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7 Ways To Stop Procrastination

ProcrastinationWhen you look up procrastination in the Oxford English dictionary, you’ll see that procrastination is the ‘action of delaying or postponing something’ and that it is the ‘thief of time’. When you delay doing something, it’ll take longer next time. Tony Robbins actually calls it the silent killer as it creeps up on you. These 7 ways to stop procrastination will help you for sure unless you’re procrastinating by reading this post! Through studying successful people and looking into human psychology since starting this blog, it’s come to my realisation that procrastination is actually what stands between most people and true success and fulfilment. On the flip side, a common attribute of highly successful people is speed of implementation – meaning that they have an idea and implement it straight away. They don’t kick tyres so to speak. This realisation inspired me to create Procrastination To Profit – a training program designed to help people break through procrastination and in doing so, skyrocket their productivity. Check these tips out first though…

7 Ways To Stop Procrastination

1. Find the little tricks that motivate you

You could call these baby steps. What is one tiny thing you could do to push yourself toward the action you don’t feel like doing?

When I don’t feel like working out, I know the easiest way to get me to do it is to put my gym clothes on. When I don’t feel like cooking, making a grocery list gets me more in the mood.

By employing these baby steps, you can often convince yourself you actually do want to finish that project, clean the bathroom or organize a fundraiser. It’s just a matter of taking one step. Sooner or later, you’ll want to put another foot in front of that one.

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From these 7 ways to stop procrastinating, the bit to take away in my opinion is that by taking small steps, you’ll quickly stop procrastinating. The hardest part about doing a workout is getting your gear on and stepping outside the front door. The hardest part about doing a task that you dislike is starting it. Once you get going, it’s always easier and more pleasurable thank you anticipated for it to be. In short, the reason why we procrastinate, according to Tony Robbins, is that we humans beings attach more pain to taking action than we do pleasure. The background to this is that we’re motivated by two key driving forces, pain and pleasure – the need to avoid pain, and the desire to gain pleasure. The reason we procrastinate is that we attach more pain to taking action in the immediate future than we do pleasure. Or we attach more pain to taking action than to not taking action. So all we need to do, is attach pain to NOT taking action, and we break through procrastination. Simples! If you look to the right, you’ll see a little video image. In that video I explain how to link more pain to not taking action.

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