Procrastination is Resistance

by Karen Brooks on July 9, 2011

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We all have those little voices in our head. Wait until tomorrow to get it done. It’s not good enough yet. What will others think of this?

All of these are forms of procrastination. Another word is RESISTANCE!!

 

What justification are you using today? The battle is in your mind, and those little voices will do whatever they can to keep you from achieving your goal. It is a never ending battle, so let’s talk about some strategies to keep you focused on winning!

 

  1. Set goals! Write them down and post them in plain sight. Look at them several times  a day!
  2. Write a TO DO list! Make small actions that will lead you to achieving your goal.
  3. Prioritize your list. Do the actions that will make the most impact – don’t let resistance tell you that they can wait!
  4. Use a timer. Set a timer on your computer or cell phone. Work on a particular item for a set period of time with intense focus.
  5. Get an accountability partner. Find someone who encourages you and keeps you moving forward toward achieving those goals!
  6. Celebrate your progress. Give yourself some relaxation time. No one can work 7 days a week. Our minds and bodies need a time to refresh and recharge.

Those little voices will never go away.  You are now aware of what resistance is, and a few steps that you can do to overcome procrastination.

One of the most important of all of the steps mentioned above, is the “TO DO” list. Start making the habit today!! It will take 28 days of continually working on this to make it an integral part of your life. By making and implementing what is on your list, you will move closer and closer to achieving the desires of your heart.

What is holding you back? Take a minute and let me know what is on your mind in the comments below.

 

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

María Inés Brumana Espinosa July 14, 2011 at 10:54 am

So true! Thanks for the tips.

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Paul Morin July 11, 2011 at 8:50 am

Hi, Karen. Excellent post. I like your list of tactics for overcoming procrastination. In particular, I think getting an “accountability partner” is great. This works very well, especially for exercise, as it’s easy to put off workouts, but not if your training partner is waiting for you outside your door at 6:30am! Also, I think procrastination often has to do with fear of failure at some level, so having someone to help you through it and support you can do wonders. Paul

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Olga Hermans July 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Thank you Karen, I think procrastination will be a struggle that we ALWAYS have to keep on facing…it will come back if we don’t face it hard on and don’t recognize it. Thanks for the tips…I especially like the celebrating our progress with a glass of wine…:)

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denny hagel July 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Karen, This is a topic that we can all benefit from a continued reminder! Great job!

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Carla J Gardiner July 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Thank you Karen for such a timely piece on procrastination. Why do I always put off writing Monday’s newsletter until Sunday afternoon? Procrastination is why. Thank you for the tips. I am implementing them right this minute.

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Fay Christine McLean July 10, 2011 at 3:19 am

Always love this topic and never tire of being reminded of the simple but effective tips you give us here Karen. Thank you!

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