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How to overcome procrastination

How to Overcome Procrastination

Do you tend to procrastinate at times? Maybe you even procrastinate a little more often than you care to admit. I guess we’re all guilty of some form of procrastination. We all probably indulge in a little procrastination from time to time. It’s not really a deal breaker, right? Well it isn’t… until it is. But by that stage, it’s too late. Once time is lost, it’s lost, and all those wonderful goals you had in mind end up being nothing more but fruitless dreams that will now never become your reality. You can of course make all the excuses in the world, but that won’t change the fact that you fell into the procrastination trap. Here are six steps to fight your way out.


1) CONFESS TO YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE

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Okay, admit it. You just love to procrastinate, don’t you? If you didn’t enjoy it, then you wouldn’t choose to indulge in it, right? It’s your guilty pleasure, that you just can’t resist. There are of course always more important things to do. But for one reason or another you always end up finding ingenious ways to ignore all that important stuff in favor of procrastination. You of course don’t call it procrastination, you instead call it planning, preparation, rest and recuperation. But the honest truth is, it’s all procrastination. And you will never overcome procrastination unless you admit to your guilty pleasure.

2) IDENTIFY YOUR TRIGGERS

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Why do you procrastinate? What’s the actual reason? Procrastination doesn’t all of a sudden come out of nowhere. You procrastinate because of a very specific reason. And that reason often comes in the form of a trigger of some sort that encourages you to choose to indulge in procrastination. To overcome procrastination you need to identify these triggers and put a stop to them. For instance turning on the television, grabbing that snack from the fridge, or responding to that text message are examples of typical triggers. But just as there are triggers for procrastination, there are also triggers that inspire motivation. What are they for you?

3) OUTLINE WHAT YOU WANT

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To overcome procrastination you need to get very clear about what it is you want. In other words, what is your goal? What would you like to achieve in this instance? What is your objective for this project or task you are working on? Knowing what you want will help keep you focused on what needs to get done. However, knowing what you want typically won’t be enough to avoid procrastination. You also need to outline the reasons why you want to achieve these things. Why are these things important? How are they relevant to your life? What will accomplishing this project or task allow you to do? What’s the value in all of this?

4) GAIN LEVERAGE

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The reasons you outlined within the previous step will only take you so far. Yes, they will inspire you to take proactive action toward your goal, but to overcome procrastination you need a little more leverage. That leverage comes in the form of pain mixed in with pleasure. You clearly already understand the value of what you’re doing. That’s the pleasure part. Now consider for a moment the consequences of procrastination and how that will impact your life in the short-term and long-term. What will you potentially miss out on if you choose to procrastinate? What will you be unable to accomplish if you indulge in your procrastination session today?

5) DEVELOP AN ACTION PLAN

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Now that you have the necessary motivation to push and pull yourself forward toward your goal, it’s time to take a moment to draw up a plan of action. This of course basically means outlining what you will do, how you will do these things, and when exactly you will get started. You must however be very decisive, and prepare this plan of action quickly without turning it into another one of your procrastination indulgence sessions. What can be quite helpful is to create a to-do and a not-to-do list. The to-do list highlights all the things you will focus on. The not-to-do list outlines all the things you will avoid indulging in.

6) TAKE PURPOSEFUL ACTION

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In order to fully cure yourself from procrastination, you need to start working with both urgency and purpose. However, it’s important that you don’t push yourself too far, too quickly. Beating procrastination is a marathon, not a race. To overcome procrastination you need to break old patterns of behavior and establish new habitual patterns that inspire you to take consistent proactive action toward your goal. Working in 25 minutes spurts and then resting for 5 minutes is a good way to start a good productive cycle. However, rest only when you’re done with each cycle, not when you’re feeling tired. That is the key to beating procrastination.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

To overcome procrastination takes hard work. There is nothing easy about it. It takes consistent applied effort, focus and energy to break-free from old patterns of behavior that have been holding you back from being your very best self for all these years.

