How to Avoid Procrastinating When You Feel Overwhelmed

This is a guest post by Lucille Zimmerman. She is a licensed professional counselor and an affiliate faculty professor at Colorado Christian University. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. You can read her blog and follow her on Twitter.

On my morning jogs, I’ve been listening to Michael Hyatt’s new book Platform (unabridged audio edition). In spite of being a tremendous resource, I find myself getting overwhelmed, sometimes even irritated.

Portrait of an Overwhelmed Little Boy - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Imgorthand, Image #16583987

The problem with Michael’s book is that it contains too much information. For instance, the book doesn’t just teach the benefits of Twitter, it tells you how to set up an account, and even what size your personal photograph should be.When describing the video he uses on his speaker page, Mike shares information about the camera, lighting, and microphone. Even though I’ve been building a platform for seven years, I’m overwhelmed.

A few of the book reviews I’ve read had the same complaint: “All of us can’t be Michael Hyatt.” While Michael was running Thomas Nelson some of us were raising kids, going to school, and managing a household. Because Michael excels at platform building, it would be easy to throw his book against the wall and think, “I can’t do it the way he does, so forget it all!”

Feelings of overwhelm, perfectionism, lack of management and organizational skills can cause us to lose motivation and lead to procrastination. Procrastination is a phenomenon in which a person neglects to attend to a necessary responsibility, such as a task or decision, in a timely fashion, often despite their good intentions or inevitable negative and unpleasant.

Simply put, we avoid what’s good for us.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I know that “stinkin thinking” causes many of our limitations. We have unrealistic views about self, others, and the world. Perhaps you’ve felt similar feelings of being overwhelmed while building a platform. Here are some tips we can all use in order to avoid procrastination, so make progress toward building our platforms:

  1. Break assignments down. Rather than reworking my entire speaker page, I grabbed the link to a YouTube video of me speaking and inserted it into my webpage. That one small task made me feel better about an overwhelming project.
  2. Change your self-talk. First of all, saying you must do such-and-such makes you feel coerced and pressured. Instead, tell yourself you “get to” or you “want to.”

    Eradicate the word “should” from your vocabulary. All it does is elicit feelings of failure. “I should work on SEO. I should get better software. I should change my comment system to Disqus. I should … I should … I should.”

    Just for fun, when I got home from my jog, I entered my website into HubSpot’s Marketing Grader and was pleasantly surprised by my site’s score. I did that because I wanted to, not because I felt I should.

  3. Give up perfection. One of the strongest links to procrastination is perfectionism. I know people who have talked about making a website for years. Meanwhile time goes by and their platform stalls.
  4. Stop comparing. I’m not Michael Hyatt. I have had an entirely different set of life experiences, skills, and strengths. For instance, he is happiest when he is building and leading, but I’m happiest when I’m connecting with people. I was changing diapers when he was studying business.
  5. Buddy up. My friend Lori called to ask me how I make my YouTube videos. In the past I’ve simply used my iPhone, but since we both wanted to learn to tape interviews on Skype, we set a date to work on it together. Just knowing I’m getting together with a friend turns a task into a treat.
  6. Reward yourself. Psychologists know that reward is a much stronger motivator than punishment. I implement rewards liberally. Sometimes just knowing I’m going to make a cup of coffee spurs me on. When you accomplish a bigger goal, give yourself a nicer reward.

A while back, I noticed that CopyBlogger had a really helpful infographic for breaking out of a creative rut. Many of these same ideas can be used for procrastination.

Question: Has procrastination ever kept you from moving forward? What helped you overcome the problem? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • http://twitter.com/LauraRolands Laura Rolands

    Great suggestions – thanks for sharing!  My favorite strategy you share is to break assignments down.  Another one I like is to play “race the clock”.  How much can you get done in just 10 minutes?

