Resources on Beating Procrastination
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Dr. Nancy Irwin, PsyD
A trained opera singer turned stand-up comic turned psychotherapist, Dr. Nancy Irwin knows a thing or two about change. Author of the nonfiction YOU-TURN: CHANGING DIRECTION IN MIDLIFE, she specializes in making change fun.
A frequent media expert and popular speaker, Dr. Nancy can “edu-tain” on a variety of issues that keep people frozen and fearful.
It is very easy to spot a procrastinator……they are frustrated, they complain, and they spend more time wondering why they are stuck than getting in action. Unfortunately, they usually had poor role models for effectiveness. Yet, an important point is that this is NOT a fixed trait…..it is learned behavior, and whatever we learn, we can un-learn. The best way to get started breaking this undesirable habit is write your goals down, and divide them up into small easily doable steps. Then, enroll a partner to hold you accountable for staying in action. Report into him/her daily, weekly, etc. Reward yourself for each step…it can be something simple like a manicure or a some fresh flowers. Celebrate each and every small step, and especially the big ones. Then, start tapering off the rewards so that the accomplishments will become their own reward.
Kate Raidt has tackled five of the most challenging jobs in the world: door-to-door salesperson, marathon runner, lead singer of a pop band, author and parent. After twenty doors have been slammed in your face, it’s easy to say, “I’ll try to sell again tomorrow.” When training for a marathon, it’s easy when you’re suffering from shin spints and have lost half of your toenails to say, “I’ll train harder next week.” When your dream is for your band to book the Viper Room on the Sunset Strip, it’s easy to think, “Maybe I’ll wait til next year when I have a bigger fan following.” When writing a book, it’s easy to say, “I’ll probablly have more creative ideas tomorrow.” And with parenting, the most important job on Earth with the fewest manuals, it’s really easy to say after a meltdown with your 2-year old, “I will read you a book tomorrow night instead, honey.” Kate Raidt has been a top producer in door-to-door sales for 16 years, has never missed a marathon training, performed at the Viper Room, was nominated for an American Music Award, has published a book – all while keeping her family a top priority. Procrastinator? Are you kidding?
In 2006, my husband and I were selling supplemental insurance as a husband/wife team. One day, we were out in a small Texas town called Elgin. I started feeling flu-like symptoms coming on and desperately wanted to go home. I called Daniel and said, “Baby, we need to call it quits today. I’m feeling terrible and I cannot talk to another human being.” Daniel said, “But I just got a referral to the local pharmacy to talk to their employees about our insurance.” I said, “We can catch them tomorrow. Let’s go home.” Daniel begged and pleaded that I “just go introduce myself”. I caved. I dragged my sick butt and bad attitude into the pharmacy. I sat down with the pharmacy manager and gave the lamest presentation of my life. She bought. Not only did she buy, but she informed us that her entire staff was in the middle of renewing their insurance policies with our competitor. She immediately told everyone to buy our insurance instead. My husband and I had a record-breaking day of sales. All of a sudden, I felt a whole lot better!
If we had gone home and followed up with the pharmacy the next day, they would have already renewed their policies with our competitor and we would have lost the business.
The biggest lesson I have learned in life and business: When you feel like quitting, knock on one more door.
Emmett Enterprises, Inc.
Rita was the world’s greatest procrastinator; then she converted. She is now a “Recovering Procrastinator.”
So, with her strong (her husband says “sometimes obnoxious”) passion to help people break their procrastination habits, she has proudced CDs, DVDs, On-line Courses and a best-selloing book called The Procrastinator’s Handbook.
Procrastination is not a personality trait or character flaw that you were born with. It is simply a habit, and she can teach you quick, easy steps to break that habit.
Dr. Laurel Clark, D.M., D.D.
School of Metaphysics
Dr. Clark is a teacher of metaphysics, an author, counselor, and interfaith minister. She is the national president of the School of Metaphysics, a 501(c)(3) educational organization with 15 branches in ten states. Dr. Clark has been teaching adults for 30 years and has appeared on radio programs worldwide, educating people about the mind. Some of her books are: Concentration, The Law of Attraction and Other Secrets of Visualization, and Shaping Your Life: The Power of Creative Imagery. She teaches essential life skills to corporations and professional organizations such as Hilton Hotels, Eli Lilly, National Association of Social Workers, and Cox Communications.
