When I was a kid, I would regularly get a little rock in my shoe, and I’d often forget to take it out. Of course, when I first felt the rock in my shoe I tried to adjust my shoe or I’d try to move the rock around in my shoe and it bothered me. The more I messed with the rock and my shoe, the more I noticed the uncomfortable sensations caused by the rock. But, over time, as I focused on the things I wanted or needed to do, I stopped noticing the sensations caused by the rock. The rock was still there, but my attention had shifted to something more important to me.
Just like that rock, the urge to procrastinate is always there, but when you focus on what you want to do, it’s a whole lot easier to deal with. When you are focused on activities you value, you are less likely to focus on the urge to procrastinate even though it is still there.
In this series of articles, I’ll walk you through some important steps toward overcoming procrastination.
Assessing Your Urge to Procrastinate – The first step is figuring out why you procrastinate. This process is not to make you feel bad, but to identify the situations causing the problem so you can make the right changes.
Accepting Your Urge to Procrastinate – Accepting the urge doesn’t mean agreeing to procrastinate, but it is an important step to overcoming this problem.
Acting on Your Values to Overcome Procrastination – Focusing on your values allows you to ignore the urge to procrastinate.
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