A Simple Technique to Help You Go From Procrastination to Action

To achieve your goals, you must overcome your tendency to procrastinate. You know this.

Procrastination slows you down, not to say “locks” you down. It puts your goals in jeopardy.

The antidote to procrastination is simple: it’s action. You know this. It’s a simple solution, but not an easy solution to implement. The challenge is: How do you get yourself to take action?

There are many things you can do to get yourself to take action. Here I want to focus on one simple technique you can use to go from procrastination to action.

Let’s call it the spying technique.

Before I explain this technique, let me remind you that procrastination starts in the mind: it starts in the mind and your actions follow. Therefore, if you want to beat procrastination, you must beat it in your mind first—and then your actions will follow.

The spying technique is a simple mind trick that can help you break through your excuses for procrastinating and inspire you to take action. Here’s how it works.

Imagine that someone you admire (or someone who admires you)—let’s call her Joyce—is spying on you and analyzing your every move. Let’s say that Joyce is watching you and believes in you (or at least you want her to believe in you).

Now, when you feel tempted to procrastinate, ask yourself this question: “If Joyce was spying on me at this moment what would she think?” Then, ask yourself: “If I knew Joyce was spying on me how would I act?”

Although Joyce isn’t really spying on you, simply asking these questions, not only makes it clear to you what you ought to do but also motivates you to get moving.

Using your imagination like this is a powerful way to combat procrastination; deep down you don’t want to disappoint Joyce. And although Joyce isn’t really watching you, the thought that she might be can push you to take action.

This is similar to what happens when you imagine the passing of a loved one: just the thought of it brings tears to your eyes. They’re alive and well, but just the thought of their passing creates a deep reaction in you.

Likewise, Joyce isn’t watching you, but the thought that she might be may stir in you a strong enough reaction to set you in motion.

The best way to know if the spying technique will work for you is to try it. Next time you’re tempted to procrastinate, remember that Joyce (whoever that person is for you) might be spying on you.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.