Resolving procrastination seems daunting, but there are so many avenues of approach that it is really more manageable a task than most would ever believe. Having many tactics and strategies that are effective in pushing procrastination out of your life makes it easier. If you tire of one effort, you can rotate in something else, then something else. In fact, this approach comes naturally to procrastinators. They tend to move on quickly, getting distracted or just stopping whatever endeavor they’ve recently gotten into.

Some Strategies

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Procrastination and avoidance once helped keep you safe.

Since the origins of procrastination are usually varied and everyone typically has at least a few ‘in’s’ to the problem, several solutions are usually available for anyone working on this. For example, let’s say that you are anxious abut the clutter in your life; that it makes you overwhelmed and leaves you feeling hopeless and helpless. You mean to do something about it, but, of course, you procrastinate. Your ‘menu’ of options could include:

  • seek treatment for anxiety and/or depression
  • work a de-cluttering program
  • take daily steps to fulfill small goals in some other area of your life. This builds a sense of competency and momentum that can generalize

These are just a few of the many approaches that can be taken in this scenario, but I hope you understand that you can surround procrastination with a show of force, equipped with many strategies that will keep it corralled no matter what it tries. It’s not only possible, it can be very satisfying.

Curing the Avoider Inside You

Procrastination is just another word for avoidance, but before you demonize these words (which everyone seems to do), I want to tell you how they aren’t moral failings or character defects, but rather, how they have been your friends and sometimes your protectors.

On a basic and instinctive level, we avoid things to be safe. That’s what pain is about. Don’t touch that stove again! Don’t walk on this broken glass! Somewhere along the line every procrastinator learned to avoid pain of some sort by being inactive, passive, still… avoidant. Usually at the bottom of a procrastination problem is ‘something bad was going to happen if I was joyous, spontaneous, took charge, claimed my environment, made independent decisions, followed my bliss, expressed myself, made myself visible…’

Think on it and you will find how avoidance has helped you. When you do, however, don’t dip into the sorrow of why your spontaneous and motivated self went underground. Instead, embrace the instinct you had that keep you safe. Thank it and send it on it’s way. You don’t need its help any more. For more on procrastination go here and here.