7 Simple Steps to Overcoming Procrastination

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“Imperfect action is always better than perfect procrastination” –Brandon Barber Coaching Group
Procrastination is born of fear – in this case, fear that it will not be done perfectly or fear of failure. When we are motivated by a need to do things perfectly we run the risk of not doing these things at all. Sometimes it is better done than perfect.
Here are seven steps to help you ACT NOW:

Step 1: Be True to You

When striving for perfection, we often put our needs and wants aside to live up to the real or imagined expectations of others. Focus on your own dreams! Identify what you want, and then break those goals down into small daily, weekly, or monthly increments

Step 2: Set Realistic Goals

Whenever you feel anxious, unhappy, or scared about a task, ask yourself whether you’ve set a realistic goal. Your emotions may be telling you that you are trying to achieve an unrealistic outcome.

Step 3: Focus on the Process

Start thinking about small process oriented goals instead of larger outcome oriented goals. When you fall in love with the process, your results will follow.

Step 4: Change your Verbiage

Instead of talking about all of the tasks you have to do, start saying get to, want to, and choose to. Choosing to complete an activity helps sustain motivation.

Step 5: Identify your Time-Wasters

Keep track of how you are spending your time for one week. Write down everything you do and how long it takes you do it. You may be shocked to discover how much time you waste watching tv, texting, surfing the web, etc.

Step 6: Set a Timer and Reward Yourself

Break down a large task into small increments. Take a task you have been putting off and schedule a specific amount of time per day (or per week) to work on it. During that time period, focus only on that task. If you feel you did the task without interruptions, reward yourself with something small.

Step 7: Don’t Fear Mistakes

Mistakes are a part of life. They can even provide rich learning experiences, if you have the courage to examine them. Your mistakes can teach you far more about life and your abilities than your successes will. Make a real effort to learn from each mistake you make.

To find out more about how our coaching program can help you take real action, please visit www.brandonbarbercoaching.com or email support@brandonbarbercoaching.com.

Jill D. in DeSoto, KS

Working with the Brandon Barber Coaching Group has helped me listen to others and their needs more—to really communicate instead of talking AT someone, which is helping us build more leaders and our team in general. 

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