    • http://proverbsnwisdom.com/ Ashley Ormon

      Race the clock is a great one. I do that from time-to-time as I remember. It’s always a fun challenge. And usually, the next time I do a timed-task I try to beat my previous timing. It can be an effective way to make accomplishments, sometimes.

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      I have never played “race the clock.” Thanks for that suggestion Laura. 

  • http://twitter.com/KrisHopes Kris Wood

    Fab post with “use it now” takeaways.  You nailed it, Lucille!  I’ve been known to put the PRO in procrastination, but have learned the freedom of pushing through.  Shared this already! Thanks!

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Thanks for sharing Kris!  I’m glad it is helpful.

  • http://twitter.com/andrewstark andrewstark

    Hi Lucille,

    The biggest cure is indeed when you decided to change should to must. Once you have decided to do something it means you can ignore the less important things and finish one idea.

    Today is the day that I’m ready to start selling my information product on listbuilding. I’ve put a lot of things on the back burner to complete this, because although I should be generating traffic it’s pointless if I don’t have my own product to sell. 

    Now that this is available for sale I can go back and do the should tasks again, but now they’re must do tasks as no traffic = no sales.

    Overall commit to hard work and procrastination will vanish.

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Self talk is such a powerful thing. It can be used to impede or build. 

  • http://www.robstill.com Rob Still

    Hey I really liked this post Lucille! I felt like you were describing moi ! My strategy  to make progress – do at least one thing to keep moving the ball forward.

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Rob, I agree. Just doing one thing. Sometimes I start by doing the simplest thing so that I feel I’m accomplishing something. That motivates me to press on and eventually get to the bigger, more difficult tasks. 

  • http://www.RobTrenckmann.com/ Rob Trenckmann

    I really resonate with your thoughts–thanks!  I’ve had the same feelings reading Platform.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Rob, one way to help break that overwhelming feeling is to take the book chapter by chapter. Since the chapters are so short, you’re able to apply the principles and steps Michael gives you before going forward. Each individual step leads to bigger success!

      • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

        Good idea Joe. Another idea is to listen on audio. When I’m running my creative juices turn on. By the time I get back home, I have one or two ideas I want to implement right away. 

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          I love to listen to great audio while running as well Lucille. How do you keep track of the ideas you get from the audio during a run? It seems by the time I get home I forget what I was excited about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.martin.10485 Steve Martin

    Too much going on right now…

    I’ll read this post tomorrow…

    - theoldadam.com

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Clever! ?

  • http://twitter.com/GregwMusicStrat MusicPoweredStrategy

    Thanks Lucille!  I needed this.

    Some days I feel on top of everything and others I feel that overwhelmed feeling.  I’ll definitely be re-reading this on days like that.

    One other thing I do periodically to “reset” is to look at my focus areas or tasks and “weed out” any I may have added that just aren’t important.  They may have seemed great at the time, and something I really wanted to do, but may just be adding to that “overwhelmed” feeling.

    Thanks again for your insights!

    Greg

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Prioritizing is a great way to get that sense of accomplishment.  Thanks for your comment Greg.

  • http://twitter.com/debbutterfield Debra L. Butterfield

    I’ll give these suggestions a try. I’m not procrastinating, but feeling so overwhelmed. Hope these help.

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      I hope some work for YOU Debra.  Thanks.

    • http://www.thepointsguide.com/ ThePointsGuide

      I’m right there with you Debra! But when I really think about it, when I get overwhelmed I tend to procrastinate on the job or task I should be working on. Instead I’ll do something else and avoid working on what is overwhelming me.. I push it out of mind.

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  • Pam Costa

    Lucille, thanks for sharing. You perfectly describe my feeling of information overload and  being stuck in place. I listen to a lot of podcasts and I can’t remember who said it, but my favorite quote is “Don’t compare or confuse your beginning with someone else’s middle.” Your comment “I was changing diapers when he was studying business.” resonates with that quote.

    Although I have a long way to go, I am grateful for the amazing resource that Michael has built and freely shares. We live in wonderful times, don’t we?

