Procrastination: Manage it now and Lower Anxiety and Depression

If you are reading this article the chances are you or someone you know is seriously blocked from highly valued achievement in career, education, relationships and other goals.  Starting a stp right now is imperative.  That step could be hooking up with someone you can trust to talk to regularly about your progress.  Getting the support could be the best thing ever did.  If you don’t have someone in your life to share with, then there are sources you can find on the internet or you may want to get help from a licensed therapist.
The following tips are taken from highly regarded experts in the field:

  1. Start right away with a very small step that takes only 15” at a time and work regularly.
  2. Keep your steps measurable and concrete.
  3. Measure success in effort, not the final result.
  4. Concentrate on each step as an opportunity to learn and avoid measuring self-worth by your ability to achieve some lofty and far off result.
  5. Expect cycles of slowdowns or temporary stops and also times of perceived increased effort.

Procrastination is a normal habit, but can be a serious problem.  It is often a strong habit that requires a thoughtful and dedicated plan to change.  Many people are painfully aware that delaying tasks harms their ability to achieve more vital and satisfactory lives.  It may seem a paradox that we continue to procrastinate when we are aware of the painful losses.  According to the authors of Procrastination: Why you do it, What to do about it now? Understanding your unique advantages of procrastination can be even more important than being aware of the disadvantages.  This inner discovery of motivation is a crucial step to sticking to the often painful process of change.
During the last few years there has been an enormous increase in research and methods that can help manage procrastination and opportunities to join individuals and groups to learn about managing procrastination and making commitments in steps have increased..
How many times have you or someone you know put off a project because the goal seems too overwhelming?  Focusing on an overly ambitious goal may trigger fears of failure and feelings of worthlessness.  Perhaps less well known is fear of success can also be overwhelming.
In summary, procrastination can be very difficult to manage, and requires working on understanding what blocks you from work on a project.  Practicing working on very small measurable steps for short periods of time can aid in sticking to effort.  Finally, choosing a task that can be achieved in a relatively short future, such as cleaning up a room or spending 15” at a time on a writing project, is more likely to succeed than one vague or far off in time, such as becoming highly skilled in a second language.  Start today.

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