People often procrastinate out of insecurity. They don’t believe they can accomplish the task, so they put it off. Visualizing the end result, and more importantly, visualizing how they will be and how they will transform, is a key element in being motivated to act NOW. Another cause for procrastination is the failure to have another goal beyond the one that is facing you in the present. It is helpful to have stair-step goals, so that completing one project leads into the next. This provides a motivation for taking action and also supplies the necessary energy for fulfilling the desire. Without another goal, people get tired or burnt out and don’t finish what they start.
Gloria Arenson, MFT
Gloria Arenson, MF
I have been a Licensed psychotherapist for 29 years and have been teaching classes about procrastination and counseling procrastinators for over 20 years. I have written 5 self improvement books about compulsive behaviors such as compulsive eating and compulsive spending and view procrastination as a compulsion in which the person is unable to stop himself from stopping himself.My latest book is EFT for Procrastination.
Procrastination is not about getting better organized. Procrastinators can’t stop themselves from stopping themselves or not completing. This is due to underlying fear that results from earlier traumatic events that are still stored in the brain. Present situations trigger the fear because the brain thinks it is happening again, and the procrastinator feels stuck and is unable to get started or complete projects.
Using a cutting edge acupressure technique called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), that raises the serotonin in the brain, fears are eliminated and the procrastinator is freed to move ahead.
Once people understand that they are not lazy or crazy and that there is a neurobiological origin of their behavior, a lifetime of guilt and shame can be released.
Karol Ward, LCSW
Karol Ward is a licensed psychotherapist, nationally recognized speaker and Communication Consultant. The purpose of her work is to show people how to link their hearts and their heads when making personal and professional decisions
Procrastination is usually based on some element of fear. When people procrastinate, out of fear, they usually need one of the following: 1). Understanding and resolution of what you are afraid of. 2). Reassurance and support to continue forward while you are feeling fear 3). Concrete information on how to move forward and an explanation on what the next steps will be. When you can identify which of these three areas is causing you procrastination, you can unstick yourself and move forward in the way you want. Look for the people and resources that can provide what you need in any of the areas mentioned above.
Dr. Toni Galardi, Ph.D.
Dr. Toni Galardi is a licensed psychotherapist, author, columnist, and public speaker for twenty two years. Her topic centers around assisting people in overcoming the fear of change. She taught a course on procrastination at The Learning Annex in Los Angeles for two years. This year, Dr. Galardi’s first book was published and she is in the middle of a virtual book tour as well as traditional media.
Her column “Ask the LifeQuake Doctor” addresses procrastination in the October issue with a four point plan for transforming it. She will also be appearing on an ABC affiliate in California in October talking about this subject.
At the core of procrastination is the fear of change. Before you can address whether an individual is procrastinating due to being afraid of success or failure, you have to address the deeper fear – that if I act,if I decide, the belief is, I will lose something. In choosing this, I have to give up that. In choosing to get my work in on time, I choose accountability and lose freedom, for example. By choosing to commit to a relationship, I give up what I have in being single, etc
By going back to the first experience you had that required a commitment to something ( it could be trying out for sports, for example) you might find some kind of pain or loss that was incurred which set up an unconscious decision to delay making decisions. Finding where the self sabotaging pattern is held in the body and anchoring a new pattern can be transformative.
author, “Is This Thing On?”
Having authored three books, I confess to being a master procrastinator, but have come up with a plethora of tricks to get myself to complete projects on time. Proudly I can report that every book was handed in on deadline, but it didn’t happen without struggle, discipline, and a little self-deception. (With the first book I bought non-refundable airline tickets to Poland the day of deadline so I couldn’t hand it in late!)
I regularly tell myself that I don’t need to finish my work, but instead simply start it.
With my last book, “Is This Thing On?”, I broke it down into palatable chunks spanning to my deadline. It was a battle to hit each benchmark, but it meant that come deadline I was only working to finish the last segment, not the entire book. I also fudged my deadlines and pushed them forward a few days, but pretended that those were the actual deadlines.
It took some retraining, but I broke myself of staying up late to meet a deadline and, instead, would start very early before distractions (e-mail, phone calls, etc.) took over. It felt so satisfying to have already done my work and have the whole day ahead of me rather than dreading work at night and suffering from sleep deprivation.
