Procrastination is clearly eroded by goal setting by enabling you to not only see where you want to go – but also by providing a clear path on how to get there!
Hey Tracy Brinkmann here from Your Success At Last .com. We here we are with entry four of your Procrastination series. Over the last few blog entries we have been discussing procrastination in depth – today I want to give you your first tool for overcoming procrastination.
As I mentioned in a previous blog entry I actually given you a tool to curb the procrastination habit until now – why? The answer is simple and actually very logical. In all the group and individual coaching that I have done over the years I have found one thing to be absolutely true. That one thing is – the better I get you to understand the very thing you are trying to overcome the much easier it is and more successful you will be in overcoming it when you finally get the tools to do so. The work will still be there to be done, but, the groundwork to get it done will be more solid and you will be more motivated towards its accomplishment.
So I have spent the last three blog posts getting you to look at your procrastination from different angles, or excuses etcs. Today I want to give you your first real tool to begin chipping away at your procrastination
That first tool is: GOAL SETTING
If you are a procrastinator, you probably love this as your first tool. Why? Well because if allows you to take time to think, dream, and plan, possibly even enabling you to procrastinate even more. Because if you take the time to sit down and plan out your task or goal – then you’ve accomplished something haven’t you? Yes and No.
If you plans stay in the computer, in your journal or on the piece paper then yes it’s just another way to procrastinate but use it as the tool it is meant to be it will be the start of a great race, and as any competitive runner will tell you, how you start the race is just as important as how you finish it.
There are few key tips on goals setting for overcoming procrastination I want to share with you so that you do not get caught in the trap of using goal setting as a tool FOR procrastination but rather a tool to OVERCOME your procrastination.
- ONE AT A TIME
Work one goal at a time. Procrastinators love to set goals and make plans and dream big. But they spend all their energy planning not taking action. Narrow your goals down to one and take action – even a small step. Daily small steps towards your goal will do wonders for your psyche, your self esteem and your motivation. If you get the urge to head of and plan another goal, STOP, write that goal down in your journal and come back to it when your current one is complete.
- WALK, RUN, FLY
One the biggest mistakes I see even the most sincere and motivated person make is choose and huge goal right out of the gate. The huge daunting goal looms over them every day like a dark cloud raining doubt on them and they give up. Start with a smaller goal first. The accomplishment of that smaller goal will motivate you to the next bigger goal to the next and so on. You will be building a back of self confidence that will later enable to you to over come what once seems like a huge daunting goal.. one step as a time.
Do not be vague. Avoid setting goals like “I want to lose some weight.” Turn that into a very specific goal. “I am going to weight 175 pounds by the 3rd of March” You see that is clear and specific and you will know when you have reached it.
- CHUNK IT, SLICE IT, DICE IT
Then you can break your goal down into the hows of accomplishment. “I am going to double my green vegetable intake and cut my sweets to two a day” and so on. As you set these precise goals, and chuck them, them slice them and dice them into smaller tasks, you are able to see not only what you want but how to get it!
This one should go without saying. But, then again, we are talking about procrastinators here. Procrastinators love, love, love to set goals and make plans but then that’s where they stop. To break that cycle – immediately after choosing your goal, making it sure its not too big for you right now, defining it clearly and breaking it down – then do something ANYTHING towards its accomplishment. Right then and there. This one simple action of starting will do wonders for your motivation and self esteem.
Goal setting is much more then just writing down what you want to accomplish and hanging that piece of paper of the refrigerator of hope waiting for it to come true. It is a though provoking and planning practice that will compel you to realistically look at what you can accomplish in the time you want to accomplish it.
When you take the time to create a successful goal setting practice and all that it entails you will have laid the foundation for not only the successful completion of that goal but you will completing the goal will give you the motivation, self esteem and self confidence to set, and achieve the next one and the next.
Here are Your Success At Last actions to take:
- What is your stopping point?
Think about where you have usually stopped in any of your past goals, especially those you have found yourself setting over and over again.
- Go back to the project you picked out during the first entry in this procrastination series.
- Does it meet these criteria mentioned?
- Is it the right size for you now? If not go back to your original list and pick out one that is – or create a new one that is the right size.
- Chuck, Slide and Dice the chosen goal into smaller tasks
- Take your first action NOW!
Seriously, take these three actions NOW – and in the next part of this series I am going to talk to you about a very paralyzing problem that promotes procrastination and give you some tips to overcome it!
Until next time – think successfully & take Action!
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