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4 Ways to take ownership of your procrastination

Updated: Jan 25, 2019

We're already well into 2019 and for some, the adjustment from long, lazy days in the sun back to the daily challenges of our nine-to-five routine is proving challenging.

Sometimes it feels like your brain can't switch back to its work-life setting. Getting up for work might not be the problem, but instead, the issue lies with that moment when you are behind your desk, sipping your third cup of coffee feeling stuck in the starting gate.

In moments like these, procrastination takes over. The starting pistol has gone off, and the gates are open, but you remain standing still - staring at the track.

It's time to take ownership of your procrastination habits. All you need is that kickstart to get you going again.

It might seem tough, but with the following steps, you'll find yourself back on track in no time.

Plan for personal effectiveness

In many cases, procrastination could be a goal-setting and time-management issue. Meaning, you don't have a clear idea of the goals you want to achieve or when you are going to accomplish them.

In this case, we suggest that you bring it back to basics. Get your creative juices flowing by starting with what you have before you - a blank screen and a blank diary.

Start to research articles, ideas, and how to guides on the tasks you have before you. Have a look at what others have done and how you can apply it to your own personal or professional situation.

Create a 'Vision Board' - a document or a Pinterest board with some pictures, quotes, or scribbles. You need to eliminate the fog that's clouding your actions and by collaborating ideas; you're slowly setting your wheels back into motion.

Take action

Once you have all your ideas and inspirations before you, it's time to pull your diary closer. The number one rule is to be realistic. We often tend to go overboard during the brainstorming process; becoming overambitious and driven to build Rome in one day. Instead; determine step one, set a realistic deadline for step one, and finish step one before moving on to step two.

"In case of unavoidable delay, simply reschedule and continue as before. A good, carefully thought-through plan should have enough flexibility to accommodate necessary scheduling changes." - Linda Adams, President and CEO of Gordon Training International

Evaluate results

It's important to look back at your process, as it helps you to determine your accomplishments and shortcomings. By effectively working through these shortcomings, you will be able to plan and possibly eliminate them in the future.

"One or more parts may need to be reworked. You may need to go back to one of the preceding steps." - Linda Adams, President and CEO of Gordon Training International


You find yourself slowly getting back on track. The goal now is to stay on track. Something in your process worked. So, don't give up now.

Start every week afresh - from planning to taking action and evaluating the results. In no time, you'll find yourself halfway through the year.

Like most things in life, personal effectiveness takes time. And ridding yourself of procrastination is impossible. It's crucial never to lose faith in your ability to take control of your situation. Letting it control you will have disastrous outcomes. Through your own actions, you are taking the first steps toward the finish line.


Disclaimer: The information contained in this communication is not to be construed as medical advice. Consult a professional on any medical or psychological concerns. The articles and blogs are posted only as opinion or ideas, and are general in nature. The administrator takes no responsibility for any action or outcome a reader may make as a result of reading a post.

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