you set a specific time you are going to complete the action step.  This commitment you make will help to increase your motivation. 

Some of you may be thinking that this is a lot to do.   My question to those individuals – isn’t it a bigger burden carrying around all the projects/tasks that need to be completed?