Stop Procrastinating - Right Now!

Lisa Crilley Mallis, time strategy visionary, SystemSavvy Consulting, LLC

Take a close look at your action plan, or your to-do list, or your calendar  - how many of these tasks have you procrastinated on?

The reasons we procrastinate are many.  Maybe you subconsciously fear success.  Or failure.  Could be the task doesn’t align with your values and goals.  Often, we procrastinate because the task seems overwhelming large and complicated.  We just don’t know where to start – so we don’t!

How can you stop procrastinating?  Follow these three simple steps:

AWARENESS:  Stop.  Take a few moments to think and answer these questions:

  • WHY have you been putting off this task? 
  • If you had unlimited resources and time, what would prevent you from starting? 
  • What would be possible if you did complete the task?  Does this answer jazz you?  If not, the task may just not be that important to you. 
  • In order to get started, what’s the first step you need to complete?

WORK: Now that you have an understanding of WHY you are procrastinating, start to create some strategies to overcome this obstacle.

  • If the task no longer in line with your values and goals, can you delegate the task to someone else?  Can you shift the project so it better fits? Maybe you can complete a part of the task instead of all of it.
  • Perhaps the task seems too large in scope to ever finish. Break it down into small, easy to complete action steps.  The smallest step possible.  “Finish Presentation” is not an action step.  “Create outline of talking points”, “source graphics”, “create spreadsheet” – THESE are action steps.
  • Is it fear?  Use a support person to talk through the fear.  What’s possible if you finish?  What’s possible if you don’t?  What structures will you need if you are widely successful?  What support will you need if you fail?  Identify these structures and put some support in place.

EVALUATION – After completing your project, evaluate your progress.  What is different about this time?  What else is possible for you?  What changes do you want to continue to make in the future?  What did you learn about yourself? Maybe you decide that you will no longer agree to take on certain projects.  Possibly you add a project worksheet to your resources to help you break down bigger projects in the future.  It’s important to realize that the success you experienced when finishing this project can be built on for the future, as long as you know what you did – so keep track!

Success creates its own momentum. Keep moving toward your goals by using these tools!

Lisa Crilley Mallis, time strategy visionary, combines her experience in education and coaching with her love of schedules, systems, and time management to create personalized and easy to implement solutions. Every person deserves the opportunity to live the life of their dreams feeling in control and bringing balance into their lives.  The crazy, “I’m so busy” feeling does not have to be way of life.   You can live a life where every day is productive, rewarding, and fun!

Lisa is also the author of Your Time. Your Life:  The Busy Woman’s Guide to Simplify Your Day and 30 Days to Success:  An A.W.E. Inspired Journal. 

She lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with her husband Lou and his dog, Neuton.  She loves chocolate, the beach, and country music.  Contact Lisa at Lisa@SystemSavvyConsulting.com