3 Ways To Kill Procrastination

February 08, 2019

Procrastination is a BIG deal because it’s really the thing that fences us in from doing what we want in life.

Fences keep us safe, but they also imprison us.

So it’s worth ensuring that the fence is not too high for you to jump over.

Like anything in life that pushes us outside of our comfort zone, being an “action taker” rather than always defaulting to a place that’s safe (where we don’t grow), is something that takes conscious thought.

But it’s well worth working on because there are great rewards at the end.

So, here’s my 3 tips to help you master this learned skill by being a DO-ER instead of an, I WAS GONNA…

  1. Schedule your action – whatever the game plan or goals for your life may be, when you schedule it you make it real. By that I mean, put to paper or into your calendar your plan. There’s a chemical response in the brain that is activated when you actually commit and create an action plan. It could be a series of phone calls you need to make, or simply scheduling in a meditation session for 6am when you rise. Do this rather than just leave things floating around in space and you’ll quickly condition yourself to act on what you’ve scheduled;
  2. Own your brain – Realise that the human brain is a two million-year-old piece of software that hasn’t really moved with the times. Your mind is designed to keep you safe – which is a good thing – but its inbuilt survival software is not necessarily designed to do what’s best for you. The book by Mel Robbins, “The 5 second rule” really nails this where Mel explains that your mind will never want to do what you know you should. The skill is to own your mind, to take control and to tell it who’s boss if you want to be a high achiever and constantly grow. This is a learned discipline that is simply about taking control of your subconscious, habitual mind.
  3. Be outcome focussed – When you focus on the target, everything in between is just a process. This is a framing I use often to get my arse out of bed in the morning to go and train. There are days when I just want to roll over and go back to sleep, but when those days appear, I tune straight into how I know how I’ll feel if I follow through. This is a mindset that I always use for things I don’t really feel like doing that can be applied to you can also apply to your work, special projects and any of your life goals.

Don’t over analyse and train yourself to just DO. It’s not always easy, but your mind like your body is a muscle you can strengthen (if you work it) to do anything.