What really jump started the last book was that I found a similarly procrastination-challenged friend. We met monthly to discuss our goals and the work necessary to meet them. We devised a system of daily e-mail checks and balances. The subject of the e-mail noted the length of time worked vs the time allotted (i.e. 1/2:1 = worked for a half an hour when an hour was planned). At the end of the month we would do a face-to-face fess up, re-evaluate, and move on.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I don’t think a procrastinator is ever cured, but constantly managed and re-tweaked.
I am an internationally recognized artist known primarily for my drawings and sculptures of dancers. I have been featured in books, magazines, newspapers, radio, TV and film. Currently I live and work with my wife Beverly on our historic 1856 ranch north of Austin, Texas. Before acting as my full time muse and business manager, Beverly was a model and then in sales and marketing for Diane von Furstenberg, Revlon and Ralph Lauren. You can see my work at www.pablosolomon.com
“Procrastination is the Devil’s Barricade to God’s Blessings”
Because of my success as an artist, I am often asked to speak to college art classes and other groups of artists. Of course, they all want to know the “secrets” of my success. Unfortunately, the “secrets” are not necessarily what they want to hear—hard work, discipline, tenacity, creativity, good marketing, etc. They especially do not want to be told that the biggest problem for most “artists” is procrastination. One of the only shared characteristics of artists that never get anywhere is that their most prominent art is that of procrastination.
Tom, I have been featured in numerous books and magazines on finance (check a few on my website) for my advice in making and managing money in the art business. Many business writers realize that the advice that I give to artists is applicable to any endeavor.
Plus, I have an interesting and entertaining way of sharing business advice.
Procrastination is really a success killer in any field. My first lesson is — get a pencil and piece of paper and make a mark–others will soon follow. Ideas are nothing but fantasies until you turn them into tangible accomplishments. Picasso had to pick up a pencil for the first time or we would never have heard of him.
It is easier to procrastinate in a world of fantasy than to actually get off your butt, do something and face the reality of success or failure.
Procrastination is just a lazy and cowardly way of avoiding the chance of failure–pablo solomon (my “brand” is all small letters)
It is easier to procrastinate than to face the possibility that you might fail.–pablo solomon
Procrastination is the Devil’s barricade to God’s blessings–pablo solomon
Performance improvement executive and sales coach Leanne Hoagland-Smith brings 30 years of expertise in sales and management. As speaker, a published author with over 1,500 articles and author of “Be the Red Jacket The Keys to Unlocking Sales Success,” she quickly identifies and then separates the false problems from the real issues.
Procrastination is a symptom and demonstrates a lack of written values along with no written action plan and detailed written goals. Since time management is an oxymoron as no one can manage a constant, then the true problem is self-management. When people procrastinate, they are compromising their values because of their failure to be committed to taking the necessary actions to get to where they wish to go. Procrastination also suggests a definite lack of clarity around the issue of purpose as well.
Julie Christiansen, BA
Julie Christiansen is an expert in Anger Resolution and Stress Management. She developed the Anger Solutions program as a way to help people resolve rather than manage anger, and has been using this philosophy to teach communication, stress, and time management principles for over 15 years. Julie is the author of several books including Anger Solutions, and Stress Less in 27 Days, in which she addresses the challenge of procrastination and time management.
The Anger Solutions approach to procrastination is based on the pain-pleasure principle: that is, human beings will always do much more to avoid pain, than we will to gain pleasure. Hence the goal in overcoming procrastination is more about making procrastination more painful than the initial painful emotion we might feel while completing a boring, hard, or time consuming task.
Philip Mandel, MS, NLP Master Prac, C.Ht
Phil is a Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and Certified Hypnotherapist, doing coaching with individuals as well as presenting workshops, seminars and keynotes since 1996. As a former procrastinator himself, he has made great progress unraveling his own former procrastinative behavior and worked with many others to do the same.
Interestingly, people don’t always complain about procrastination per se. The issue is more often couched in complaints like depression, not getting things done, feeling stuck, etc. Thus, procrastination is really a symptom, while the actual cause or problem is something deeper — e.g., lack of self-esteem, feelings of unworthiness, hopelessness. The NLP approach is to ask, “What is the positive purpose of this particular behavior (procrastination)? The part of you that is creating this behavior — what is it trying to do for your benefit?” Once we have an answer to that question, we can proceed to reframe and resolve the issue. This addresses the underlying need that the behavior is seeking to address, in essence a Holistic approach and therefore both gentle and effective.
