Stop procrastinating

‘Action’ is not always the easiest path to follow

The best time to stop procrastinating is now!

For the final post on the topic we review action plans so you can make a start … today!

Start by making a list of the important things that you have put off, the calls you should’ve made, the writing you should ‘ve done, the exercise plan you should’ve started, the education program you want to do, the list of books you want to read and the things you want to do with your family.

It may be a long list, but that’s OK, remember you can’t do everything at once; read the list of reasons we procrastinate and see if any of those affect the items on your list.  Have a go at prioritising the list. If you have quite a few items perhaps put an A, B or C next to them. ‘A’ is the most important.

The ‘A’s tend to be the biggest and most difficult tasks and carry with them the most baggage. If they didn’t, there would be a fair chance you would have already done them. Now select an item from each part of your list. If your ‘A’ list contains all the big ones perhaps select one from here and easier ones from B and C.

It’s also a good idea to select items from different parts of your life. You may have: start a part-time business at home to create a $5,000 per month passive income stream (A); take the family on a holiday (B); and lose 5 kg and get fitter (C). That’s a business, family and health mix.

You could also select career – work towards a promotion by doing further education, sport – start playing tennis again one evening per week, personal achievement/social – start a breakfast club to meet monthly,  financial – start a savings and investment plan, or any other area that’s important to you. I believe that three is the right number but you may choose to focus only on one depending on your circumstances.

Now, right now today, do one single thing for each of your three choices. Be happy to start small. Spend 10 minutes researching your business idea on the internet and make half a page of notes. Talk to your family about where they would like to go on a holiday or visit a travel agent to get some brochures. Put out that cigarette and walk to the end of the street and back. Even better, walk to the travel agent while thinking about your options for starting a business!

Now you’ve made a start in three important areas of your life. You’ve overcome your procrastination and created some momentum, and now you need to keep it going and follow through. Remember: procrastination can hit at any time on the journey so you need to be strong and keep on moving. Don’t try to do it all at once. Progress is good so allow yourself to feel happy that you’re on your way.

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3 Responses to “Stop procrastinating”

  1. paulhassing Says:

    Great stuff, WLB2. I can see you on a podium speaking to hundreds about what you know. You write with authority and I’m sure there’s a lot of readers who haven’t yet commented who are nonetheless very much digging your scene. I wonder if some will resolve to make a comment today. That sure would be a nice touch. And a just reward for your considerable efforts. With best regards and many thanks for your kind direction. P. 🙂

  2. WorkLifeBankBalance Says:

    Thanks Paul, it would be nice to recieve more comments. I see that many people are reading the posts so it would be great to get other’s views!

    • paulhassing Says:

      My reading suggest that barely one in a hundred readers ever comments. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before you garner your well-deserved feedback. Meanwhile, keep ’em coming! 🙂

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