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      I really like that quote as well. Thank you for sharing it!

    • http://proverbsnwisdom.com/ Ashley Ormon

      Thanks Pam for sharing this quote: “Don’t compare or confuse your beginning with someone else’s middle.” This helped a lot. I’ll have to post this one on my desk.

      • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

        Hope it helps Ashley. 

  • Poppy Smith

    Loved the point that when Michael, and thousands of men and women like him, were in school, doing all sorts of stuff that has put them were they are today, some of us were raising kids, dealing with our own emotional stuff, struggling in marriage or life or….
    We have all walked different life paths and we’re at different places and are different people. I love learning from those whose skills outshine mine, but recognizing I am not them and I am okay keeps me stable and producing at my own pace.

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      You outshine everyone at being you!  Thanks Poppy.

  • Sgoewey

    This is really great. I like your blog, Mike, but one of my problems with your free ebook/leadership advice is how skewed it was toward the male point of view… Lucille advice rings absolutely true for me…mothers work all those same parenthood years that fathers do, but if my experience is any inidcation, with many many more childcare/household responsibilites. Thanks, Lucille for spelling it out (diapers vs. powerpoint.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your input. Most of my experience as a leader is as a male. ;-)

      • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

        Haha, I like that Michael. 

  • Cherry Odelberg

    At first I thought, “break assignments down,”  was not for me. Though detail oriented, I like to keep a grasp of the whole.  I hate to outline, but usually have a general outline in my head.  Then, I realized that I incorporate this principle into the way I work (successfully) time and time again.  I loved your example of taking an already finished piece and fitting it into the new puzzle – repurposing projects.  If you have done each mini project, taken each baby step, with excellence along the way, it is simply a matter of, “gathering up the pieces that none be lost.”

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Cherry, I’m glad this post gave you an opportunity to reflect and see how you are already using non-procrastination principals. 

  • http://twitter.com/toddvaters Todd Vaters

    I’m not alone!!!!!!!!!!! Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Todd, thanks for commenting with enthusiasm. 

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  • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

    Lucille,
    This is a great list! Dealing with perfectionism has had huge results for me lately. I recently heard musician, John Mayer, say “you can’t get in on the 12th floor.” Anne Lamott has said, that you have to be willing to butcher “Mary Had a Little Lamb” before you can play Chopin.  Those two thoughts have helped me course correct so many times.

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Two great ways of saying it! Thank you Aaron.

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Both of those are helpful. Thanks Aaron. 

  • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

    Thank you for sharing this. Fits perfectly with the week I’ve had and gave me a chance to just breathe. :)

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Hope you’re able to find a calmer week this coming week. Life can be so crazy and overwhelming!

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Sundi, sorry you’re feeling overwhelmed. Take time to enjoy October along the way. 

      • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

        Yes mam. :) God’s helping me create more margin in my life. We’re working well together.. 

  • http://twitter.com/GiftPlanner GiftPlanner

    Just what I needed after a frustrating week of distractions!  These practical points will help me to reaffirm my boundaries! 

    Thank you!

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Glad you found this post helpful. 

  • Rita Hancock MD

    Great post, Lucille. It’s inspiring! 

    • http://twitter.com/ShellieT Shellie R. Tomlinson

      I agree, Rita! Lucille, this is good stuff. I’ve followed Michael for years. I bought Platform because I felt like it was only right since I’ve consistently benefited from his blog.  :) You’re right–not everything in it is doable for everyone but you can leave a lot of it on the shelf, so to speak, and still take away a ton of valuable ideas.

      • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

        Shellie, I’m so glad others resonate with the idea of taking what you can and implementing pieces of Michael’s book. We don’t have to eat the whole elephant in one bite. 

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Rita, I appreciate your encouragment. Blessings to you and the work you do. 