Dave Crenshaw’s mission is to help you get more time. Dave has shown business leaders worldwide how to uncover hidden hours every day and increase their per-hour worth. Dave is a frequent radio guest on stations throughout North America. He is the author of The Myth of Multitasking: How ‘Doing it All’ Gets Nothing Done, a time management bestseller reviewed in TIME magazine and soon to be available in six languages.
Not only will Dave Crenshaw speak authoritatively on this subject (as both someone who has helped executive clients worldwide overcome it and having overcome it personally), but he will provided a unique perspective on the moments when procrastination is actually your friend.
WaterMark International, Inc.
Dwain DeVille, CEO/entrepreneur coach and founder of WaterMark International, Inc., has a book out now called the Biker’s Guide to Business that is aimed at helping anyone in business achieve their goals. He also doubles as a lifelong biker, and he uses his motorcycling experience to create a unique and comprehensive perspective on how to navigate through tough times in business – and in life.
Deville talks about the “in between”, or the little things that are crucial to achieving success. Those are the tasks that most of us put off when we procrastinate. Deville offers solutions on how to get those things done and why it is so important in business and in life.
Richard J. Atkins, Ed.D.
Improving Communications, LLC
Dr. Richard J. Atkins is the founder / CEO of Improving Communications, a New York-based corporate education firm. Dr. Atkins is a communications expert, dealing with the various problems people have as they find ways to reach their maximum potential.
Many people have external communication problems. Many more have internal communication problems. Procrastination is one of those internal communication roadblocks. Fear tells the person that s/he cannot, or should not move forward. All of the different “smokescreens” (like, for example, perfectionism) that spring from fear and validate procrastination can be examined and moved past, as long as there is willingness.
Dr. Gregg Steinberg
Dr. Gregg Steinberg has written the book, Full Throttle: 122 strategies to supercharge your energy and performance at work (Wiley, 2009). Many of the stories deal with taking action to avoid procrastination, overcoming our fears to reduce procrastination, and becoming more rational in our thought to avoid procrastination, plus a variety of other examples. Dr. Steinberg is a professor of human performance at Austin Peay State University.
Usually we overexaggerate our fears such as the fear of rejection. We believe it to be so terrible and this can block us from taking action. Once we become more rational in our thoughts (making irrational beliefs more rational), we will move forward toward our goals.
Bante Design LLC
DeAnna Radaj has degrees in Marketing (double minor in Psychology & Political Science) and Interior Design. She also has a background in Feng Shui, aromatherapy and color theory. DeAnna has put all of these skills together to form the Integrative Lifestyle Design philosophy, and helps people make their spaces work for THEM. Through proper color schemes, space-planning and accessory choices, and becoming more focused on GOALS and INTENTION of what you want to achieve and/or change, DeAnna can help design (or teach/write/speak) a space that works for all occupants.
DeAnna specializes in Integrative Lifestyle Design-healthy home design-where your ENVIRNOMENT can affect you mentally & physically. She will discuss the affects of clutter, color & your interior’s accessories on your behavior-focusing on PROCRASTINATION. Learn some tips on how to make your space work for you & help you break bad habits and increase quality of life!
Free Spirit Gallery Publishing
Clint Cora is a Karate World Champion, motivational speaker and author of ‘The Life Champion In You’. He is also a former corporate executive in the pharmaceutical industry. His keynotes and book are about one man’s journey from tragedy to Karate World Champion and the universal lessons that you can learn for your own life. In both his book and presentations, Clint talks about procrastination along with effective solutions to overcome it.
We have all procrastinated at some point in time. Clint views procrastination as a complication that can be overcome by associating with the right type of people in life. Some of our goals cannot be achieved alone or in isolation. Sometimes, we need help from other people to help us achieve these goals. Being with the right type of people to motivate, inspire and push us will help us overcome procrastination. Clint identifies the right type of people as well as the ones to avoid in order to help eliminate procrastination in our lives.
ORGANIZATION Plus! Inc.
