Gail Kasper is an Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker.
It can be frustrating when you ask your child to tidy their room and they tell you, "In a minute." That minute stretches into five, then twenty, then sixty, but the room remains a mess. Or how about when your child has had three weeks to work on a school project, but she hasn't done a thing and now she's rushing through it because it's due tomorrow? I'd say a lesson on avoiding procrastination is in order.
But what if the one who inadvertently taught your child to procrastinate is YOU? If your son or daughter has learned to put tasks off to the last possible minute from watching you do the same, don't scold your child and don't beat yourself up. Instead, take action! Teach yourself to avoid procrastination, and you'll become a fantastic role model of efficiency for your child.
My self-empowerment tool called Systematic Attitude Development-Technique (SAD-T) teaches people to take action and get results, especially when they feel stuck or unmotivated. I've included three action items below, taken straight from SAD-T, to give you an effective strategy for avoiding procrastination.
1. Formulate a plan. You have a job to do, but you keep putting it off because you have no idea where to begin. Lacking a roadmap, you don't know what to do, how to start, or even what's involved to get the job done. To get out of this crippling state of uncertainty, the first thing you must do is develop a plan. Write down what needs to get done and how you plan to approach the job. Don't worry about all the details yet. Just capture on paper a big-picture plan listing major goals and activities.
2. Create a detailed list. Once you've written down the major points of your plan, its time to define and refine. How will you accomplish the goals listed in your plan? What steps will you take to get from point A to point B? What specific tasks need to get done to complete each goal and activity in your plan? Here's where you work out all the little details, getting as specific as possible. If you can, give each task a time frame.
3. Now do it! You've got your roadmap, you've got your detailed list of specific tasks. All you have to do now is jump in and do it! Follow your step-by-step plan, and keep that momentum going. You can be sure that your kids are watching and learning from you. By beating procrastination through a systematic, logical approach, you're setting a great example for them to follow.
About Gail Kasper:
Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a small one-bedroom apartment, with no money and no clients. Today, Gail is the host of the late-night television show Raw Reality, one of the nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, advice columnist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Ms. Continental America 2008, and the creator of SAD-T™ (Systematic Attitude Development- Technique™). A former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine with the "Ask Gail" column and host of the "Ask Gail" segment on the Comcast morning show, Gail is the author of her self-help autobiography Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To Total Empowerment and the self-help parable Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps To Achieve Your Goals. With national media appearances that include Inside Edition, The Today Show, FOX Business News, and Oprah and Friends, Gail has earned the ranking of an in-demand national media personality who has been the topic of discussion on Regis and Kelly. Also, the current host of the Philadelphia Visitors Channel, she has also made numerous appearances on network affiliates that include ABC, FOX, CW11, Comcast, and CBS, where she co-hosted the Emmy award- winning America's TVJobNetwork. www.gailkasper.com
This article is courtesy of the Top 1% Club and the Top 1% Club Mentor Gail Kasper. For additional information on Gail Kasper, her television appearances and speaking engagements, please visit gailkasper.com.