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How to break your procrastination habit and be productive


In last week’s message, I discussed how your economic and emotional drivers affect your business success. Today I want to continue talking about our drivers and how they influence the biggest killer of our time – procrastination.

So, why is it that people run out of energy to do things that are very important? Why is it that so many people need a looming finish line to make things happen? Why is it that people suffer from this thing called procrastination?

Procrastination causes you to act only when you get close to the finish line, only then can you be productive. We generally procrastinate when there is no energy, which means our emotional drivers are in a trough. If it’s a task you don’t want to do or a decision you don’t want to make, that leads to procrastination.

Procrastination gets in the way of achieving outcomes and earning a reputation for being exceptionally productive.

There is an aspect of procrastination that simply says, ‘I don’t like doing this task’, but the deadline is getting closer and the consequences of not delivering on that deadline mean you are going to be held to account.

It’s all about deadlines.

Some of us choose to live our lives with this being our strategy and pattern for productiveness. Only once the consequences come closer, get bigger and greater do we act because fear sets in.

Procrastination can sometimes actually be a great strategy for short-term productivity. The mind says ‘I don’t like this task’, so you put it off. Then the fear that sets in as the deadline looms means adrenaline is released in your body.

This is a painkiller that creates energy to bust through the procrastination. When you fear a potential negative consequence, adrenaline is released which acts as a painkiller and therefore you move forward and execute.

If this is your pattern, the following points and the diagram below illustrate what it looks like:

Fear releases adrenalin
Adrenalin contains a painkiller
The painkiller is released and this creates energy to get moving.

The reality sets in that something needs to be done and fear comes with that. But when this is your pattern, you are not focusing on getting the work done to the highest standard, you are simply focusing on avoiding the negative consequences of not getting the work done. If this is the way you are training yourself, your body and your mind to react and behave, this is not a path to long-term productivity or success.

The things you procrastinate about are often the things you don’t enjoy or don’t know about. So, the less alignment you have with your drivers, your outcomes and your purpose, the more instances you will have of procrastination, because there will be more unexpected things happening in your business.

If you are not aware of, or don’t fully understand your economic and emotional drivers, the more instances you will have of procrastination. So, the more time you invest and the more you understand your strategic plan – at a deep level – and not just your vision, the fewer instances of procrastination you will have and the more productive you will be.

Having so many things to do that you don’t know where to start can also lead to procrastination. This gets in the way of productivity and outcomes and building a reputation for being a productivity machine.

You can avoid this problem by making sure you only have the right things to do each day – the critical few things rather than the trivial many.

I want to dive deeper into this into coming weeks, as it’s a great topic that is holding so many of us back from reaching our goals.

In the meantime, I encourage you to download our ebook – How To Create A Default Diary. The link is below, and this will be your first step to breaking your procrastination habits.

Power to you this week!

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