How Have You Been Lying Lately?

-...telling lies, even small ones,jolts us our of alignment with ourselves.- (1)I think it’s about time I wrote about lying.  It’s such an important topic in the sphere of Procrastination.  There are so many different types of lying, I could categorize and describe them all day.  But since none of us has all day for that, I will just talk about a few.

1.  Lying to others

This is the most broad category of lying, I suppose.  I remember learning in my Developmental Psychology class that lying starts to kick in at around age 7.  Being able to tell lies about what is real is a powerful tool in navigating everyday life.  It gets dangerous however, when we feel we need to rely on small (or large) lies in order to just get through the day.  The lies seem to have more power over us than we do over the lies. Not good. Not healthy.  Very distracting.

2.  Lying about time

I think I may do this type of lying just about every single day.  Maybe multiple times a day.

  • “This will only take 10 minutes.”
  • “I have enough time to finish.”
  • “She won’t care if I’m late again, since she knows how stressed out I am.”
  • “I will start the project when the time is right.”

You know the drill.

3.  Lying about what we are doing

This type of lying is for the dribblers and the drabblers, the dibblers and the dabblers.  We are good at dithering and frittering time away, but not very honest with ourselves about what we are doing to our productivity, our actual time, and our self-esteem when we lie to ourselves and believe that we are being substantially productive when we are not.

4.  Lying just to feel like we have some control over the situation at hand

Sometimes we impulsively lie to fix some part of our self-image in the presence of another person we want love or respect from.

  • “No, I don’t mind.”
  • “I’m totally ready to handle that.”
  • “I’d love to see you today.”
  • “I have time to help out.”

When we do this type of lying we end up weakening our own willpower.  We tell untruths and then feel twisted up about what we’ve said. It’s just how are bodies and minds are — they like to be in alignment, and telling lies, even small ones, jolts us out of alignment with ourselves.

To demonstrate how lying can operate, I will tell you about this very blog post.

After my summer vacation, which was a good one thank you, I felt rested, relaxed, and ready to get back to blogging weekly like I had been doing prior to vacation.  Then one week went by, and another, and another.  I told myself, “This is going to be easy.”  I told friends, “I’ve got to write a post.”  I spent quite a bit of time sifting through different blog titles and subject matter in my head.

Finally, today, I had had enough of the useless chatter inside my head about the fictional blog post.  I had a few minutes and I just started banging away at the keyboard, releasing the pent up energy I had been keeping trapped by lying to myself.  I do feel a lot better, even though I haven’t even finished writing.

If you are in the habit of lying to get out of sticky situations, or because you feel stuck in some way all the time, I hope this post helps you to be more aware of your actions.  I also hope that extra awareness enables you to try speaking truthfully for awhile, just to see how differently you might feel.  Both lying and telling the truth are charged with energy, but when we learn to tell the truth consistently, we are able to function with much more clarity than when we depend on lies to get us through.

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Although I have not been blogging, I have been very busy.  I have been designing my next offering for Procrastination Coach readers and anyone else who might be struggling to get out from under their Procrastination habits.


My new program is called Procrastination to Productivity.  It’s a 28-day program to teach Procrastinators how to regain their energy for making good on their word, for doing the activities they really need and want to be doing, and for feeling creative and capable.

What is unusual about this program is it has an accountability component built in to the program.  When you register for the program, you will be entered into a small group of other registrants and you will go through the program together.  You will receive feedback on your daily progress from me and the other group members, and you will be able to offer support and feedback to your fellow members as well.

If you would like to hear more about the program or if you are ready to join, please visit this detailed preview of it.  If you have any questions about the program, please write to me at


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    How to Empower Yourself by Identifying Your Internal Conflicts

    ConflictWhy should I put myself out there?

    In some ways, Procrastinators are really really smart.  They know what’s up when they say to themselves – “If no one is looking, why should I put myself out there?”  After all, if we don’t put ourselves out there, then:

    • time stands still
    • we get to feel comfortable
    • we get to avoid what we are afraid of
    • no one will no how we are feeling
    • we won’t have to feel embarrassed
    • life will just proceed as usual
    • we won’t have to deal with the stress of handling new challenges
    • we won’t have to discover new things about ourselves, including areas in which we are weak
    • we won’t have to exert ourselves

    Writing this makes me think of what striving actors must go through.  Going to audition after audition, many of which may not be ideal, and going all in.  Performing with as much unleashed within themselves as they can manage.  Some may even have performance anxiety or stage fright, but audition after audition, they go forward.