For more than 20 years Susan Lannis has been helping small business owners shift from overworked and overwhelmed to clear, purposeful action. As one of those clients said, “As the dead ends and bottle necks began to disappear, I became less depressed and less oppressed when I sat in my office. Every session has been a tremendous help.” With a gift for seeing the patterns in chaos, Susan helps her clients shed the burdens of to many to-do’s to a short list of high value return-on-investment activities. By setting aside the clutter – physically and mentally – and ending the procrastination-to-guilt-to-lost energy cycle, Susan helps her clients accomplish their most important work simply, smoothly and easily. Susan speaks, writes and produces audio and video programs on procrastination, time usage, organization and a full range of productivity related topics.
We can only do or think one thing at a time. Therefore, prioritization is a necessary function. The process of prioritization is one of deciding to set one or several things aside in favor of another. Procrastination is also the process of setting aside one or several things in favor of one. So, what is the difference between prioritization and procrastination? It’s our emotional reaction. We feel good about prioritizing and bad when we are procrastinating. The very first step is to ask yourself “Why do I feel bad about setting that aside?”. The answer is almost always a conflict of values – there is something more valuable about what you are setting aside than what you are choosing to do. Get clear about your values – what matters to you and your success –first. When you use value as the basis for deciding what to do and when, the decisions feel good and right and procrastination fades away in the face of good prioritization.
Rory Cohen, Idea Implementation Expert
Rory Cohen is an Idea Implementation Expert with Masters degrees in Business and Psychology. She is founder and president of Take 10 Now, a coaching program on how to implement Big Ideas “10 minutes at a time.” Author of “Take 10: How to Achieve Your Someday Dreams in 10 Minutes a Day”, she blogs regularly on implementation for Entrepreneur.com and has been featured on national media including the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine, SmartMoney, MSNBC , NPR and the View.
There are many reasons why you procrastinate and we will be talking about some of them on the show. But why do we procrastinate about things we say are of great importance to us? Ask an audience and most will respond “No time”. Great excuse, poor reason. We have plenty of time for the things that are truly important. Taking one small action is often enough to get even the most hardened procrastinators over the “action hump”. This proven technique is at the core of the Take 10 system: “small actions, taken consistently, lead to big results”.
Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP
Caroline Miller Coaching, LLC
Caroline Miller is considered one of the leading experts in the world on the intersection of the science of goal accomplishment and Positive Psychology. Her latest book, “Creating Your Best Life” (Sterling 2009) is the first mass market book on goal accomplishment that contains research and footnotes with empirical evidence on how people can create and accomplish the goals that will bring them the most joy, and learn how to deal with common downfalls like lack of willpower, procrastination, living in a negative environment and poor resilience skills.
Procrastination is a solvable behavior trait that is often linked to poor self-regulation skills, overuse of technology, anxiety/depression and poor organizational abilities. Once a person can map their own procrastination sequence and understand its underpinnings, you can take specific research-based steps to help you conquer procrastination and enjoy a life of proactive success.
Dr. Jayme Albin, MA, Ph.D
Ask the Cognitive Behavior Therapist
Dr. Albin is an expert in behavior management and modification strategies. For the last 9 years she has been coaching executives and students on performance strategy. Her unique background – a blend of business and psychology gives her insight into various work place situations where procrastination feeds organizational problems including loss of productivity and morale. Her clinical expertise as a Cognitive Behavior Therapist gives her the tools to pin point assumptions and cognitive rules that interfere with performance and other self defeating behaviors such as procrastination, and the skill set to help individual and group develop alternative behaviors to over come such obstacles.
Dr. Jayme Albin holds a BBA in Banking and Finance from Hofstra
University, a Masters in Developmental Psychology from Columbia
University and a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from Albert
Einstein. She has authored several articles on performance and behavior modification, has presented at local, national and international conferences and has appeared on National Television as behavior expert.
Many theories about procrastination focus on self-control problems. These models assume that a procrastinator considers just one option and is unaware of her self-control problems. By working on a system where the person chooses from a menu of options and is partially aware of her self-control problems can help alleviate the behavior pattern. Activating one’s choice and helping one adapt better to situations as they change rather than fall rigidly into black and white patterns of behaviors can have a positive impact on productivity and motivation and reduce procrastination behaviors.
Penny Pearlman overcame her own desire to nap to author the award winning Pretty Smart: Lessons from our Miss Americas which was recently named a finalist in two book competitions – the 2009 National Indie Excellence Awards and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She launched Pretty Smart at the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas in January 2009 after she tracked down and seduced 22 former Miss Americas into talking with her about their lives and how they pursued their passions all the way to professional and personal success.
