Happy New Year, former procrastinators! Rejoice as you review the progress you’ve made in putting off procrastination. The following points have been a special help to me this past year:
- Employ mini habits. (See the book, Mini Habits by Stephen Guise and the March blogs.) When I’m tempted to put something off, I remember creating a new habit means I change my brain with repetition. Delay is the neural pathway of the old man. It’s easy to follow. Every time I do what needs doing when it needs doing, I create or pass over a new nerve pathway in my brain. With repetition, the good one becomes easier to follow than the old, negative one. Tackle this process with small, easy steps.
- Take advantage of the compound effect. (See Compound Effect by Darren Hardy and the June blogs.) This principle operates without my volition. As a result of small things I do over and over, I am shackled with consequences – or enjoy rewards. I can reap huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices. At the time, the steps don’t feel significant and I am tempted to not bother. But when I do, I increase the eventual reward.
- Will power and motivation both serve me. Either way I choose to do the job.
- Routine helps me show up no matter what I feel like.
See how these all work together to renew my mind and build new habits?
What helped you in 2019 to do what needs doing when it needs doing?