You of course have all this untapped potential and ability within you to be and to achieve whatever your heart desires. For so long you have been holding yourself back, and denying yourself the opportunity to achieve your goals. But no more. You are no longer that person. You now have a renewed sense of energy and confidence that will drive you forward toward bigger and better things. Not even procrastination will dare to stand in your way.


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Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

Yes, there is such simplicity within this IQ Doodle, but of course there is a reason for that. Making positive change doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where we progressively develop new habits-of-mind through repeated exposure and implementation. And that’s what these IQ Doodles are for.

We have prepared for you an IQ Doodle pack that includes several variations of this IQ Doodle that you can use for guidance and inspiration throughout the day. Use it consistently and you will begin making positive changes in the way you live, work and interact with others.

Visit the IQ Doodle Store to learn more about how to use this IQ Doodle and begin optimizing the way you live your life today.


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How to Stop Making Excuses

When things don’t go your way, do you take responsibility or does it just seem easier to make a bunch of excuses? Have you ever considered how those excuses are affecting your life? When we make excuses about why we couldn’t or wouldn’t do something, we are at that moment putting a lid on our potential. In other words, we are throwing doubt on our ability to get things done, which subsequently influences what we believe we are capable of doing. Those limiting beliefs will of course grow stronger over time and affect every aspect of our lives. You can however stop making excuses, and here’s how to work through six of them.


EXCUSE 1: There’s just not enough time…

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Yes we all have plenty to do, in fact we are all overloaded with commitments and responsibilities, and there’s just not enough time to get things done, right? Well, that’s what we tell ourselves, but is that the real honest truth? Or is it simply a story we tell ourselves that helps justify our actions? When you catch yourself indulging in this excuse, consider for a moment whether you are actually ‘making the time’ to focus on your highest priority activities. Maybe you need to set some clearer and more meaningful goals. Or just maybe you need to work with more purpose and urgency in pursuit of these objectives.

EXCUSE 2: There’s just not enough money…

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We can’t all be rich and wealthy. Things are expensive and there’s just not enough money to go around, right? Have you however considered that just maybe you don’t have enough money because money simply isn’t a priority in your life. With this in mind, how about generating some money making ideas? How about garnering the support of family and friends who can help you figure something out? How about showing some determination for once, and committing yourself to earning more money? In the end, you get what you deserve. Figure out how to work smarter and harder than anyone else, and you will be rewarded.

EXCUSE 3: I just don’t know how…

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We can’t all be geniuses, right? I mean, some people are just naturally gifted and talented, while others just seem to have a knack for doing things really well. As for me, well I just don’t know how. I don’t know what to do or how to get started. I just don’t think I am even capable of understanding this stuff. Just maybe though you are actually quite capable, but just don’t know it yet. Instead of making excuses, commit yourself to the practice of your craft. We all know nothing before we get started. And if at any time you get stuck, then ask for help or seek out inspiration that can help you move forward in a better way.

EXCUSE 4: I just can’t change…

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We are the way we are, and unfortunately there’s nothing we can do about it, right? While others vigorously pursue their goals, I just don’t have it in me to do the same. Changing the way I am is simply impossible. I just have to resign to the fact that I am going to be miserable for the rest of my life. But wait a minute… maybe the only reason you don’t believe you can change is because you don’t have enough reasons to change. There’s absolutely nothing on the line, and nothing pushing you forward. Start building small new daily habits with consistent effort. Only in this way will you begin making progressive changes.

EXCUSE 5: I’m just not ready yet…

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Wait a minute, I’m not quite ready just yet. I have to plan and prepare and cut my toenails before I even think about getting started. There’s just all this stuff to know and learn. Yes, I can do it, but I need more time. Or just maybe what you need is a little different perspective. You see, those who start the race are already ahead of those who don’t. Yes, they might not have it all planned out, but that doesn’t stop them from moving forward. No plan you create will ever be perfect, and you will never truly be ready. You just need to begin with one small step at a time. Everything else will work itself out as you move along.