    What is it about actors that cause them to bypass their own anxiety to move forward?  Do they not have self-doubt?  Do they not fear rejection and failure?  Hmm.  My guess is, actors have figured out a way to perform even as they experience feelings of conflict.

    Let’s get back to talking about Procrastinators.  Procrastinators feel they need to shut down functioning once they decide they have reached the end of their safety zone. They are no longer willing to move forward, no matter how important the task is to them, no matter how prepared they might be, and no matter how much they may or may not want to succeed.  Interesting.

    Investigate what is the point at which you stop.  Is it:

    • when you’re asked to provide your personal opinion?
    • when you’re asked to be personal?
    • when you’re asked to express feelings?
    • when you are asked to state facts?
    • when you feel you need to be perfect?
    • when you feel you need to provide the right information?
    • when you sense someone is depending on you?
    • when you feel your status or stability might be in jeopardy?
    • when you feel moving forward might launch you into adult-type troubles?
    • when you believe you are not skilled enough to move forward?

    There are more types of conflicts than I could ever begin to list fully.  And of course, your conflicts will be very different than my own.  You want to know mine?  My conflicts include:

    • feeling too unimportant to be the main actor in any given situation
    • feeling doubtful of my capacity to be successful
    • feeling like I’m not knowledgeable
    • feeling like I’ll be troubling other people if I need something from someone else
    • feeling like other people won’t understand what I need

    Procrastinators turn away from looking squarely at their internal conflicts and instead, believe their conflict resides just within their work.  Now that seems silly to me after doing twenty years of work coaching Procrastinators.  This is silly because never in twenty years has it been just about the work.

    When we get stuck, we feel we need to blame something, and it’s nice and tidy to blame the blank page on our desk or computer.  That blank page is so perfect and innocent, and it doesn’t ever yell back or tell you you’re sadly mistaken.

    Does this mean we need to rid ourselves of our conflicts?  Though it may help to reduce the power of our internal conflicts, we will probably never be totally clear of them.  After all, they help to make us who we are.  We are human, flaws and all.  What may be more helpful is reminding ourselves — through our actions — that we can proceed with our lives in spite of our conflicts.  We can have full range of motion when we stop allowing our internal hangups to hang us up.

    Getting Ourselves to Act

    The following is a short list of some techniques to help you get yourself to act, even when you feel burdened by internal conflict:

    1. Do the tiniest bit on the first day.  Repeat this the second day.  Gradually increase the amount you can work each day thereafter.
    2. Write down the conflict that is holding you back.  Then write down five reasons why you should not pay attention to the fear that conflict generates.  Then do Step 1.
    3. Remind yourself of the multiple benefits of going through with your task.  You’ll be happier.  You’ll be more satisfied.  You’ll be rid of your feelings of dread.  Then do Step 1.
    4. Let someone know you’re ready to work.  Tell a person or a group of people that you’ll be done with your project by next week.  You can even let them know that you are conflicted about it, in order to release the energy you have trapped by not working.  Then do Step 1.
    5. Remove the distractions which destroy your focus.  Create a working “zone” where all you can focus on is your one piece of work.  Then do Step 1.

    You do not need to be perfect to get things done.  You do not have to be organized to get things done.  You do not need to be in the right mind frame to get things done.  Get used to working on the fly, in between appointments, without overthinking.  Gradually get rid of the feeling of struggle that tends to get paired with work.  Step by step you’ll move past your areas of conflict, and you’ll get there.

    Do I have it totally wrong about actors?  #onamissiontoproveI’mnotknowledgeable  Do you experience areas of conflict which seem too large to shake?  Do you have tricks of your own to be productive even when you are feeling in conflict?  Please share here if you feel comfortable doing so.  And remember to follow me on Twitter@ChristineLiPhD because I love it over there.

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      On the Importance of Developing Compassion for Yourself (a.k.a. Life without the Jackhammer)


      This week I found myself going around in circles creatively, and not in a good way.  I had just finished a few major projects, including wrapping up teaching my on-line course, Open to the Possibilities.  I was left with a little more time on my hands, and nothing that was urgent or pressing on my plate.

