On this Engaging Life and Leadership podcast we tackle a problem most people fight against at least once in their lives. Procrastination. As we discussed on the podcast last week, there are several factors that can cause us to delay doing something we know we need to do. If we feel guilty about putting off enough tasks, it can result in shame for who we are. But even if we end up in a stronghold of procrastination, it doesn’t mean we must stay stuck. This is great news.
- There are specific and simple ways we can break the chains keeping us bound, and turn on our productive juice. Which is one of the secrets to real happiness.
- When we practice anti-procrastination techniques, we no longer need to feel guilt. Or paralyzed.
- Last week we covered four areas that can throw us into avoidance bondage. This week, we’ll talk about what we can do to break out.
- How physical issues such as fatigue, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and dehydration play a role in procrastination.
Start with tiny steps. First fight fatigue. In our warp-speed twenty-first century society, it’s one of the biggest obstacles to making good decisions. Science proves a tired mind and body start a domino effect of poor nutrition, lack of exercise, dehydration, and procrastination. Set a consistent time for going to bed. Make the room as dark as possible to keep melatonin strong. (The chemical that makes us rest deeply.) Remove all electronics from your bedroom so dings don’t wake you up in the night. Make a goal to do this every night for thirty days to reset your sleep clock. Emotional traps like self-doubt, insecurity, or fear that lead to hesitation. Get intentional about your self-talk. Quit allowing old recordings of negativity to play in your mind. Use the power of words to affirm what God says about you. “You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You exist on purpose. He plans for your good, not to harm you. You are not alone.” Mental sensitivity to tension or discomfort, a compulsion to do whatever feels good in the moment, even if it means known consequences later. Put in writing, your resolve not to let discomfort prevent you from doing something you should. Remind yourself that the harder something is to do, the better you feel when you accomplish it. Fill spiritual gaps in disciplines like reading the Bible, prayer, and quiet time with God. Schedule specific time for spiritual discipline. Make it a practice to read your Bible daily. Ask God to give you wisdom, so you can understand what you read. Talk to God as you would a friend, and don’t be afraid to ask Him questions. Invest in outside help if you need the instigation. I probably spent the best hundred bucks of my life, when I bought Michael Hyatt’s, 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever. The key was pushing myself to complete the whole program, which I did. And because of the push, and tips I wouldn’t have thought of on my own, early into January, I’m truly having my best year ever. Already. Determining to make these simple changes will set you well on your way to overcoming procrastination. Break through to a fresh start. This could be your best year ever, if you give yourself the chance to succeed. Are you accomplishing all you want and need? If so, how? If not, how would it feel to change that? Anita Fresh Faith 1 Corinthians 3:8 (NIV) The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. As Darren and Anita travel the country speaking on leadership and effective life skills, they strive to consistently overcome procrastination tendencies. Taking one productive action at a time, leads you further away from procrastination’s bondage.
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