  • Ruth Headen

    Great advice!  Three points really hit me:  1) Change my self-talk.  I often talk to myself.  (We all do, right?) :)  I get to be more deliberate and positive when I talk to myself.  2)  Stop comparing – OUCH.  I see that I do that all the time and it paralyzes me.  Now, how do I stop?  Hmmm.  3)  Breaking assignments down seems like common sense but it’s not always easy.  I have coached my staff “you can only eat an elephant one bite at a time” and it’s true – but still tough.    Thanks for these great reminders!

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Comparing is neccessary but it can also be one of the cruelest things we do to ourselves, especially when we think we aren’t enough. One of the most powerful ideas I teach people is to speak nicely to themselves; to offer grace. The brain believes the words we say. Sometimes I will say “stop” outloud and then say something like, “I am enough today, ” “It’s okay to make mistakes,” or “I don’t have to make everyone happy today.”

  • Bridgett

    This are great and just what I needed right now. It seems that I start to procrastinate without even thinking about it when I am overwhelmed or not sure what to tackle next.  These tips are great!  Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Bridgett, thank you for letting me know they are helpful. Hope you are able to take on your projects and ideas piece by piece, knowing you have what it takes. Also, I want to remind you, “Strong people ask for help.”

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    I’ve actually posted comments about this.  As a full-time college instructor and single dad I cannot work at the same pace as Michael to create my platform and promote my own books and blog.  However, although I agree with your tips on how to deal with being overwhelmed, I’ve never really felt overwhelmed as I do blessed.  I’m blessed to have work and a family, friends, faith, health, and a large variety of creative talents.  Rather than looking at my writing and promotion as adding to the heap and overwhelming me, I’ve always looked at it as a part of me that I always pay attention to, but temper with balance and pacing, just as I do the rest of my life.

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Oh Dan, I love the lens through which you see life! We are all so blessed aren’t we?

      Balance, pacing, and remember to enjoy October. (That’s my mantra for today.)

      • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

        I try to keep positive.  Of course I have my days, too.  Great mantra Lucille, we should use it all month.

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    In my case, I’ve procrastinated all morning already. I am more productive in a public place rather than at home, so I’ve packed up my stuff and moved to the local public library. Being in public at least takes playing computer games off my own personal distraction table. Also moving to another location signals to me I’m serious about my writing.

    Thanks for a word that moves me forward again.

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      I am the same way. If I stay home, I will be tempted to get on Facebook. Often I take myself to Starbucks just to read or write. The change in venue is always helpful. 

  • http://proverbsnwisdom.com/ Ashley Ormon

    This helped me a lot. I appreciate it. I’m glad you mentioned not to compare ourselves. It can be such an easy thing to do, and I think sometimes we do it unconsciously.

    Regarding procrastinating, I remind myself to, “Don’t sit on things. If time allows and I can do them now, do it. I won’t regret putting it off.” I’ve embraced this and I’ve found the amount I procrastinate has decreased. Thanks for writing, Lucille.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I’m with you on that Ashley. We fall into the trap of comparing easily, at least I do. Before I know it, I can be wallowing in self pity and despair. We’re created to be who we are. Not those we admire.

      • http://proverbsnwisdom.com/ Ashley Ormon

        Beautifully said: “We’re created to be who we are. Not those we admire.” I just may have to quote you on that one, Joe! Thanks.

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

           Feel free to quote away!

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

           BTW, you just sparked a blog post idea. Thanks for giving me that creative feeling tonight!

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      That’s great advice Ashley. It’s so much better to do what we can as soon as we can. That feeling of having to get to something takes up a lot of unneccessary emotional space. 

  • http://blog.lasacademy.com/ Dexter Godfrey

    Those were some great tips. I’m learning that overming procrastination must be done habitually and on purpose. 

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Thanks for commenting here Dexter. 

  • Dawn Vesco

    Lucille – I so appreciated your take on this.I have been known “to race the clock” but I also do the rewarding to breakthrough.I thought you were looking into life with this one…

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Hi Dawn, I’m glad it was helpful to you. I have never played “race the clock” but I like it!

