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Change Your Thinking To Stop Procrastination

Updated: Jan 24

If we’re honest, everyone procrastinates at some time or another and because of this, we’ve missed opportunities, delayed outcomes, and caused other negative consequences because of procrastinating.

If you’ve ever intentionally deferred acting on a goal or put off doing what needed to be done to realize your dream, get through school, acquire that promotion, lose/gain that weight, or take that bold step, then you have most definitely procrastinated.

The key to real change is changing your mindset. You can change your mindset by changing your thoughts. And what motivates your thoughts?

Perception, how you see things. Your thoughts all arise from your view of a circumstance, situation, or the world in general. You have more control over your world than you think. If you think you can, or if you think you cannot, you are correct. You can change your mind - and your life - by changing your thinking and to stop procrastinating. Here’s how:

1. Make a conscious decision to change your mind. Start to think differently about your goals, projects, and tasks. Think “urgency” and “opportunity.” This will cause you to see the benefits of pursuing those actions with expedience.

2. Like Nike says, “Just Do It.” There is no time like the present to do what needs to be done. Whenever you think of procrastinating, redirect your thoughts to this short command. Let your mind hear it over and over. Eventually, your mind will start to use this thought in the first place.

3. Avoid putting overdue emphasis on the negative aspects. Thinking about all the things you don’t like about a task can cripple you from even getting started on it. When you’re in this frame of mind, excuses have a way of flooding the mind and making you feel better about not working on the task.

4. Focus on the benefits. Think of the benefits you’ll receive by getting the task done early or on time. When you do this continuously, you’ll become more effective at getting yourself to go ahead and do what needs to be done. The more you practice, the better you’ll get.

5. Avoid discussing the project with those who criticize everything. Sadly, they are only able to focus on the “what ifs,” and “all that could go wrong.” They can put you in a quandary about the task or project, thus delaying you or keeping you from starting it in the first place. Also be mindful of who you share your dreams and goals with. Be sure that they are someone who is trustworthy and will be supportive and encouraging of you.

Listen to episode 4 of the #ItsTimeToThrive podcast HERE on how to Change Your Thinking To Stop Procrastination.

BY Women Who Slay @womenwhoslay



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