Is Procrastination Keeping You Stuck?

What do you gain by procrastinating?

Is it that:

  • You work better under pressure.
  • You get to do more enjoyable things first.
  • You don’t have to deal with the challenge of doing something difficult or unpleasant until LATER?

What could you gain by NOT procrastinating, by doing something sooner rather than later?

  • A feeling of being in control.
  • A reduced sense of overwhelm.
  • The ability to ask for help if not waiting until the last minute (additional resources).
  • You wouldn’t have to be reminded (nagged?) repeatedly.
  • A sense of empowerment in facing a challenge.
  • Reduced stress without that thing hanging over your head.
  • The knowledge that you may be facing your fear.
  • The ability to cross something off your To Do list.
  • A sense of accomplishment.
  • More options open to you.
  • Time built in for unpredicted obstacles.

Procrastination is like a dirty word.  Lots of us procrastinate but most of us don’t like to admit it.  We like to feel productive and efficient, but are we really?

Procrastination is avoidance.  It always limits our choices in the end.  For some, this works.  Too many choices can be overwhelming.  For the rest of us, we end up putting undue stress on ourselves, and often others as well.

To combat procrastination, consider tackling the most difficult (or annoying) task you have to do FIRST!  Once that’s complete, all else will seem easy by comparison.  That thing, that had so much power over you beforehand, will now be a thing of the past.

Focus on what you CAN do.  What you focus on GROWS, and if you are busy focusing on what you think you CAN’T do, or what you don’t want to do, those things will become bigger in your mind.

Determine whether your expectations are realistic.  If you need things to be perfect, no wonder you’re procrastinating!  Be reasonable in terms of what you hope to deliver and what you want to accomplish.

Is it possible that you’re afraid of what comes AFTER…?  Could that be why you keep putting things off?  Asking questions about what comes next, doing some research, or formulating your OWN plan might be exactly what you need to squash your inclination to put off your own success.

Be accountable by letting others know what you’re aiming for.  Share milestones so others are aware of the progress you’re making.  It’s harder to procrastinate when others are waiting to hear about your results.

Another way to fight procrastination is to break down tasks into bite-size pieces.  When we’re intimated, we back away.  Smaller, more reasonable objectives are much easier to take on.

So if you’re ready to gain all that you could by kicking procrastination to the curb, I congratulate you!  See if tackling the hardest part first, focusing on what you’re actually able to do, examining your expectations, facing your fear, being accountable, and breaking things down all serve to get you to your own success FASTER!  Why wait?!



Laurie Leinwand is a Professional Life Coach assisting clients with a variety of personal and professional life issues. Ideas 2 Action Life Coaching encompasses Laurie’s work as a life coach for women and men, career life coach and work-life balance coach.

Some of the topics of focus in her practice as a professional life coach are assisting and supporting individuals that are stay at home parents (stay at home moms and dads are constantly forced to adapt to their current circumstances as their children grow and change) as well as those returning to work. Laurie works with people reentering the workforce who are unsure of their direction and interested in cultivating professional development skills and support.

Laurie also provides personal development assistance with regard to powerful issues such as how to make a change in your life and finding fulfillment and your life purpose. In addition, she works with clients interested in learning how to say no and setting boundaries.

Ideas 2 Action Life Coaching is located in Randolph, NJ and services the surrounding communities of Morristown, Denville, Parsippany, Florham Park and Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, though much of her coaching is done on the phone and is accessible to clients worldwide.  Laurie is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the New Jersey Professional Coaches Association (NJPCA).

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