The two types of motivation
Fundamental to dealing with procrastination is knowing how best to motivate yourself.
Both of these types can produce motivation. The trick is to know which one works best for you. Neither is necessarily better than the other.
A very 'positive' Towards motivational approach, in which you focus on all the benefits of doing something, will rarely work in dealing with your own procrastination. Using an Away From approach, by focusing on the consequences of inaction you're much more likely to get things done.
Six steps for dealing with Procrastination
- Consider something you like to start procrastinating on. Make sure this is something you could have acted upon before now. Set aside about 15 minutes or so for the following exercise.
- Take a few minutes to feel just how much stress putting this off has already caused you.
- Consider and feel just how much stress procrastinating is really causing you, in every way. Are you feeling guilty for your inaction, etc?
- How much discomfort it will cause you if you continue to do nothing about it for another few months?
- Now, let's switch gears and uncover how it will fee to have taken action and completed your project.
- Compare the cost of taking action (in terms of energy, effort, time) with the cost of not taking action. Write it down.
- Once you recognize how much you're losing by not doing it, and how much time and energy you'll save yourself, ACT!
- Begin taking action right this minute. Commit to seeing it through to completion.