Maybe you’re procrastinating, or maybe you’ve set and are focused on achieving the wrong goals. These six procrastination tips are from life coach Aricia E. LaFrance, and they’ll help you figure out the difference.
LaFrance uses fitness as an example, which is perfect because many of us procrastinate when it comes to exercising!
Before her tips, a quip:
“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting it off.” ~ Olin Miller.
The longer you put things off, the harder they get! If procrastination is stopping you from achieving your goals, read Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now.
And, here are six ways to stop procrastinating and start accomplishing more in life…
Procrastination Versus Focusing on the Wrong Goals
“I don’t believe in procrastination,” says LaFrance. “That’s not to say I don’t think it exists. It does. But I don’t believe that anyone truly procrastinates. Think about it. When you procrastinate, you have this thing hanging over your head. You know you have to do it, but you keep putting it off. It’s a miserable place to be, so why not just DO whatever it is? Why choose misery over action?”
LaFrance believes people have things on their “to do” list that they’ll never do, but she doesn’t call it procrastination. Instead, she thinks people are focused on achieving the wrong goals.
6 Ways to Stop Procrastinating
1. Make sure you’re heading in the right direction — and that your goals match your true personality, interests, and life plan.
2. Determine if the things you think need to be done actually do need to be done. Learn how to create an action plan.
3. If it needs to get done and you’re resistant to doing it, then hire someone to handle it. Or, barter your services.
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4. If it doesn’t need to get done, let it go.
5. Put it on the calendar if it needs to get done, make sure you have everything you need to accomplish the task, and get to it!
6. Change your belief system and find your passion.
Change your belief system to achieve your goals
If one of my goals is to exercise more and I can only stick with it a week or two, I’m using willpower. I’m trying to force myself to do something I hate to do. Plus, I’ll probably wind up with injuries because I don’t really want to exercise, let alone take time to learn how to do it correctly!
So instead of beating myself up, I might consider whether or not this is a good goal for me. Resistance can be a sign you’re going the wrong way. If I’m trying to achieve my goals out of sheer willpower, I won’t last long. To stop procrastinating and accomplish more, I need to change my belief system. For instance, what if all the things I believe about exercise are wrong? What if it isn’t time consuming, and I don’t have to get all sweaty and be winded?
Faulty beliefs hold us back
If we can shift these things and adopt new beliefs, we never have to procrastinate on our true goals again! Maybe dancing around the house counts as exercise. Maybe every little bit helps. Maybe I can work exercise into my daily routine without changing much.
Find your passion
Why are you passionate about? What do you love about it? What is the benefit to you? By examining your belief system and identifying what you’re passionate about, you may very well find that you’re able to get the results you’ve wished for.
We often know immediately whether something is a good or bad idea – and we’re usually right. The first step to finding your passion and stop procrastinating is to tune into your instincts and learn to trust them.
If you need a kick in the pants, read 3 Tips for Turning Your Life Around.
Are you procrastinating, or are you trying to achieve the wrong goals?
Aricia LaFrance runs a supportive online parenting community for non-traditional parents.