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Stop Procrastination in Four Easy Steps!

Article originally published on Girfriends Galore AZ Blog.

So, here you are – the start of another day, week, month and you have a million things to do. It’s true, we all have too many things to get done every day, but we only have so many minutes in an hour and so many hours in a day and so many days . . . I Stop Procrastinationthink you get my drift. I am probably #1 at procrastination unless it’s something I really love to do and yet, even then, I find ways to sabotage myself.

Procrastination is defined as avoiding doing a task that need to be done . . . putting the activity off until tomorrow. So, here are four steps to help you break the procrastination trap. Do not judge yourself as you work through this. This is an assessment and judgements will only block your ability to change your focus and actions.

Step 1: Assess the task

For the most part, we procrastinate in areas where we are apprehensive about our ability to handle the talk effectively. We tend to put off the “doing” and usually end up waiting until the last moment when the pressure is on.

Assess the areas of your life that bring out your procrastination habit. Create a list of those areas that you resist taking action in. For example, you resist making sales calls for work (your issue) and you wait until the last-minute (how you procrastinate). Stop ProcrastinationReview your list and see what themes arise from your list. Most people will find themselves procrastinating because:

•  Fear of their ability to do the task

•  Misjudging the amount of time the task will take

•  Too many “to-do’s” on their list

•  Overwhelmed by the project

•  Don’t know how to break down the project in to manageable pieces

Step 2: Choice or selection

It’s best to start slow when overcoming procrastination. Choose an are you can focus on and keep it simple to ensure achievement – success builds success and this will help you decrease that need to procrastinate.

Stop ProcrastinationSay you have an issue with paying your bills, make the following changes:

•  Choose where to place your bills when they come in

•  Choose how often you will pay your bills, ensuring they are paid on time

•  Select a day/time period when you will sit down to pay your bills

•  Put the day/time period on your calendar every week/month so it is part of your scheduled activities

Trying to tackle too many tasks at once? Select three prioritized tasks each day and tackle them first. Have more time? Add two more tasks and compete them. Over time you will see a list of activities that are consistently being pushed to the next day. This is the time to do your assessment of their value and see if they are something you must do, or if you need to let them go. If they are important to you, you might consider delegating them to someone who would be willing to help you.

Step 3: Share it

We all love to hid that we don’t want others to know about us, we think that people will somehow think less of use if we share.

Let others know what you are doing and don’t be afraid to ask them for their support. Think about how they can best help you achieve your goals. You might be surprised to find you have a friend who is a procrastinator on something you revel in and they in turn love doing something you don’t love. You may have just found the perfect “procrastinator buddy”!

Step 4: Celebrate your success!

Too many times small victories in our day go unrewarded. As a procrastinator you may feel you don’t deserve a reward.

Make sure to reward yourself for accomplishing what you need to get done. Know what you will reward yourself with before you begin. As soon as you accomplish a small goal, celebrate that victory! Make sure the compensation is something you want to Stop Procrastinationdo for yourself. Time is an issue with most people, so your rewards must be realistic – something you can do in an hour. Some rewards to consider:

•  Take a bubble bath

•  Buy a new book

•  Take time to read a favorite magazine

•  Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea out on the patio or deck

We only have today; we are not promised tomorrow. Choose what is of value to you today. Remember, this is your personal journey through life and you are the one who will create more joy in your own life.


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Author: Heather Lundervold

“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand and wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO HOO what a ride!”

Girlfriends GaloreWho would have ever guessed that a desire for more girlfriend time would turn into an international women’s group!   In August 2010, Heather Lundervold, the CEO and Founder of Girlfriends Galore, decided she needed more girlfriend time.  Through her years of networking, owning a successful flower shop for 9 years, a director for Business Network International, and an avid horse rider, she had met so many amazing and successful women.  Being so busy, Heather realized she needed more time with her girlfriends.  After hearing “It’s been so long…we have to get together,” too many times, she decided to create a monthly event she could invite all her girlfriends to for girl time and fun.

At first, the girls would get together once a month for “Girls Night Out.”  It worked out perfectly!  She was able to see her close friends more often and when they arrived at the events, she discovered many of her friends were actually friends with each other as well.  It’s such a small world! As a result: long, lost friendships were rekindled and new friendships began.   The monthly events were held for 1 year and became so successful, Heather decided it was time to expand and offer something great to the community. She started inviting all women looking for fun, friendship and ta-daaa! – Girlfriends Galore was born!

Heather realized, “As a woman, it is always a challenge to stay connected and meet new friends.  We are busy with kids, work, family etc.  Our friendships and relationships are important to nourish, just like our families.  We need girlfriends we can lean on and also escape together on occasion for a little fun.  Now we have a way!”

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