Apr 122013

VIDEO POST: How to Overcome Procrastination

In today’s video post, I talk about procrastination and why the typical approaches to overcoming it don’t work. I share a few tips you can start using right away to overcome procrastination and start being productive.

Overcoming Procrastination Video Transcript

*Transcript is automatically generated and sometimes makes little to no sense. I strongly recommend watching the video.*

Hey everybody, Ryan here with Evolve Personal Development and today I’m going to be talking about procrastination.

It’s something we all love, it’s something we all hate to do, and today I’m going to be telling you exactly how to overcome it once and for all.

I’m sure you can relate to the experience where you feel positive about doing something or you’re really excited to make a change like starting a new workout routine or something like that, but then you get sidetracked and procrastinate.

Why Do We Procrastinate If Deep Down We Don’t Want To?

Well to understand that first we need to understand the concept of momentum. It’s pretty simple right? An object in motion wants to stay in motion. The momentum that we experience is task related momentum – when we’re doing something we want to keep doing it even if we know that doing something else is better.

So traditionally what people will tell you is to try to raise your level of motivation to overcome this momentum and start doing whatever it is you want to. But sometimes this is going to be very difficult or even impossible. For one, we don’t accept what’s actually happening and make up all these kind of excuses and do these mental backflips and lie to ourselves.

We say it’s okay to procrastinate and put off this task and that there’s a good reason for it. The first step is accepting what’s happening. It’s okay to admit you’re being lazy and it’s okay to admit that you’re just having a lot of fun doing whatever you’re doing or really enjoying what you’re doing.

Accept You’re Procrastinating, Then Overcome It

Once you do that the pressure is off and you can think a little bit more clearly. The second thing you want to do is instead of trying to raise up enough motivation to break up all this momentum, instead use momentum to your advantage and use it to overcome procrastination. I’m sure at some point went to the gym or started some project that you didn’t want to, and once you got started you really enjoyed it. You know once you get to the gym you’re happy you went there and you have a really great time working out and you feel really good about yourself because you made a solid decision.

Or maybe you’re putting off an essay and once you get started you have a lot of great ideas and you’re just flying through it. And you think: wow this isn’t so bad why didn’t you get started earlier?

So you want to use that to your advantage and the way you do this is not by trying to get motivated enough to do the whole task but getting motivated enough to get started doing something else. Lower the goal until it reaches the small amount of motivation you have to you started doing it and to stop doing whatever you’re doing now. That’s the key to overcoming procrastination.

An Example of How to Overcome Procrastination

For going to the gym this could be like just getting your shoes on getting your gym bag and standing by the door. If once you’re standing by the door with a bag and shoes on you change your mind, that’s cool. Keep the goal small and give yourself the out. If you want to go back to watching TV that’s cool. The thing is you and I both know you’re not going to want to do that.

So get started by lowering the goal to match the low level of motivation instead of trying to raise your level of motivation and to match the huge goal you don’t really feel like doing. It really is that simple, and when you start doing this in your life you really notice results.

Maybe you’ll start doing five more tasks per day or ten, and you start doing things while becoming a more productive person.

The Benefits of Overcoming Procrastination

All your old goals are filled and new goals take their place. As the weeks go by and months go by and you start noticing the differences in lifestyle and your confidence and the overall level of motivation, the overall kind of joy you have for life.

You start getting excited to wake up because instead of having this big to do list you’ve consistently put off you have all these new exciting goals and you’re flying through them achieving rapid growth. Try that out and let me know how it works for you, comment, or if you’re still struggling send me a message and I’ll do my best to get back to you.

Thank you so much for watching.


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