      That should have felt good, or at least okay, but since I have been in recovery from chronic Procrastination, I am loathe to waste any free time I might have.  It’s not that I don’t rest — I do.  I just really like to be productive when I have the space to do so.

      My going around in circles probably had something to do with my not knowing what I wanted to focus on next.  Should I offer the course again?  Should I write some more? Should I explore making some instructional videos and let it all hang out on YouTube? Should I just sign up for belly dancing class instead? #serious

      Instead of feeling free to explore, I felt like a bit of a flattened out mess.

      Then today, I made peace with that reality and I regrouped.  I decided although the first half of the day had been “lost,” that didn’t mean the second half had to be too.  I opened up a blank page on the computer and started typing up a quick chart of what I wanted to get done in the rest of the day, without moaning or groaning.  And by the end of the day, I was on my way towards greater activity and effectiveness again.

      In case you are in a period of going around in circles, I’ve put together a quick list of suggestions for you to try in order for you to develop a sense of compassion for yourself:

      • pause
      • meditate for five minutes
      • take deep breaths through your diaphragm (put your hand on your belly — breathe so you can see your hand moving instead of your chest heaving)
      • remind yourself everything including what you are going through is temporary and transient
      • figure out what part of your situation is actually enjoyable or the start of something good
      • decide for yourself that you can break away from the state you have been caught in
      • call or text someone just to let the stress out

      You could also take a different path.  You could decide to take a tornado’s way out of things.  Blitz through all that is in front of you.  Make all the decisions.  Send all the texts. Plan out the next two weeks.  Whatever your needs call for.  Or you can just decide to resume as usual, but without the burden of having to carry your jackhammer around all day long.

      What jackhammer?  Oh, the one you’ve been working with.  The inner voice that beats you up when you are not productive and the one you don’t need to keep in your toolkit anymore.

      What’s in your compassion toolkit?  What helps you to cope with periods of low-to-no productivity?  I look forward to hearing from you.  Please remember to follow me on Twitter@ChristineLiPhD for more insights into breaking free of Procrastination and zooming around the rest of your life.

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        How to Develop a New Habit and to Break Old Ones (with a Free Download)

        Habit Tracker

        Repetition is your friend.  Repetition allows you to get comfortable.  It allows you to feel at ease in your performance.  It allows you to preserve your mental space for more complex matters you need to concentrate on. But sometimes, being able to repeat certain behaviors seems to be a very hard thing to accomplish.  There are many reasons for this:

        • we forget
        • we get busy
        • we get distracted
        • we lose faith in our ability to keep our behavior on track
        • we get bored when we think of the idea of having a “routine”
        • the excitement wears off

        One habit that has been supremely hard for me to develop is meditating in the morning. We’re talking years of on-and-off “trying” to meditate.

        I decided to design a printout for myself to keep track of what I was and was not doing for the last week in July.  This printout was meant to satisfy my desire to put pen to paper and to “see” what I was really up to.  I listed four activities, including meditating, that I was interested in remembering to do on a daily basis and one activity that I wanted to remember to avoid.

        The habit tracker sheet allowed me to wake up the next day feeling no resistance to the idea of meditating.  My mind was already primed to think I was going to meditate.  I had made a plan and I was going to check off that box no matter what.  I learned it didn’t really have to be a do-or-die kind of situation.  I just meditated.  And that felt slightly better than staring at my meditation pillow and running a few circles around it like I usually do.

        Why don’t you try tracking your habits too?  If you are game, print out the August Habit Tracker Sheet that I have made for you to use.  My suggestions for using the August Habit Tracker Sheet are as follows:

        1. Limit yourself to five habits that you would like to work on.  Getting overwhelmed never helped anyone make good changes.

        2.  Enter three tasks that you would not want to forget to do on a daily basis.

        3.  Enter one new habit that you would like to try to be consistent with, e.g. meditation, walking in the morning, writing down ten ideas for your business, reading for twenty minutes.

        4.  Enter one old habit that you would like to avoid doing, e.g. eating sugary foods, random apologizing, impulse buying.

        5.  Have fun filling in your daily boxes.  Do it your way.  You could circle the number in the box, x it out, fill it in, color it in, or make a check mark.  Go crazy.

