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PERSIST: A 7-Step Process to Beat Procrastination - By Gail Kasper

Gail Kasper is an Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker

 

What would it do for you to have an extra 30 days in a year?  Believe it or not, people, in general, spending over 30 days a year procrastinating.  It’s a waste of time and energy! It’s an ugly word that helps you put off situations, projects, and people. On the surface, putting something off may enable you to do the “more fun things” in life, but whatever it is that is hanging over your head will soak up your energy, your time, and your self-esteem.  When we get things done, we feel better about ourselves.  What are you procrastinating doing?  Spring cleaning, getting in shape for the summer, saving for your future….or worse, scheduling that overdue vacation?

 

 “P” - Priority

 “E” - Enroll

 “R” - Record

 “S” - Schedule

 “I” – Immediately

 “S” - Stay the course 

 “T” - Track your progress

 

 

“P” - Priority

You must make something a priority which means it cannot be just a “thought,” it must become part of a written plan.  Writing things down makes them important. 

 

“E” - Enroll

If you are procrastinating doing something, then you must “ask for help.”  Procrastination is not only delaying doing a task, but you spend “time” thinking about what needs to be done, and you feel “anxiety” because you know that you must get it done.  You might not even realize the amount of time this task has drifted in and out of your subconscious mind, you only know that you go to sleep thinking about it and you wake up in the middle of the night telling yourself that “you must do something about it.”  Enrolling a support person to help you get started will give you that kick-start you need and get the process rolling. 

 

“R” - Record

Record how you will feel if you do NOT complete the task.  It’s amazing how “emotion” can motivate you to action.  This visual picture will become your reality if you don’t do something about it.  Also, record your reward for completing the task.  Everything you do, particularly if it is a challenge to do, deserves a reward.  Maybe it’s a lunch out or treating yourself to a movie, or a new shirt, but regardless, the reward will be a motivator to completion. 

 

“S” - Schedule

Pull out your daily planner and schedule the date and time to start the task and also schedule your drop-dead date – this would be the date for which you want to have the task completed. 

 

“I” – Immediately

Immediately after you have completed your scheduled task, check it off.  That “check off” gives you a feeling of accomplishment, as you will feel that you are getting one step closer to completion.  At the same time you check off the task, if you need to continue working on the task, immediately schedule another date to continue the process.  Don’t wait to do this.  Do it immediately. 

 

“S” - Stay the course 

Should a real emergency come up before you have had a chance to start your task, don’t be hard on yourself.  You are not procrastinating.  Open your planner and schedule another date/time and resolve yourself to the fact you are still moving forward with getting the task done.

 

“T” - Track your progress

Being a negative society, we have a tendency to remind ourselves of how much is “left” to do versus what we have accomplished.  Always focus on your progress, not what still needs to be done.  This will keep you positive and moving forward.   

 

If you do not beat procrastination, you will set yourself up for failure.  Don’t sacrifice a mentally healthy tomorrow because you don’t want to put the effort in today.  Your life is important and exercising self-discipline to tackle procrastination will bring you one step closer to your goals.

 

 About Gail Kasper: Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a small one-bedroom apartment, in the middle of bankruptcy, with no money in the bank. Today, Gail is one of the nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, a television host, 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. 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.