We all want it. A specific, simple, and step-by-step plan to move you past procrastination and into a productive and meaningful life. Well get ready for relief from the guilt and pressure, because Engaging Life and Leadership has the prescription to help you recover from delay-tactics that are holding you back.
In our continued efforts to discuss relevant issues for Christian men AND women in leadership, we tackle this pervasive culture problem. Do you struggle with procrastination? If so, listen to this well thought out discussion on Engaging Life and Leadership.
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Here’s the Engaging Life and Leadership Permanent Procrastination Busting Plan:
1. Get a resource that’s proven to work.
I invested money and time in a trusted resource. As a huge fan of Michael Hyatt, I purchased, and completed his new 2014 program, 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever. No spoiler alerts here, though we do touch on a couple of the elements I learned on this episode. The next time it becomes available, we highly recommend you consider purchasing Michael’s goal-setting process, it will definitely change your life for the better. A few days after I finished it, I’m already experiencing my best year ever.
2. Put your plan in writing.
We fool ourselves when we think a mental checklist is enough. Scientific studies prove that writing things down causes the information to embed more deeply into the memory cortex of our brains. Hand-write, type, use a structured program or app, whatever it takes for you to visualize and link action oriented thoughts to choices and decisions you make.
3. Have a funeral before you plan your new life.
Statistics show that 86.3% of those who intentionally review their past, journaling or listing what they experienced, failed and succeeded at, or in other words, learned, will achieve their goals. As opposed to only 14.8% who try to leave the past behind, without dealing with unresolved disappointments, resentment, grief, or other painful issues. Face the casket of your yesterday, then you will be free to bury what threatens to hold you back.
4. Celebrate good times, come on!
Those who determine to celebrate today, are proven to increase their reasons to do so tomorrow. (This is tweetable.) Are there life lessons you need to acknowledge? People you should thank? Hard times you’ve overcome? Permission you need to give yourself? A treat you forgot or didn’t allow? Review your achievements, and don’t be afraid to celebrate with gusto — after all, if you don’t do it, who will? (Just don’t make this a narcissistic or self-centered process. Exercise humility, and include those who helped you do what you wanted. Celebrate with those who were part of your big and small successes.)
5. What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
What’s the worst thing that would happen if you tried and failed? What might you regret at the end of your life if you don’t try? These are the questions to help you determine whether the risk is worth the reward. You only get one shot on Planet Earth, make the best of your time now — before it’s too late.
6. Make a detailed list, check it twice, mark it off.
The reason so many fail to achieve their dreams, goals, finish projects, fail at school, jobs, or home, is often directly related to a sense of feeling overwhelmed. But lists help us break big projects into bite sized chunks. First, go to Anita’s webpage on brainstorming, do a quick study, then let your mind run free for 5-10 minutes to start your list process. https://www.anitabrooks.com/brainstorming-guidelines-tips-from-a-certified-facilitator/. Next, weed out those things that aren’t feasible, and delete them. Then, create a side list for low-priority items, Anita calls this a Parking Lot, for things you don’t want to forget, but can’t or shouldn’t focus on now. For the remaining items from your brainstorm, break each thing into its smallest action form. Be specific. List those in order of priority, and voila, you have a detailed list that provides a clear, simple focus to keep you on track. This entire process takes an estimated 45 minutes to an hour, but will save you volumes of time throughout the year. The only thing left, is to maintain your list, and mark things off as you complete them. The sense of accomplishment will keep you motivated and give you extra energy.
7. Consider the why behind your what.
“People who’ve lost their way, have lost their why.” All credit for this goes to Michael Hyatt, but he’s so right. The reason many of us lose our way is because we fail to think about the why behind our what. Why are your goals, projects, to-do lists what they are? Dig into yourself and resolve to write down why it’s important for you to accomplish these things. Self-reflection and motivation are the secrets to truly getting off your duff and moving, and/or finishing what you start.
8. Tickle yourself.
Distraction is a mean animal, and so is an out-of-sight-out-of-mind failure to launch. Protect yourself from this deadly enemy, by creating reminders. Find what works for you. Writing ticklers on piece of paper and placing them on your bathroom mirror, kitchen refrigerator, in your car? Using a Google calendar? Creating an event and alert on your iPhone or iPad? Telling Siri to remind you? Downloading an app like Habit Tracker, Evernote, Productivity Wizard, or one of the other many free or almost free technologies available.
9. Just get up and do five already!
One of the biggest issues we all face is our own psyche. We work ourselves up by mentally pumping the task into a much bigger giant than it really is. The secret is to get up and do something. Give yourself a measurable starting time, i.e. I’ll do five minutes on the treadmill. I’ll spend five minutes picking up the living room. I’ll write five hundred words on my book. I’ll invest five minutes to start my goal-setting list. Whatever that thing is you are procrastinating from, take the first bite, and do SOMETHING! Busting through a start wall is the hardest, yet most powerful action you can take. After that, get ready for a productive and energizing day, which can lead to a productive and meaningful life.
Engage in Life and Leadership — are you ready to bust procrastination habits and become productive?
Anita Fresh Faith
Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.
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, you can step into a more meaningful and power-filled life.
Receive an abundance of prosperity and peace when you learn and apply the secrets discussed. This show on Engaging Life and Leadership will inspire you to make simple, yet powerful changes. Your life should never be the same. Remember, you’re always leading, but are you leading well?
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Don’t forget to check out Anita’s Book, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, and Darren’s book, Unrighteous today.