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Procrastination is paralyzing! I have been on procrastination life-support too long! What do I mean by that? Well, let me tell you. One of the reasons why I haven’t been as productive as I could have been is because I have allowed myself to become dependent on the, “I’m gonna”, “I’ll take care of that tomorrow”, “When I get a little bit more time”,” I don’t feel like it today” , and “Oh, I’ve got this”  false sense of hope.  I use the metaphor of life support because often times when someone is put on life support, it usually means that the main intent is to keep the vitals such as airway, breathing, and circulation going to keep the person alive, even if they are not totally functional, coherent, or lucid. The idea is to eventually transition them from depending on life support to the natural biological functioning of the organs.
Now, when I think about being on procrastination life-support, I think about an alternative way of keeping my “to do” list alive; but not functional (meaning, it’s in the back of my mind, so I haven’t totally abandoned the fact of not getting it done).  As long as I continued to say what I was going to do, subconsciously, that pacified me for the moment. However, after days, months, and even a year have passed, I still found myself putting off tomorrow what I could do today.
There is a solution, and I think I’ve found it. As long as we stay on procrastination life-support, we will never transition to the natural biological behavior of following through with what we have committed to do, whether it’s a project, a goal, task, aspiration, event, or dream.  If you have lost your sense of urgency in getting things done, then today you have to get off of procrastination life-support and begin functioning on your own intent, ability, motivation, and drive to be successful!
Step 1 Commit to breaking down your list to accomplish each item into mini time slots, i.e., in the next hour, by the end of the day, by tomorrow morning, etc.
Step 2 – Check it off! Once you have accomplished one thing, check it off, and go to the next item. If the task is multi-layered, then break the task down to mini-goals, then mini-time slots.
Step 3 – Get an accountability partner. By sharing what you are doing with a trusted person, they will hold you accountable to completing your list. Tell them that you’ve got to get this done, and you need their help. This really does work. They may get on your nerves, but it does help having someone on your side.
Step 4 – Reward yourself with something you like to do. Because you have followed through with doing something you have put off or dreaded, you should treat yourself to something you enjoy doing. I use playing the guitar as my reward some times. This works!
Repeat these simple steps over and over again. By so doing, you will reinforce positive behavior. If you have a set-back, don’t be so hard on yourself.  Just get back on track as soon as possible.
You can be a lot more productive in 2012 then you were in 2011. No more excuses! You’re tired of using them, and no one wants to hear them. Right? Ok, so let’s get going! I’m on track this year, and I want you to be also! Let's get it done!!
Best of Luck and Make this your best day ever!


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Darnesheia Alexander on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 10:13 AM
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Steph on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 10:36 AM
Thanks Darnesheia!! I need help!! LOL This is definitely going to be a journey! Thanks for stopping by!

Bernadette McCarter on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 1:44 PM
Yes Stephanie, I can totally relate to this blog! I was on procrastination life-support for many years saying - I want to go back to school to complete my degree. Subconsciously the thought was always there but I never took action until 2 weeks ago! I can say with conviction that I'm off procrastination life-support and relying on self and (as you said) my mentor to keep me on track. I happy and even more determined NOW to make my dream a reality! Thank you for this motivational blog! You wrote it just for me! Love You, Bernadette

Steph on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 3:20 PM
WOW! Bernadette, what an inspiring story!! Thank you so much for sharing your experience! Way to go!! I am cheering for you!! Two thumbs up lady! All the best!

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Thank you for featuring here some tips on how to prevent ourselves from procrastinating. I would consider doing these because I often procrastinate my school works which is a habit that I need to change. I always tell myself that I would get work done as early as I can, but there are a lot of factors that prevents me from doing it. Social media is the number factor that affects my productivity because I keep scrolling until I get tired of it. I hope I could change this as soon as possible because it is at the end that I am having a difficult time rushing things.

Ryan Felton on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 1:12 PM
Must said, I could not have said it any better.....be blessed mom and thanks for including me. Love Ya Much..
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Steph on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 3:21 PM
Thanks Ryan,come back as often as you like. Share this blog with others! Thanks again!

Tracy Mckee on Thursday, January 19, 2012 4:56 AM
Hey Steph!!! Nice!!!! I'm not on procrastination life support, I'm in procrastination rehab!!! Lol... I go back and forth! An accountability partner, huh? That's the one thing I have never had, but probably need. I know these steps in my head, but seeing them makes a world of difference!! Thanks Stephanie!!!
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Steph on Thursday, January 19, 2012 9:38 AM
Tracy! Thanks for stopping by! Procrastination rehab? LOL - that is funny!! I promise that you are not alone. Whatever your next goal, assignment, or project, let's get it done together! Please visit back often, and share the site with a friend! Thanks again!

Paula on Friday, January 20, 2012 2:15 AM
This is right on time. This word was just confirmation and encouragement to get moving. Thanks cousin.
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Steph on Saturday, January 21, 2012 7:14 AM
Good deal Paula! Looking forward to great things from your 2012! Thanks for stopping by!

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There are many activities in which we can participate. We can do some things by self. Sometimes we need support in some moments of our life. We can take help from our family and friends and can perform many tasks easily in our routine life.
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