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  • Writer's pictureMary Cassidy

5 Tips to End Procrastination and Take Action!

5-4-3-2-1 Start! Mel Robbins book of the same name screams at me today. (Tip 1: ID something you need to do, count 5-4-3-2-1 and when you get to 1, DO IT.)

This guy staring at the computer is me: I've been ignoring the "write blog" to do item for over 90 days. Ridiculous that I've put it off because of some fear or belief from the past. But I'm accessing compassion toward myself and old habits these days. I work better and change faster when my self talk is Kind and Caring. (Tip 2: Turn toward procrastination instead of looking away from it and breathe. It's just a pattern.)

Next, ID what procrastination does for you. In this instance, not writing a blog kept me safe from feeling vulnerable, protecting me from rejection, humiliation and shame. (Tip 3: Identify what procrastination is doing for you.)

Take a small action toward the thing you're avoiding. (Tip 4: Do one very simple thing, right this minute, to change your relationship with procrastination.) For me, I plop myself at the computer and begin. Write one sentence, one paragraph, one title--anything that affirms your new behavior of ending procrastination.

Reward yourself by "habit tracking." James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, says "One of the most satisfying feelings is the feeling of making progress." This blogger is now headed to Gateway Office Supply to buy gold stars. I'll put one on the calendar for each day I write a blog. Today is a gold star day because I changed my relationship with procrastination. (Tip 5: reward yourself with habit tracking and celebrate your little wins!)

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