What are the 2 steps you can take to conquer procrastination?

As a parent or educator you have seen it many times. The clock is ticking and the task or assignment STILL isn’t done. The deadline approaches and there is STILL no real movement. The feeling of frustration gradually gives way to feelings of dread and soon, panic.

And that’s just when YOU procrastinate!

If we, as adults, have trouble getting things done, are we able, then, to help our children and students get things done? Are we just bad role models? Can we do better, and in the process, help the young people in our lives do better?

I offer a decided YES to those questions! Please watch the video below for more.

The key ideas in the video are:

  • “Lazy” isn’t always an accurate way to describe people who are procrastinating.
  • Think about what is causing you to procrastinate; are you not really invested in the results? Is it something you need to do for someone else’s agenda?
  • If you MUST do something, even though you’d rather not, there are some things you can do to get the task accomplished:
    • Plan ahead so you can do tiny steps each day, rather than the whole, big, painful enchilada all at once. Just do something for 10 minutes, or just 2 repetitions.
    • Write it down in your calendar! This is critical. If you have an alarm that you can assign to the task at a particular time, set it. Then when the alarm comes on, do it.
  • Taking steps, even small steps, toward a goal, followed by a small reward, is part of the Progress Principle, explained by Harvard professor, Teresa Amabile. Small accomplishments help your brain feel good, and make you more likely to continue taking those small steps.
  • Not only do these steps help you overcome procrastination, but they are also the key ingredients of developing a good habit. We’ll get to that in the future.

Conquer procrastination and feel successful!

We know that children – students – aren’t the only ones who procrastinate. Adults do it all the time too. Sometimes it’s not a big deal if you put something off, but you know what? Sometimes it matters. So if you can learn to use these tips in your own life, you can demonstrate them and share them with the young people in your life as well. Show the young people in your life that progress toward success – no matter how big or small – is worth celebrating. Plus, it feels great!

In the comments section below: Please either share with us how YOU overcome procrastination when it hits, or else tell us about something you are avoiding right now, and what steps you are going to take to accomplish that task. Writing it down will automatically make you want to finish it, and so will the public accountability!

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  • Linda Galvan

    Thank you for this! I have been taking small steps way in advance – taking my time – creating spaciousness around the end goal and it FEELS so much better. I still procrastinate to some extent, but I will incorporate the alarms as a way to remind me to keep doing the little things daily. I love that idea!

    • http://www.einsteinssecret.net/ Deborah Owen

      Linda, thanks so much for sharing your journey! We ALL procrastinate, and it’s just helpful to remember that there are things we can do to stop the cycle, if we really want to. Cellphone alarms do wonders for me! :-)