        6.  Feel the flow of your new habits start to take hold.  Stick with the August Habit Tracker Sheet and keep going.  Realize that you are stimulating the broader habit of completing what you set out to do.

        Bonus Tip: Take a peek at the beautiful daily artistic habits of my friends Crystal Moody and Corinna Jaeger. You’ll be impressed by their gorgeous creative work and by their personal reflections on the ups and downs of forming meaningful habits.  Enjoy.

        Have you developed any systems of your own for keeping yourself on track?  I’d love to hear about them.  If you enjoyed this post, please share it with those you love and/or follow me on Twitter for more ideas on how to get past Procrastination in your life.

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          Let’s Get Rid of the Most Potent Factor Causing You to Procrastinate


          Let’s try to figure out what’s getting in your way.

          Why can’t you finish what you’ve started?

          Why do your ideas never see the light of day?

          Why can’t you introduce yourself to that cute new neighbor of yours?

          Why is your workspace a cluttered mess?

          Here’s my opinion for the day: you are overburdened by self-doubt.  Self-doubt tells us:

          • we should not try
          • we should not defend ourselves
          • we should not stand up for ourselves
          • we should keep the things as they are as best as we can because it is what we know
          • no one will listen
          • it’s not ready
          • I’m not ready
          • it’s not good enough
          • I’m not good enough
          • it’s ridiculous
          • it’ll take too long
          • it’ll be too hard
          • there’s not enough time
          • take your time
          • hiding out is a better option that showing up
          • we can never change
          • we can never grow
          • we can never be our full, operational selves

          Wow.  Self-doubt is a kicker.  It kicks our motivation, and sometimes even our inspiration, to the curb.  It makes us believe we were never really that motivated in the first place.

          In case you haven’t had your share of healthy nutrients today, here’s some powerful juice for killing your self-doubt:

          You are more capable than you can even imagine.

          You have more potential for action than you could ever use in a lifetime.

          You can change your pattern of doing things within the next hour.

          You are in charge of yourself and the thoughts you allow yourself to listen to.  You do not have to listen to trash talk and lies about yourself anymore.

          You are the best person for changing things in the right direction for you.  You do not have to rely on anyone else and you do not have to fear anyone else any longer.

          Self-doubt is mental and emotional clutter.  It can get out of control very quickly and very easily.  It can take up so much of your time that it really does feel like there is no time left to work.  The truth of the matter is you do have the time, but you will not have the emotional energy and mental fortitude to do your work if you are burdened by the clutter of self-doubt.

          Do one thing today to prove to yourself your own capacity for action and change.  And then repeat this action over and over again until your self-doubt is gone.  Best wishes to you.

          Today’s post is lovingly dedicated to the members of the Open to the Possibilities Group who have bravely faced their personal blocks and self-doubt in order to make breakthroughs in their battle against Procrastination.  Today’s post is also dedicated to my neighbor Michele, who has given me kind encouragement to keep my blogging efforts going strong.  




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            There’s Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You

            Your dissatisfaction can go now.There’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you.

            I’ve been trying mightily to train myself to let things be.  This is harder than getting a Ph.D. in Psychology y’all since I managed that but still struggle with the other.

            Many life moments have brought this important life step to my attention.  Facing loss, illness, stress, and unwelcome surprises.  Watching some people let things be so magically and watching others spend every spare second figuring out what to worry and stress out about next.  Wanting to get clearer on my own life’s purpose while also trying to reduce any sense of heaviness or burden in it.

            Getting into this as a practice of daily living has been interesting so far.  I have tried to be more mindful of my approach.  Simplicity helps.  Limiting how much I worry helps. Believing everything will be alright helps.

            There’s an essential anxiety about living.  Tension in every moment perhaps.  Fill it or let it be?  So many of us choose to fill, fill, fill.  Letting it be seems like a loser easy way out.

            But there’s the rub.  We’ve been faked out.  We Procrastinators stop functioning because we get scared or frustrated or too busy or freaked out or bored or befuddled or apathetic. We respond to the moment by listening to our feelings about it rather than to the moment and what it calls for.

            So here’s what I’ve been meaning to tell you.  You needn’t worry.  You needn’t struggle to find out the gazillion ways you know this moment doesn’t suit you or isn’t perfect.  Your dissatisfaction can go now.  It might leave slowly, but it can definitely go.  And you can handle what is in front of you.