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    Procrastination and fear have been my Achilles heel. I was overwhelmed by the responsibility that comes from leading.

    Eventually, I stumbled upon the insights that helped move me forward. Take it step by step. Knowing if I didn’t do it, I was cheating someone out of my talents. Surrounding myself with others who are willing to encourage me.

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    Sweet. It’s written and scheduled for November 9th. A fun piece to write. Thanks again for that inspiration.

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Well how cool is that!

  • Anne

    Lucille, loved the post and thanks for the suggestion of the  infographic. I was able to see exactly why I get stuck on this project I am working on. As far as procrastination, it’s my perfectionism which keeps competing with my desire to make an excellent product. I like to swallow the proverbial frog. I find that if I do that, the juices start flowing once that difficult job is out of the way.

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Oh Anne, you’re the first to mention the infographic. Even though it had a different title, I thought it fit perfectly into this piece. 

  • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

    Great workable suggestions,  Lucille! I got to work it!

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Joe, I appreciate you taking time to let me know you found the post helpful.

  • http://www.livebeyondawesome.com/ Jen McDonough “The Iron Jen”

    Hi Michael, I just blogged on a similar topic – how to take action when you don’t feel like it. The part about breaking our goals down and avoiding perfection is HUGE in stopping ourselves from getting stuck in the muck. Our self talk is incredibly powerful as well as the action to stop comparing ourselves to others and finding ways to buddy up with people. 
    Thanks for continue to give awesome tips for us to achieve success!!
    Live Beyond Awesome!
    Jen
    Twitter: @TheIronJen:disqus

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Jen, I’m glad you found this post helpful. 

      • http://www.livebeyondawesome.com/ Jen McDonough “The Iron Jen”

        Lucille, 
        My apologies for not addressing this to you! What a great blog post!! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Hipmamamedia

    Thank for the post, Lucille. It came at just the perfect time. I finished “Platform” about two weeks ago and absoutely love all of Michael’s practical and step-by-step help, but I also know as a professional with a day job and a wife and mother of three, I can’t do it all overnight. Breaking it down really resonates with me as I often tell that to my kids when they have a huge school project:  chunk it down and it’s do-able. I appreciate your female perspective: men and women have different realities and roles and we have to puruse our dreams in a way that acknowledges that. So, diapers was the reality a couple of decades ago, and now my kid’s crazy sports and clubs schedule is. For me it’s not so much about procrastination, but about balancing the demands of my different roles without feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes it is easier to stall than to figure out how to balance.

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Isn’t it true. Sometimes we simply cannot be in a place of giving 100% to the projects we want. We do our best and put our focus on the people and projects that are most important in this moment.

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  • Beth Marshall

    #4 Stop Comparing is a priceless reminder especially for authors. Ever had a friend make the NY Times Best Seller list a week after the book release? I also needed to hear #5 Buddy Up. I would add listen to wise advise from the pros. Michael’s tip from Platform to write, then edit has saved me countless hours of trying to create a perfect first draft. #brilliant. Thank you!

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Beth, I just learned that idea too! In all my 47 years, no one ever told me to create and edit seperately. Michael’s book is so worthwhile. 

      • http://atimetohealjournal.com Beth Marshall

        Lucille- I just visited your website. Love it. So refreshing and real. Thanks again for today’s post…really inspiring!!

  • http://atimetohealjournal.com Beth Marshall

    #3 Give up Perfection. Love this one, especially for bloggers. Just write it.
    And thanks Ashley for race the clock – small nuggets of time are great motivators!

    • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

      Hi Beth, glad you found those ideas helpful. I’ve never raced the clock, but now I might. 

  • http://www.LucilleZimmerman.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

    Aaron, in grad school I realized I didn’t have to be good at every task. I learned I could bring my skills and offer them to the group. It was important for me to learn to rely on others for the creative gifts God gives them. 

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  • http://3030.binaryhammer.com/ Bob Koon

    This is a great article. Thank you for sharing it!

