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2018-08-30 / Voices

How to Stop Procrastinating


I began reading this book titled The Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins. It’s a great self-improvement book. I do recommend it if you want to act on something in your life and stop making excuses. She discusses procrastination in it. I do hope you read it. Now on to teach you how to stop procrastinating.

You don’t procrastinate because you hate work. You procrastinate because you’re stressed out about other stuff. You’re taking a mini-stress break.The more often you procrastinate the more often you’re going to repeat the behavior. You’ll continue laughing at those vine videos because you’re getting that dopamine released into your brain and it feels good so you’ll keep procrastinating.

Stop worrying. It only hurts you. Look at it like this. If you can change what you’re worried about “why worry?” If you can’t change what you’re worried about “why worry?” This is how I handle my stressors. I began doing this when I was home from the army and unemployed. Bill collectors would call and I couldn’t pay them so I just stopped worrying about them calling and I’d straight up tell them “look I’m unemployed. I don’t have any money. I don’t know when I can pay you. I don’t have a job yet.” They never stopped calling but it was an incredible moment of release for me. I stopped worrying about bills until I found a job. Let’s move on.

Here’s how Mel says you can stop procrastinating:

Step 1. Forgive yourself. People who forgive themselves for procrastinating are less likely to procrastinate. Stop beating yourself up because of your behavior. Recognize that stress at home may be causing this behavior. Recognize that financial troubles may be creating your procrastination.

Step 2. Ask yourself “What would the future me do?” If you can picture the person you want to be in the future the steps you need to take now become easier to take.

I used this several times in my life and it helped me make some tough decisions. Decisions that empowered me and helped me to make forward progress to becoming the man I want to be. So, ask yourself “what would the future me do?”

In 2008 I was asked to do something I knew the man I wanted to be didn’t want any part of so I quit my job on the spot. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.

Step 3. Just get started. Create a starting ritual. Try starting The Five Second Rule. Countdown 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 the moment you feel yourself hesitate. Make a physical movement forward toward your goal. You don’t have to finish it. Just get started.

Give this a shot and let me know how it goes for you. I’ve been practicing it and so far, no complaints. I feel good today especially after trying the Five Second Rule after my alarm went off this morning.

If you have suggestions on how to stop procrastinating that work for you, what are they? Send me an email via the URL or look me up on social media @OZinspires.

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