As the holidays approach, many of us may start to drag our feet. Procrastination has wasted time, killed dreams, and created anxiety in the lives of so many people because of its paralyzing effects. Most people become a victim of procrastination because of the fear that exists around the task. That fear turns into doubt, which leads to putting off and eventually not completing what you want to accomplish. This affects every area of your life if you allow it; classes that you have never registered for, a job you’ve always wanted to go after, or the business idea that has been on your heart.
Getting ready to welcome in a new year without personal growth will not do. If you want to release the grips of procrastination from your life, you must resolve your fears. Follow these steps and watch your productivity soar!
1. Define your fear.
Acknowledge that something is creating this fear. It could be fear of failure, fear of rejection or even fear of success. You might be thinking that you can’t complete the task well enough or that it might be too hard. You could also feel like you don’t deserve the opportunity or that it will take you forever to complete. It could stem from events in your past or present. Whatever it may be, decide that you are worthy and competent enough to complete whatever your mind can dream.
2. Create a plan.
Create a detailed plan every time you have something you want to accomplish.
• List the tasks in order of priority. You should keep this list to one or two items until you build up your skills and confidence.
• Write out everything you will need for completion. It could be research, people you need to contact, or information you need to gather. The key is to make sure you have everything you need to begin and end well.
• Create enough time in your schedule to accurately and thoroughly complete the task. You don’t want to rush; you want to make sure you have completed your task to the best of your ability to avoid the negative feelings that might come with finishing something in a lackluster way.
• Prepare some positive affirmation statements on index cards that will uplift you when your fears, self-doubt, and feelings of inadequacy kick-in.
Now it’s time to execute this plan you have created. You have everything you need to be successful; you have to produce the final product. Stay consistent with your plan, and push through the residual fears. Use your positive affirmations and repeat them to yourself. When you feed your mind with positivity, your mindset will begin to shift in a positive way, which will only increase your success.
Here is an example of what the process would look like if someone procrastinated a meal planning routine:
Step 1: Naming the fears.
• I’m scared to fail.
• What if I can’t cook everything at once?
• What about if the office has a luncheon and I can’t resist?
• What if I do this and still can’t lose any weight?
• I have tried so many things why would my results be any different?
Step 2: Create a plan.
• Goal: plan and prepare my meals for the week.
• What needs to be done: plan seven breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Write out a grocery list. Go to the store and get everything needed for meal prep. Make sure I have the proper containers. Decide when I will prepare my meals for the week. Create my positive affirmation statements for use in my weak moments.
Step 3: Execute the plan.
• Cook and prepare meals.
• Package them appropriately for easy transportation and use.
• Stick to the plan and stay consistent.
• Use positive affirmations as needed.
The above example is simple and can give you a better idea of how to create your own plan. To get started, organize your thoughts and create a customized plan that works for you. Procrastination is only a symptom of a larger barrier that you have. Resolve the barriers that stand in the way of your success and your purpose. The negativity can only exist if you allow it to, so start changing the rules of your life to reflect the life you want to live.
How do YOU fight against procrastination? Tell us in the comments!
Eboni Gee is a wife, mom and registered nurse. Her passion is in helping people who are looking to make peace with their past mistakes, regrets, and bad decisions so that they can turn those lessons into blessings and live in their purpose. I love to cook, bake and entertain!