EXCUSE 6: This just won’t work…

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I’ve heard that you believe that this thing you’re doing just simply won’t work. I mean, you’ve tried absolutely everything to make it work, right? Or have you? Whatever you believe you can’t do, there’s someone else doing it right now. They made it work, so why not you? Instead of making excuses, consider how to get the job done. Moreover, don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Mistakes and even failure are valuable experiences as long as you learn and then adapt your approach moving forward. Success is after all a numbers game. The more times you try, the better your odds of getting things right.


HOW TO STOP MAKING EXCUSES SUMMARY

Yes, we all make excuses from time-to-time, but is that really the most admirable way to live our lives? Wouldn’t it be better to just stop making excuses and start taking responsibility for everything that happens to us? Stop making excuses and instead consider ways you can improve your situation? Stop making excuses and find ways to make things work, to change things, and to move forward in a better way? Why not just take responsibility and commit yourself to making mistakes and learning from them? What’s the worst that could possibly happen? It’s time to throw your excuses out the door and start taking a chance on yourself, starting today.


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Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life to stop making excuses. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

Yes, there is such simplicity within this IQ Doodle, but of course there is a reason for that. Making positive change doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where we progressively develop new habits-of-mind through repeated exposure and implementation. And that’s what these IQ Doodles are for.

We have prepared for you an IQ Doodle pack that includes several variations of this IQ Doodle that you can use for guidance and inspiration throughout the day to help you stop making excuses. Use it consistently and you will begin making positive changes in the way you live, work and interact with others.

Visit the IQ Doodle Store to learn more about how to use this IQ Doodle to stop making excuses and begin optimizing the way you live your life today.


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There is Never a Right Time

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There is Never a Right Time…

Are you waiting? Are you waiting for that perfect moment when everything is just how it’s supposed to be before you take that action, complete that project, pursue that goal, or take that chance? Have you considered that just maybe there is never a right time?

Imagine for a moment waking up tomorrow morning. You get out of bed, brush your teeth, take a shower, get dressed for work and get into your car all ready to drive to the office. But then you wait… and wait… and wait for all the traffic lights to turn green before starting the engine. And so you wait… and wait… and wait… until the work day passes you by.

“Oh well. I guess I can try again tomorrow morning.”

You step out of your vehicle, walk back inside, eat dinner, watch some television, and go to bed ready to give it another shot in the morning.

This sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Who in their right mind would wait until all the lights turned green before heading off to work? Unless you live in the outback or around the corner from your office, the chances are that at least one red light will halt your progress along the way. Expecting that all the lights will be green and that you will breeze past them, especially during peak hour traffic is absolutely insane. And yet this is how most of us approach our goals.

We set a goal and then we wait. We wait for that perfect moment to take action. We wait for all the stars in the universe to align in an ideal way. Yes, we essentially wait until all the lights turn green before moving forward. All the lights must of course be green before taking action. Things must be certain. God forbid you get stuck at a red light for an extended period of time. This would completely derail your efforts. Right?

We fear the red light because it brings about uncertainty. What if the light never goes green? What if I don’t pay attention and miss the moment the light turns green? What if the light turns green for only a few seconds and I’m stuck behind traffic and can’t get through? Or what if ALL the lights turn red? That would completely derail my plans.

Your journey toward that goal is never a sure thing. It’s inevitable that you will come across red lights. These red lights are obstacles along your path that slow you down and give you time to think about where you’re heading and how you’re getting there. Therefore when a red light stops you, it’s no time to sit there moaning and complaining about it. It’s time to reflect. Sometimes you may very well need to just wait-out the red light, however other times it might be of value to take a detour — to travel along a path that you might not have planned for.

The path towards your goal is rarely if ever a straight line. And it’s almost never how you expect it to be. You will come across red lights and traffic jams that delay your journey. God forbid you might even fall prey to a flat tyre. You will also come across roadblocks that force you to take a different path then the one you originally planned for. You can of course turn around and go back home, but then you’ll never get to the office, and you won’t get paid.

Yes, we must be very careful of those detours. Those detours might not only delay our journey, but they may also take us the long way around. We might even get lost, and then what if we run out of fuel? What if we have no cash? What if there is no fuel station near by? What if… what if… what if?

