Procrastination is the #1 Motivation Killer

Tick tock….tick tock….

Procrastination has a very distinct sound as it allows you to focus on the negative thoughts that eat away on your motivations.

That is the sound of your own life passing before your eyes.  Can you hear it?  Many people seem to ignore this very loud sound.  In fact, what they don’t even realize is that it gets louder with each passing day.  The window of opportunity to creating a lifestyle that not only reflects the life which you desire and deserve, but also that which can be passed down to multiple generations.

Why Do I Procrastinate

With each second that you live in a state of disbelief in yourself, you lose precious time to implement a plan that can take you to the level of success and happiness that you desire.  That is where we see the biggest gap.  The reason why people chose to allow procrastination to sneak in, is usually because they do not have an actual plan to implement.

“Nature despises a vacuum.  In the absence of a good plan and the action needed to put it to use, negative limiting beliefs take over and stop you in your tracks.”

Procrastination Statistics

In a recent article, According to Dr. Joseph Ferrari, associate professor of psychology at De Paul University in Chicago and Dr. Timothy Pychyl, associate professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, “Twenty percent of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinators.” The professors also say that procrastination is “not trivial, although as a culture we don’t take it seriously as a problem.”

In a recent survey of 101 DeSales students 95 percent said that procrastination is a problem for a majority of college students. Of these 95 percent, 91 percent believe procrastination is a problem for students at DSU.

In Psychology Today, Twenty percent of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinators. For them procrastination is a lifestyle, albeit a maladaptive one. And it cuts across all domains of their life. They don’t pay bills on time. They miss opportunities for buying tickets to concerts. They don’t cash gift certificates or checks. They file income tax returns late. They leave their Christmas shopping until Christmas eve.

Overcoming Procrastination

In every crisis is an opportunity. So how dow we find the opportunity in procrastinating?  Well, to start with; let’s use the down time that this creates to really reflect on why we choose to delay the important actions and decisions in our lives.  If we can come to understand them, then we will have the information needed to deal with them.

Procrastinators can change their behavior—but doing so consumes a lot of psychic energy. And it doesn’t necessarily mean one feels transformed internally. It can be done with highly structured cognitive behavioral therapy.

The following is a list of additional steps which may help you to deal with your avoidance problems:

  • Extract from the above examples those principles which apply to you. Write them down.
  • Make honest decisions about your work. If you wish to spend only a minimal amount of effort or time on a particular task, admit it–do not allow guilt feelings to interfere with your realization of this fact. Weigh the consequences of various amounts of investment in a project and find the optimal return for your investment. This step exposes intentional reasons for avoiding work. If you have been unintentionally avoiding work, admit to yourself that you do want to achieve certain goals and accept the responsibilities involved in meeting those goals.
  • Work to acquire an adequate understanding of what is necessary to accomplish a task within a given time frame.
  • Distinguish between activities which dramatize your sense of commitment and those which will help you accomplish the task. Devote only that amount of time which is appropriate for each part of a task. Develop an overview of the entire project and visualize the steps that are needed to reach completion.

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