How to Go From Procrastination to Action

In simple terms, the antidote to procrastination is action. You know that the only way to overcome your procrastination habit is that you must begin to act on your assignments.

The only way you’re going to achieve your goals is by acting on them. You know this. To get back in physical shape, you must take yourself to the gym and exercise (or work up a sweat at home or wherever). To write your book, you must sit down at the computer and peck away. If you want to get out of debt, you must stop overspending.

In most cases, you already know what you must do. It’s not very complicated. You know what to do you just have to do it.

However, sometimes, the hard part isn’t to know what to do, but it’s to do what you know. That might be your challenge: if you could only get yourself to do what you know. This is where the rubber meets the road.
So I ask you the question: what gets you to do what you know? What motivates you to take action? Answering this question can help you overcome procrastination.
There are simple strategies that people use to motivate themselves to take action and beat procrastination.

Accountability

Some people are motivated to take action when they know someone will hold them accountable for their action (or lack thereof). Without the accountability, they would live themselves off the hook easily. But the fear of disappointing their accountability partner is a powerful enough incentive to set themselves in motion.

For example, some people who had been struggling to work out consistently finally start exercising regularly when they enlist the support of a personal trainer. It’s the accountability that does it for them.

Small Steps

Some people procrastinate because they’re overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of their goal. When they break down their goal into small steps, the goal because more manageable, and they find the strength to make the first step forward. The divide to conquer approach works well for them.

For example, thinking about writing a 200-page book paralyzes them; it’s too overwhelming. However, when they break the goal into a 1-page project, it’s more manageable. Thinking about the single page they must write today helps them take action.

Incentives

Some people procrastinate because they simply don’t feel like taking action. Perhaps the tasks are complicated or boring. These people sometimes gear into action the moment they know there’s a reward at the other and to the task.

You see this in action when parents tell their children to eat their vegetable if they want to get dessert. The desert acts as an incentive to get the child to eat their vegetable. Without that incentive, they might play with the food and linger at the table, trying to avoid having to eat their vegetable.

You can use this to your advantage by choosing your incentive intelligently.

Procrastination isn’t easy to overcome, but it’s not invincible. If you take the time to study the way you procrastination and your reason for doing so, you become better equipped to fight back. Furthermore, when you gain insight into the strategies that drive you to action, you can use these strategies to get you to do what you know so that you can reach your goals.

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.