How often, when you have something that needs to be done, have you found some excuse not to complete the task? You may have organised to do something with friends, or checked emails, or become sucked into the YouTube vortex searching ‘puppies doing tricks’. Rest assured, you are not alone. A very common affliction in most people, it is universally diagnosed as ‘procrastination’ and is usually a result of feeling overwhelmed.

Over the past 20 years I have heard many stories about tasks and goals people have procrastinated about completing—one lady with only one assignment left on her masters, another gentleman who had an unfinished barbecue in his backyard for the good part of 20 years, a retiree who couldn’t start the book they wanted to write, let alone finish it! The list is endless …

To help you beat procrastination, I am going to share with you three things I have learnt from working with corporate leaders and teams from around the world. 

1. Action
Forget about starting, just focus on taking the first step. It doesn’t have to be a huge step, just the first one. The day you take the first step of the task you have been procrastinating about, is the day you beat procrastination!

2. Progress
Make the first step really easy. Select something that doesn’t require help from others, something you can do in the next five minutes. Once you have started, measure not how far you have to go, but how far you have come. Remember each step is closer to completion and what you want!

3. Momentum
A common roadblock to getting started is waiting for the ‘perfect’ time. I’ll let you in on a secret: don’t wait for everything to be perfect—you want momentum not perfection! Once you take the first step, you are more inclined to take the next step, then the next step, which creates momentum. With momentum on your side, you don’t need motivating you just need the sense that you are moving towards what you want.  

I want you to think of a task or goal you have been procrastinating about. Now, think of an action that you can do in the next five minutes to take the first step of getting started—it may be starting a list of things you need to research, it might be texting a friend to join you at an exercise class, or perhaps it is finding five fresh food recipes and starting the shopping list.

Now work out the next three actions you need to do to make progress in completing the task. Make sure you select actions that can be done in the next hour, the next day, the day after. This will build momentum. 

Congratulations, you have beaten procrastination!

Bonus Resources:

Passionate Life Blueprint
This worksheet is an 8 step process to help you complete the goals and tasks you have been procrastinating about. Each step is important for providing a connection to the goal, creating an action plan and inspiring motivation to achieve it.

The Procrastination List
Created for my latest book, Focus 4 Fast Easy Strategies to Beating Procrastination Forever. What have you been procrastinating about in your life, relationships or career? This resource will help you identify the tasks, actions and projects, how you will feel when they are complete and assist in prioritising them.

Find these resources and more at KeithsResources.com

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