5 Tips To Break Free From Procrastination

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5 Tips To Break Free From Procrastination

bebadassalready2-3“Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” ~Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

As we so fluently approach yet another new year, thoughts of plans, goals, and intentions are flying about like bees on honey in the summer. People everywhere are making resolutions and giving themselves pep talks for the upcoming attempts at getting slimmer, making more money, and being better humans in general. I started thinking about how most of this type of behavior happens at set points in time that society has created as the ultimate diving boards for such endeavors. You have New Year’s, birthdays, Monday, next month… all future times that we rely on to mark the time that we get our asses in gear.

I’m asking, “Why wait to change or be better?”

There really is only now, you know. What would happen if we always just executed our ideas of self-improvement now instead of waiting until some “perfect” time that really isn’t perfect at all? Are we really that addicted to tradition and procrastination? Hey, I’m guilty of this as much as the next person. And, I also understand when you simply can’t do something because it’s not the right time or you have to wait until you get a clear thumbs up from the universe. That’s not what I’m talking about.

I guess I just get irritated at people who treat their bodies like hell for 10 or 11 months of the year, and, then, set some rigid eating and fitness plan into motion on January 1st… or 2nd, depending on how much they drank on the 31st. Wouldn’t it be better to just do what you need to be healthy for 12 months of the year, treat yourself occasionally, and stop the self-abuse once and for all?  Maybe what I’m really talking about is discipline and not procrastination.

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After all, putting things off is a symptom of something else, isn’t it? What do you think it is that causes so much putting off? Fear. Laziness. Pride. Low self-esteem. Because that’s the way I’ve done things.

Hmmm… maybe all of the above.

So, what can we do about it?

  1. Be present in the moments of your life. If you find yourself trying to do multiple things at once, like text and drive, watch TV while your spouse or kids are talking to you, read a book while talking to your best friend, rushing through your meal because you want to get on to the next task, thinking of your “to do” list when someone is spilling their guts to you over the phone, rethink your priorities at that very moment. Give each task and person your undivided attention. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. And, the busier we get, the more important it is to slow down and pay attention to each moment.
  2. Give new intentions and ideas your savvy planning skills. Don’t just shove them in a drawer or journal for a future date. Yes, some of them will need to wait, but not all of them. Break your plan down into small doable steps that will move you closer to the end result each day.
  3. Enjoy the journey. Look, I am a results driven person, so I know that it is hard to slow down for the experience along the way. But, I’ve learned that the thing at the end isn’t nearly as exciting as what happens on the path. Think Dorothy and the yellow brick road…
  4. Remove the following words from your vocabulary: someday, I’ll try, can’t, might, just… these are a few that I became very aware of. They are words that promote lack of commitment.
  5. Commit to your plans fully. Think cannonball into the water. Make a decision and follow through. You may not execute it perfectly, but who cares! Perfect is so last year!!!!! And, jump in now instead of waiting. The pool may close on you while you are contemplating your jump.

Well, obviously, this is a short list that could be much longer, but I value your time and my own. The point is to start being more present and try to catch yourself going into the procrastination cycle. The best defense is to not be there.

“My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry ’til a more convenient season.” ~Mary Todd Lincoln

What things do you often procrastinate and why? Tell us your badass procrastination solutions!

xo Kellie Rae

Kellie Rae
Kellie Rae
"I make no excuses for my diverse roles as a Rock Your Feminine Type Coach™ and Branding Expert, best-selling author, and crime thriller novelist. Yes, I do still chuckle a bit at the irony. I kick ass as a business transformer for badass women by day and kill off vulnerable fiction characters at night. What the hell, it makes for some interesting dreams. I believe that everyone should pursue their passions no matter how out there they seem to be. One of those pure heart-fluttering passions for me has always been writing. Since I did, indeed, chase my dream of being a writer, I've published two non-fiction books in the self-development genre and have another on its way, co-authored an international best seller, and have finally pushed my much-too-old-to-be-in-the-nest novel out the door and into the world. My whole world is empowering and I adore showing others how to live life unfiltered, whether I do that through the written word or my coaching work. I love my job!" ~Kellie “Ignite Your Ass” Rae

6 Comments

  1. Reba says:

    Love these tips, Kellie, and I love how you combine your drive with the importance of taking time to enjoy every minute of the way!

    • Kellie Rae says:

      Thanks for your comment, Reba! Yes, I have learned that not incorporating enough fun and self-care causes bad stuff to happen. It’s so important to enjoy your process and value it as much as the goal. xo

  2. Deb Coman says:

    I love your message. Yes, the time is now. Losing two close friends in the last year made it even more apparent…we don’t always know what’s in store. In addition to creating the life we want NOW, I, too, feel like we need to love the journey and not always remain focused on the goal as if that’s where only true happiness lives.

    I am being more present with my family as I grow my business. As a multi-tasker, I realized that my big WHY is my family so why am I putting them off as I work on my business. Better to do one fully than to do both half-assed.

    I enjoyed your post and as far as things I procrastinate on: sometimes jobs that feel really big or don’t seem to have a natural starting point. My procrastination buster is that these jobs often tend to be the ones that bring my gifts out more fully and the sense of accomplishment is much more rich. When I remember that feeling, it helps me to tackle the next similar task more easily.

    • Kellie Rae says:

      Deb, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. I love that you have recognized the important things in life and are taking steps to ensure balance. Your self-awareness is keen. xo

  3. Andrea says:

    Good post, girlfriend. While I enjoy taking time at the end of the year to review and plan, I sure don’t wait for 1/1 to make necessary changes. Small steps “now” add up to wonderful things. Happy new year to you.

    • Kellie Rae says:

      Good for you, Andrea! You get so much more accomplished that way, and you leave the guilt behind. Happy New Year, my friend! xo

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