    I just wanted to expand on Point 6 a bit more. Rewarding yourself is a very, very good way to keep yourself motivated. When you break up your day into work/break/work/break/etc, the breaks become the reward and soon you’ll start to look forward to that reward, forcing you to work a little harder to get there.

    There are apps/programs that can help you with this and keeping up your productivity while keeping the urge to procrastinate at bay. One is called 30/30 (iPhone/iPad). There are other techniques like Pomodoro that also help. DISCLOSURE: I created 30/30, but that’s not my point in posting here. I wanted to support the point that rewarding yourself DOES work, and my favorite way to do that is with an app running on a device on my desk. I never look at the clock any more. :)

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Bob, these are great ways to systematically reward productivity, therefore, making us more productive!

  • http://www.lisashawcares.com/ Lisa Shaw

    Good article Lucille. I would add, not trying to take on the world is key.  If someone tells you to go to the missions field, you may immediately think, I don’t have the resources, time, funds, passport, experience, etc. but if someone says, your missions field is right outside your front door. That change of perspective also changes the expectation which can also change the outcome.  You may be more apt to touch the world around you without feeling overwhelmed if that world around you was a neighbor, your neighborhood, etc. Hope my point made sense.  I’m definitely someone who believes in breaking things down and also having the ability to say, “no” to what may not fit in the goals and plans I am working toward.

    Bless you.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Lisa, I think you elaborate well on point #4.  Your mission is YOUR mission.  Michael and others are a great model, but we each need to focus on what WE are called to do today. 

  • http://twitter.com/lancecashion lance cashion

    Yes, I just got done with two meetings in a row and I am now procrastinating!   ooops, phone ringing… TTYL!  Thx!

  • Sara

    Great article, and yes, procrastination is a huge problem for me. Well, and the fact that I am exhausted. I think I need to work on my reward system. That would be beneficial. Right now there are no rewards except promises of a better future. In this instant gratification society, I need something more immediate for achieving the smaller goals because the big picture ones won’t happen without the smaller day-to-day tasks.

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  • http://twitter.com/robnomi Robin Bermel

    I love this! Re: the self-talk, this is a powerful trick. I learned it from a volunteer preschool teacher in how to help kids transition to another task. I found myself using it as self-talk and making a big difference how I approach my task list. Simple ideas said very well. We could all use your list as a reminder. Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-J-Tornatore/100003275675328 Sam J Tornatore

    Great advice, one thing I would like to add if I may. Too
    many people choose goals that set them up for failure. In other words they pick
    a goal this is highly likely to cause procrastination. The more they think they
    want it the more they sometimes procrastinate about it. One of the many reasons
    for this is that the goal is not consistent with their internal value system. Fortunately
    once some guidance is given this procrastination problem can be solved.

    Sam Tornatore

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  • Stacy Voss

    Lucille, such a great post! I never used to procrastinate if I felt overwhelmed, but now it happens all too often (in fact, Platform still sits on my nightstand, mostly read, because I felt overwhelmed). I love the advice you give–it’s relevant and practical. Thanks!!
    ~Stacy Voss

  • Rebecca

    Well the reason why I was asking you did you remember my case because, I have already seen results. He called me on Jan 4th to wish me a happy birthday, and I called him on the 6th to wish him a happy birthday. We had a nice long conversation, and I expressed to him how he made me feel. He apologized over and over. Then after that conversation I didn’t hear from him until around the 8th of Feb. I started calling my phone, and I kept missing his calls because my phone was on silent. Well that third day of him not getting a response from me, he sent me a heartfelt email apologizing again, and saying how much he missed me and wanted to hold me in his arms. At the end of the email he stated that he loved me, in which he has never said those words to me. I still love him also, but its hard now to be with him because I will be moving 5 states away and I don’t want to start something back up with him, knowing we can’t be together. So I just want to thank you High – Dr madurai of maduraitemple@yahoo.com

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