Last week, we spoke of procrastination and ways to get into action rather than delay, delay, delay.   

Procrastination can be deadly to your self-esteem, bank account, personal relationships and health.  So why must you put up with this?  What keeps getting in the way?  Why must you lack clarity when you know what needs to be done?  Well maybe what you’re attempting to do is not in your “sweet spot.” One way to kick procrastination in the butt is to focus on your strengths.

For people living with ADD ADHD, our brains have a difficulty prioritizing, making decisions, and setting direction to move into action when we become consumed with activities that we don’t like.  These may include procrastination, disorganization, time management, lack of focus and, of course, please fill in YOUR’s. 

You see, when you are consumed with activities that are boring, disinteresting, distracting and stressful, you can count on having difficulty getting things done. Why? At these times, our body produces an enzyme that doesn’t support prioritizing, making decisions (right or wrong) and setting direction.  Just knowing this can help you with procrastination.  We don’t have time to go into depth around this but I bet you’re thinking that maybe procrastination doesn’t have to rule you.  

Do you want to kick procrastination in the butt? 

The first thing you need to do is to ACCEPT that this is a part of your life right now. ACCEPT that it’s not your fault, you’ve done nothing wrong.  Tell yourself. “Hey, this happens to me.  No right.  No wrong.” So what – ACCEPT it is what it is.     

Another procrastination deterrent is to ask this question.  Is this the BEST USE OF MY TIME right now?

I love this question.  Now you’ve got to be rigorous with the answer.  If taking on the task of paying your bills on time, you’ve decided, is important to you, your DECISION can be your motivation; the light to reach for – not three hours of watching Law and Order. (Been there. Done that.)

So DECISION is also a component. You can also decide to delegate this task to someone so you can stay focused on your strengths.

What are you good at?  FOCUS ON YOUR STRENGTHS.  What are some of your strengths?  I hear often, “Frank, I don’t really have any strengths.” Really?

We can have a four hour telecall on this subject alone but everyone has strengths.  Here are a couple of ways to find out what your good at.

A place to begin is to recognize:

“Strengths energize. Weaknesses drain”
David Giwerc

In addition, ask yourself, what do I love to do? What is it that I do that comes easy to me that when I’m actually doing it I don’t even realize it?  What are those things that other people say to I’m great at that I push aside as no big thing. 

This is probably a strength that comes so easily, you think everyone can do it – like being excellent in math or collecting stamps when you were a kid or being a whiz on a computer. 

When we are in our groove, firing on all cylinders, I know I find myself not delaying what I love to do. I’m motivated.  I’m excited.  I’m moving the ball towards the goal.  As a matter of fact, I can see the goal and I’m eager to do whatever it takes to get there.  Can you relate?

When you learn the steps to managing procrastination you can accomplish what you set out to do and it can last a lifetime. No kidding.  I know because I have.  This is not to say I don’t fall into procrastination because I can be the King of Procrastination.  The difference is I have a blueprint to work with that helps me reach my goals. 

I suggest you start here when it comes to managing and perhaps mastering procrastination.

1. ACCEPT
2. MAKE A DECISION
3. WHAT”S THE BEST USE OF MY TIME
3. FOCUS ON YOUR STRENGTHS

As a said, there isn’t enough time to go through all of the steps like PLANNING but you can learn how to Kick Procrastination in the Butt!