How to Stop Being a Procrastinator Right Now!

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Day 23: Transform Stress into Courage and Confidence

Want to learn how to stop being a procrastinator?

In yesterday’s post I shared some tough love with you about how to focus on a solution.

I explained why complaining about things isn’t a good long-term strategy.

In today’s stress hack we’re going to piggyback on that idea by eating the frog.

I am going to focus in how to stop being a procrastinator.

How To Stop Being A Procrastinator And Get Things Done

Often the thing we complain about is something we don’t want to do. It’s the thing we dread and keep putting off.

We spent more time worrying and complaining about it than is good for ourselves.

Worst of all it makes us feel less confident,  less competent and MORE stressed.

Instead of pushing it back and putting it off, we should get in the habit of tackling it head on, first thing in the morning.

What do frogs have to do with it you ask? Good to stop being a procrastinator

It’s an expression I picked up from Brian Tracey who wrote a book called “Eat that Frog”.

It’s a great read and I recommend you pick up a copy when you get the chance. The reasoning behind it is this.

How To Stop Procrastinating And Take Action

What if I asked you to eat a frog?

Unless you’re into French cuisine, that does not sound like an appetizing endeavor.

Instead it’s one of those things you really don’t want to do and you keep putting it off.

If you just went ahead and ate that frog first thing in the morning, you wouldn’t spend all day worrying and agonizing about having to eat it.

Instead of dampening your motivation, self-esteem and confidence, getting it done right away will boost your self-confidence and increase your courage.

While you probably haven’t been asked to eat a frog, you’ve been in plenty of similar situations.

Maybe it’s the tough assignment at work, decluttering your closet at home, or doing your taxes.

We all have tasks we want to put off, sometimes indefinitely. But doing this holds us back and may cause unnecessary stress.

Also, we know we’ll have to get that work assignment turned in eventually and that taxes will be due April 15th.

We also know that getting ready in the morning will be much easier with a closet filled only with outfits we’d actually wear.

We also know that doing this work that has to be done early in the day when we have the mental and physical energy to do it will be much easier than trying to rush through it and pull an all-nighter at the last minute.

Going forward I challenge you to “eat that frog” and do the most difficult or most dreaded task first.

Not only will you do a much better job with it and waste less energy and worrying about it, it’s also a great way to reduce daily stress and boost your self-confidence and self-esteem.

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