Anita Agers Brooks

Beating the Procrastination Boogie-Man, Part Two

Writer's Procrastination
Procrastination Boogie-Man

Most writers I know battle a boogie-man. His name — Procrastination.

Last week, I shared my own procrastination habit-breakers. But today, I thought we’d consult an expert.

Let’s peek into the mind of Dr. Bill Knaus, an expert on the subject. His first suggestion is to accept what procrastination is and isn’t. Let’s see what he has to say.

Here are Dr. Knaus’s top three ideas to overcome your temptation to procrastinate:

1. Accept that procrastination is an automatic problem habit, and that the habit can be broken in areas where it is important to do so.

2. Accept that the “later is better” belief is an illusion. You can tell this illusion by its result—you repeat the procrastination pattern.

3. Accept that it takes time and effort to decrease the impact of this negative avoidance process and to direct your efforts toward what you want to accomplish—even

in areas where you would traditionally procrastinate.

Dr. Knaus offers these solutions to curbing procrastination.

1. Keep your eye on the priority you want to accomplish.

2. Undercut the procrastination process by forcing yourself to act to do what is important or timely to do.

3. Refuse to capitulate to the various forms of procrastination thinking that support delay. This process of curbing procrastination impulses gets easier with practice, but it is also easy to slip back. So, watch out for relapses. Learn your early warning signals. Address them as soon as you recognize them.

No matter how hard you work to overcome the habit of procrastination, expect lapses and relapses. The process involves pressure and relapses that maintains its magnetic pull. But it’s also what sharpens you into a disciplined, pointed writer.

Like other challenges in life, I’ve come to believe procrastination isn’t something you get over, it’s something you learn to work through.

How have you beat the procrastination boogie-man?

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Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her family.

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