In the rest of her life Penny is an accomplished motivational speaker, business consultant and seminar leader who helps individuals and organizations develop strategies for success. She brings to audiences and clients alike the wisdom gained from a lifetime of pursuing her own dreams. Her personal journey has included executive positions in the health care industry, management consulting and nonprofit leadership. Her left and right brain work equally well as she has both an MBA from The Wharton School and a B.A. in fine art from Queens College. She lives in Westport, Connecticut with her husband and two cats.
As a woman who has achieved more than she ever envisioned possible as a young girl, she has walked through her fears, struggled with self-doubts and dug deep for those internal resources to keep going in the face of what sometimes seemed insurmountable obstacles.
Her professional career started in a high school teaching art and evolved through two master’s degrees, becoming executive director of two non-profit agencies, achieving an MBA in her mid-thirties as a single parent at Wharton, the world renowned business school, filling high level executive positions in large health care institutions and ultimately starting her own strategic planning and change management consulting firm. Nine years ago, she won a battle with stage IV mantle cell lymphoma, a rare and virulent form of cancer. After months of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, she took back her life. That experience firmed her resolve to not just survive, but thrive and informs both her professional and personal lives. She knows what it takes to have a dream and a goal and the drive to make them a reality.
Persistence trumps procrastination
(excerpted from “Pretty Smart: Lessons from our Miss Americas)
Sometimes when you are about to tackle a task or do something outside your comfort zone, you may you feel like nothing will do but a nap. When the urge to do something strikes, many people just lie down until it goes away. That sense of premature exhaustion is the breeding ground for procrastination. It’s based not on reality, but on the apprehension or anxiety that is sapping your energy.
Procrastination often stems from feeling overwhelmed – too many things demand your attention and so nothing gets paid attention to. Over time we can be paralyzed by our own inaction, then we get angry with ourselves and are frustrated at our inability to get things done.
To procrastinate is human nature. We all find ourselves at one time or another not wanting to do the task before us. The desire to do anything else can be overwhelming. At that moment, some mindless chore never looked so appealing. When you find it difficult to stop watering the plants, checking the refrigerator, or rummaging in closets that forever need reorganizing, ask yourself why you are avoiding the tasks that will move you closer to your goal.
Resisting inertia and staying motivated are what separate the successful from the all-talk-and-no-action folk. Those who succeed take the time to analyze the pull of mindless pursuits. They understand that procrastination is fueled by fear, perfectionism, a sense of inadequacy or anxiety. They marshal their resources to fight through those moments when inertia threatens to overtake them and occasionally give in without guilt. If they do procrastinate, they don’t do it for long. They find techniques to spur themselves to climb out of that trough of inaction onto the playing field. Then they do what they must even when they don’t feel like it. In the long run, that makes all the difference.
Sometimes people procrastinate because they don’t want to close down any options. Decisions always mean tradeoffs. Life is long. There is no reason you can’t reinvent yourself at any stage of your life. Any decision you make is better than no decision at all because at least it moves you in some direction. If you are heading in the wrong one, you can always make a course correction any time you chose.
Rather than being frozen by your fears, or overwhelmed by the decisions that need to be made, coming up with strategies to deal with them will help you break free. You can call a friend to boost you up, read an inspirational book or make a list. Find a way to break your task down into baby steps and then promise yourself that in five, fifteen or fifty minutes, you will roll up your sleeves and get back to pursuing your goal.
Don’t wait for the mood to take action to strike. You can always find reasons to wait. A year from now, you might just look back and wish you had started today.
FocalPoint Coaching of The Boas Group
Bernadette Boas is a certified business coach and consultant who compels small business owners to excel at managing and growing their business. 2 key challenges for business owners is time management and organization skills therefore Bernadette spends a great deal of time addressing those issues as well providing tips, tools, and techniques for significantly improving their productivity and results.
Lastly, Bernadette speaks to groups of all sizes regularly on Managing the Chaos and Catapulting Productivity for Real Results!
Procrastination begins when someone does not have a plan, and therefore focus and clarity as to what needs to be done, when, by whom, why and how.
Simply spending 5 minutes a day to lay out their daily goals, the activities that need to be done to accomplish those goals, than working on them to completion, and finally checking off each one completed will provide them great energy, motivation, and confidence.