There are many things that might go wrong along your journey. But you will never get anywhere unless you start where you are with what you have. You must just trust that you will work things out as you move along. In the end, there is never a right time. You just need to take that first step and trust that you will work things out as you move along.

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Action Points

The next time you catch yourself waiting for that perfect moment to take action, ask yourself:

  • If there is never a right time, then what is it specifically that I am waiting for?
  • What’s the probability that all these things will line up perfectly?
  • What if I had taken action on this three weeks ago? Where would things be right now? Would I be further along?
  • What if I started right here right now? What progress could I make by next week, next month?
  • So what if things go wrong? How will I handle them?

All you need to do is just start your journey. Even if you don’t know what to do, you will work things out as you move along. There is never a right time. Just trust the process.

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  • Risk-Taking: Presents step-by-step instructions to help you make peace with taking intelligent risks.
  • Living with Urgency: Breaks down the missing ingredient or urgency you need to move forward.
  • Getting Unstuck: Explores ways to help you get unstuck and moving forward towards your goals.

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Not Enough Time

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There is Just Not Enough Time…

Don’t you just wish you had more time in the day? Just imagine for a moment you could get by with only 4 hours of sleep per night. Considering that the average person spends 8 hours in bed, that would give you another four hours each and every day. Just imagine what you could do with all that extra time?

You could for instance read a book a week, learn a new language, spend time working on a project, or get started on that goal you just can’t seem to get around to. There are so many possibilities, if only we had more time throughout the day?

In his 2008 book Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell brought up the idea that in order to acquire mastery over a certain skill that we must follow the 10,000 hour rule. This rule states that it takes roughly 10,000 hours to become an expert in any field or in a specific skill area.

Now of course this isn’t true in all instances nor in certain circumstances, however on average in order to gain mastery over any area of your life, it may very well take 10,000 or more hours of practical experience and trial and error in order to reach expert status. But what does expert status really mean?

An experts is a person who is knowledgeable about or skillful in a particular area. To be more specific, they are more knowledgeable than let’s say 99 percent of people in this area, and that is essentially what gives them recognition as an expert.

Now of course to reach expert status in a relatively new field may only take 48 hours. While gaining expert status in an established field or skill area may take well over 10,000 hours. Whatever puts you in the top one percent is what it takes to reach this objective.

Consider for a moment names such as Louis Pasteur, Thomas Edison, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, and other historical figures of past generations. Every one of these individuals accomplished great feats over a lifetime. And in some ways we view them as experts in their particular field. Therefore it begs the question of whether or not they spent 10,000 or more hours in the pursuit of mastery in their fields of endeavor? And the answer to that is a resounding “yes”.

Historical documents suggest that these people dedicated their lives to their craft and this meant that they spent well over 10,000 hours fine-tuning their skills, and in many ways helping transform the world in their own way. And that is of course why we regard them so highly today.

What’s interesting here though is that these people were just like you and me. They ate, slept, and had very similar emotional experiences that you go through today. But what’s most important and relevant here is that they had exactly the same amount of time you have in the day.

These people accomplished incredible feats with exactly the same amount of time you have each and every day, and probably with far fewer resources that you have at your disposal today. And yet, they weren’t any different from you or me. What separated them was the dedication, commitment and the self-discipline they gave to their craft. They didn’t succumb to distractions or setbacks and instead worked with a sense of purpose that separated their actions from others of their generation.

We have the same opportunities for greatness today that these people had generations ago. And it all comes down to how we make use of our time. In fact, all of us can create great things, but great things are only created over extended periods of time through dedicated effort. There are no shortcuts to greatness. If there were, then the idea of ‘greatness’ wouldn’t exist.

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Action Points

Have a think about how you’re spending your time throughout the day and ask yourself:

  • What is my life’s mission and vision?
  • What lifetime goals would I like to accomplish?
  • What sacrifices must I make to accomplish these goals?
  • How am I currently spending my time?
  • Am I spending my time on the right kinds of things?
  • Where am I getting sidetracked and distracted?
  • What separates the top one percent in my field from others?
  • What will it honestly take to become an expert in my field?

Now, don’t say you don’t have enough time… you have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to all those who came before you.

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