How to Stop Procrastining

We all do it.

But why? Why do we put off doing what we know we need to do?

Let’s cover the “why” and then the “how”.

5 Reasons why you procrastinate

Reason number one for procrastinating:

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Let’s face it, sometimes a task is so gross, so gnarly, so time-consuming or complicated, that it cramps our brain even to think about it. This is one of the reasons why some people shove the task to the back side of their brain…it’s just too painful to think about.

You want to do it, but you are overwhelmed

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Yea, I think we’ve all been at this place. Overload is a key reason for putting things off, even when we know it’s important.

Procrastination reason number 3.

You don’t think it’s a big enough priority to do it now..

“Why do today what can be done tomorrow?”

Many procrastinators think this way. Unless their backside is in flames, they prefer to wait….and wait…and wait. The good news is, many of these midnight hour, crunch-time types actually work better under pressure (which is not very comforting to more rigid personality type planners, but it works for them).

…or ever

Some people who are accused of procrastinating are not actually procrastinators. It’s just that, they have no intention of ever doing the task. But somehow, they know that society expects them to

Go back to school

Lose 10-pounds or even

Clean that top shelf

So to make people empathize with them, they join the ranks of “someday I’m going to” stop smoking, get rid of this old piece of furniture, or…whatever it may be. Probably, they are not bothered all that much with their habit, weight, or less than perfect lifestyle. But it makes them fit in to complain with the others and set resolutions they have no intention of reaching…or even trying to.

Sometimes people procrastinate doing something, because they want attention…

We’ve all heard the story of the kid that misbehaves because they are being neglected by mom and dad. In relationships, some adults do this, because if their partner never had a complaint, they’d both never talk to one another.

…Or because, they resent having to do it.

This is not to say that the task is something that they dislike, or even that it is something that they wouldn’t cheerfully do, if weren’t for…the grudge. Yes that’s right, many heel-draggers consciously or subconsciously put off a task that they really don’t mind working on, just because they resent being told that they must do it. Sometimes the request is a reasonable one, but the person asked to do it, doesn’t think it’s fair. Or sometimes, the reason that the procrastinator won’t do the task, has nothing to do with resenting the task, but with driving the other person crazy….because of a long standing grudge that they have toward that person. That’s called Passive Aggression, and you can  learn more about that here

I talk all about these behaviors and how to get over them in my  eBook

“How to finally Stop Procrastinating”

The truth is, procastination costs all of us time, money, and emotional freedom.

In my ebook, I show you practical ways to get motivated and get ‘er done.

And here’s a good reason not to put this off…it’s 100% free; for right now, anyway.  So don’t wait–grab it while you still can– before it costs you.



My secret to success

A lot of people know what it takes to be successful, but they fail to do it.

Jesus himself said that there would be people like this: they would read His advise, yet fail to keep it.

I think a lot of internet marketing programs are like that; they teach people what to do to be successful, but the student never actually does what they were taught to do.

They are ever-learning, yet not becoming wiser.

How many readers, I wonder, have purchased internet marketing tutorials and manuals in abundance, yet never put them into practice?

The wisest man who ever lived, said that people like this are building their foundation on the sand.

But people who read His word, and do it, have a rock for a foundation.

You can read this story in the seventh chapter of the book of Matthew.

So, what is the secret to success? (remember, you need to actually do it):

Joshua 1:7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.

8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

So there it is: the secret of my success is:

I read God’s Holy Word, the Bible, in order that I may actually do what it says.

Then, I meditate on it day and night.

Hey, reader, do you wake up every day and ask God to speak to you through His word?

Do you do what It says?

Do you meditate on the Word He gives you…all day and night?

I know you’ve heard this before. But this time, no more sand castles. This time, build on  a rock.

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say”?

(Would you like to know more about Jesus?)

How to go the distance

How to go the distance.

As you proceed in your online ventures, there are going to be times when you just need to pump your self up a little bit. Here are some tips that   have become my “go juice” if you will.

  1. Put on your thinking cap. Yes, every morning, I have a serious brainstorming session where I go over my business and meticulously ask myself “Are there gaps?”. Then, I fill those gaps. Seomtimes, the gaps take several days, sometimes longer, but I put them on the list and schedule a time to work them
  2. The everyday same old. Alright this just means the ho hum, everyday details that need to be done. I spice that up after I schedule a time for each of those. Maybe I hang the necessary tasks one by one from the ceiling, written on a note card.  Maybe I write it on the mirror in lipstick so it will haunt me the next morning, if I know I’ll put that task off. I might spell it out by using cheerios as letters  if I really want to get my attention (I have found this to be very effective for my teenagers).
  3. Having said all this, I bring you to my next point which is..”It doesn’t have to be fun…it just has to get done”. What I mean is, I take those tasks and I just…do them. Even if there’s no time to make it look pretty on paper (or table, hanging from ceiling…whatever)
  4. Withdraw and analyze. At the end of the day, I go over my business one more time. And that’s really the secret to my success. I am diligent.

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