Todd Stofka CH HNLP
Todd Stofka is the founder of Philly Hypnosis, the Philadelphia area’s Premiere Neuro-Medical Hypnosis Practice.
Specializing in the Stofka Method;The approach to overcoming the obstacles that keep you from reaching your personal excellence.
Stofka has helped thousands of people to kick their old habits for the new life that they desire.
He created The Stofka Method which is a combination of the best of performance hypnosis, a master’s level in Neuro-Linguistics Psychology and aikido. The Stofka Method has transform thousands of people to lose weight, stop smoking, turned average players in top performing athletes and assisted suffering businesses into thriving profitable operations.
Here is a link to my business coaching page. Both testimonials had procrastination and perfection going on before we started working together.
Procrastination and perfectionism are just 2 strategies that people use to sabotage themselves.
You have to think like a mental electrician.
First, I help clients identify their strategy. How they d they procrastinate.
Second, what’s the benefits in them procrastination.
Third, develop what do they want to have happen.
Forth, what might sabotage them.
Then we unwire and remove it from being used in the future. We next wire into their neurology a working strategy where they can see, hear and feel the success.
Leslie McKee CPO
McKee Organizing Services
Leslie McKee is a Certified Professional Organizer and Family Management Coach. Leslie works with often works with clients who are often chronically disorganized or have ADD/ADHD. She helps them put simple systems in place so that they reach their goals. She has taught several classes on Procrastination and has written several articles on the topic.
PRODUCTIVE PROCRASTINATION is an insidious problem for those who lack clear goals and focus. These people can be frenetically busy all the time literally exhausting themselves with less important tasks, while high priority task sit idle on the back burner. When clients become aware of the avoidance trigger they need to put themselves back on track. Having reminder rich, a distraction free environment is the key to success.
Many procrastinators are perfectionists who suffer from ALL OR NOTHING THINKING. They often see a task only as a whole instead of breaking it down. Cleaning their desk is something they think they need to do on Saturday when they have a huge block of time instead of tackling it for 30 minutes daily until it is done.
Procrastinators often HIDE BEHIND FIRSTS, which means that they avoid task by waiting until conditions are “perfect to begin. Some examples of that may be; “I will be able to bake lots of pies when my kitchen is remodeled” or “I would work out if I had a new treadmill”.
The other thing perfectionist have trouble with is CIRCLING and LANDING. They continue to perfect their work way past the mark of diminishing returns and just can’t seem to “turn it in” or “hit submit”.
McLaren Formula Training; fast, fun, focused
Lorna McLaren has helped thousands of Leaders at over 650 seminars throughout 7 countries in the areas of effective communication, stress reduction, and understanding the Human Factor. Procrastination hinders individual and team performance and creates stress. Leaders need specific systems they can easily implement for immediate results.
Lorna also produces Podcasts on Quick Communication Tips to help busy professionals ‘master the moment, no matter what hits the fan’. Quoted as a communication expert in various media from Cosmopolitan Magazine to the Lawyer’s Weekly, Lorna believes “effective communication is a thinking person’s sport” and she’ll show you how to be at the top of your game. There’s never been a great leader who wasn’t a great communicator!
You can recognize a particular ‘type’ of procrastinator based on a personality style.
These people tend to be high energy, sociable, motivated by defiance and get bored easily. Thus they multitask; have 2-3 books going on the same time, won’t read the directions, “just let me drive the thing”. They tend to be quite impatient and thrive on risk & change. For them, it’s in their DNA to wait till the last minute – so it just takes a minute to do. This feeds their need for excitement and not missing out on something else they could squeeze in first. It’s like that joke – they think organized people are just to lazy to look for things.
To help them focus on overcoming procrastination, recognize what their motivators are so they can ‘play to that need’. Here’s a tip; deadlines are crucial, and not self-imposed ones. They need to be accountable to another factor to lessen their need for self-defiance, which they may do for sport – more exciting.
Mary Lee Gannon
At the age of 35 I was a stay at home mother with four children living the countryclub life in the suburbs who was in an unpalatable marriage and filed for divorce as a leap of faith. An avalanche of anger and litigation led to the children and I to become homeless, without a car and on welfare. I didn’t have time to go back to school because my children needed food and housing right away. So I used specific strategies and a life plan that took me from an earning capacity of $27,000 to the president and CEO of a hospital foundation within just a few years. Today I speak on the topics and have a book coming out in November by New Horizon Press called “Starting Over.” I have a Web Site with more details on my story and all free articles, tip sheets and advice. An interview can be heard on my website.
Productivity in a corporate culture is often hampered by procrastination. Procrastination feeds a common human desire – Drama! Indeed procrastinating brings on undue stress and anxiety. But the thrill that comes from completing the task at the last minute brings a greater high than simply completing an otherwise mundane task on time. Where is the fun in never testing yourself or realizing your potential to perform on an exceptional level? The problem is that these short-lived thrills, however, do not out weigh the feelings of guilt and powerlessness that precede and follow the work.
In order to control procrastination, you have to be willing to anticipate the payoff first and translate that feeling into the present instead of transferring it to the future. You have to be able to feel the part of the experience that’s superficially positive in the present – the relief in the completion, because that’s what compels you to keep procrastinating for greater drama! Repeatedly allow yourself to envision the relief and accomplishment you would fee if the project were complete. Run this feeling over and over in your mind when you are putting off work that you could begin today.
The next time you find yourself procrastinating, ask yourself these questions:
1) Where in my life am I bored and long for drama or excitement?
2) What does procrastinating allow me to feel that is positive?
3) How can I recreate that feeling now and not wait for it to occur later after much stress and anxiety?
Do the people in your organization need an opportunity to communicate what they can’t or don’t accept or acknowledge about their organization’s personality? Start those conversations now!
Leading Principles, Inc.
Noah Blumenthal is one of today’s leading executive coaches, keynote speakers and author of the new national bestseller, Be The Hero: Three Powerful Ways to Overcome Challenges in Work and Life (Berrett-Koehler Publishers). His first book, You’re Addicted to You: Why It’s So Hard to Change-and What You Can Do About It (Berrett-Koehler Publishers), shows how to break ingrained, negative behaviors. In it, Noah details his proven approach on how to conquer your damaging behaviors once and for all such as eliminating procrastination. Noah’s proven “Circles of Strength” strategy has helped thousands of individuals (including managers and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, top universities and not-for-profits) rid themselves of their “self-addictions” for a more peaceful and fulfilling life. Noah was named one of the world’s Top 100 Minds in Personal Development by Leadership Excellence Magazine. His clients include Fortune and Global 500 companies such as MTV Networks, Hilton Hotels Corporation, DuPont, UBS and Merrill Lynch, among others.
We spend tons of time learning what good behavior looks like – good leadership, communication, feedback, etc. – but we rarely even consider figuring out how to learn. How do we take these good behaviors and make them habits that we stick to? And how do we stop the old behaviors that are so ingrained? We all have a shelf in our offices where training binders go to die, a shelf that contains all the lessons that we thought were brilliant when we learned them but have drifted away from us as we went on with our lives and the habits we already had. To truly become the leaders we want to be, we need to pay just as much attention to how we habituate new, desirable behaviors, as we do to learning what those desirable behaviors are.
Elayne Savage, PhD
Relatiolnshiip and Workplace Coach
For over 25 years focused on Procrastination as a coach, psychotherapist and professional speaker.
I explain procrastination from the unique perspective of rejection and disappointment in ‘Don”t Take It Personally! The Art of Dealing with Rejection’ as well as in my speaking and training programs.
As the expert in how not to take rejection so personally, I can show your audience how to move from self-rejection to self-acceptance. I provide lots of tips, for example, making the choice to view “procrastination” in a kinder, more gentle way. In other words, to not be so hard on on themselves.
I can walk your listeners through steps in how to energize themselves to move toward their goals.
A few of the outlets where my ideas are quoted are: WashingtonPost.com (co-host online discussion), MSNBC.com, CNN.com, Forbes.com, Univision.com, WebMD, Yahoo!, Anita Bruzzese’s 45Things.com, MSN.co.uk, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, SF Chronicle, Newsday, HR Magazine, USA Today, London Guardian, London Times, BBC World News,
Maury Povich, Court TV, People Are Talking and The David Brenner Show.
There are a myriad of fears involved in procrastination – all connected to the Fear of Rejection: Fear of Disappointment, Fear of Failure, Fear of Judgment, Fear of Visibility and even Fear of Success. Fear leads to anxiety and stress. When we are anxious about something we tend to avoid it. This avoidance is what we refer to as procrastination. By dwelling on these self-rejecting messages our productivity is compromised. i