            And here’s something I’ve been telling everyone I can: listen to the James Altucher podcast, episode number 119 with Michael Singer — The Surrender Experiment.  It’s a great discussion of how to work the letting go and accepting mindset.  Enjoy.

            What do you have difficulty accepting?  Which feelings prevent you from being okay with what is happening around you?  What can you decide to let go of?  Please share some thoughts with us here.  Best wishes to you today.  

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              How the Procrastination Cycle Gets Underway (and How to Break It)


              A Real Path

              There are many paths by which simple Procrastination develops into a full-blown Procrastination Cycle.  Perhaps you know a few of them.

              One avenue by which Procrastination takes hold is the absence of communication. When we are reluctant or unable to speak what is on our minds, we teach ourselves that only we can manage our own distress and that we are voiceless.

              When we start to feel that way, our anxiety begins to escalate and then the stakes seem even bigger, because all of a sudden we become the only person responsible for the outcome of the work we are supposed to be doing.  As our anxiety begins to escalate, we feel confused about how to break away from it.  We begin to focus on calming our anxiety. This draws our focus away from our work.

              As time goes on, we lose the connection between the start of the assignment and the end and we get very lost in the middle space.  We know exactly what needs to be done, can even think of it as being “easy,” but cannot push ourselves to get to the finish line.  The Procrastination Cycle drains our motivation and our spirit for doing our work.

              How did we let ourselves get this way?  How did we allow this cycle of inefficiency and stress to take root?

              Before you begin to answer these questions, please consider that you began your Procrastination Cycle in order to take care of something.  Perhaps you meant to:

              • save someone the trouble of having to help
              • spare someone the time that they would have needed to contribute
              • act like a good kid, a good student, a good employee, a good patient, or a good spouse
              • spare yourself the trouble of communicating to someone who wouldn’t be able to understand you or what you needed

              Perhaps you were going to answer the questions above by responding “I am lazy.”  I want to stop you from doing that.  In all my years of doing this work, I have not found any Procrastinators to be lazy.  They are not lazy because they care, they are motivated, and they are invested.  They may be misunderstood as being lazy, but they are not actually lazy.  But they are trapped. Trapped in the seemingly never-ending cycle of stress-avoidance-stress-avoidance.

              I believe whole-heartedly we all can break the Procrastination Cycle.  The good news is that all it takes is one behavior to break a cycle.  The not-so-easy news is we have to have the courage to change our ways.  We don’t just have to change our actions, we need to change the underlying beliefs we have which tend to keep the Procrastination Cycle in constant motion.

              So if it is a lack of communication that keeps you stymied — communicate.

              So if you feel you need to be a good ____________ all the time, assume you are always good and — communicate.

              So if you think you need to protect someone else’s schedule, decide to let them decide for themselves what they’ll do and – communicate.

              So if you want to unburden someone else of their chores, start focusing on your own burdens, ask someone for help and — communicate.

              You’re really not going to break anyone by talking out loud.  Ever.  What you will get from talking out loud is a sense of what’s going on, how to feel, and how to get going on your way again.  You’ll know just how to get out of your Procrastination Cycle.  Find a real path to your own freedom and take it.

              If you’d like to hear more tips and thoughts on Procrastination and how to break away from it, please consider signing up to receive regular blog posts from me.  You can also choose to join me on Twitter@ChristineLiPhD.  

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                Learn How to Make Accommodations and Adjustments

                AccommodationsA few weeks ago a friend asked me if it was difficult for me to come up with ideas for blog posts.  My immediate response was “No,” but I didn’t have a clear sense at the time why that was my chosen response.

                Sure, sometimes it does feel difficult to come up with exactly the right thing I’d like to communicate.  But most times, I’m just writing about aspects of how I think and act on a daily basis.

                You see, despite being in recovery from chronic Procrastination, I struggle with the impulse to Procrastinate every day. These posts are stories of accommodations and adjustments I’ve learned to make.  I make them instead of getting upset, crazy, distressed, and distorted.

                Now instead of Procrastinating I:

                • call ahead
                • plan ahead
                • write in bullet points
                • leave room and time for error
                • speak up when I need help
                • pay attention if my feelings are alerting me to something I need to handle
                • allow myself to delay a little if I need to get started
                • allow life to be frustrating instead of wondering why it’s not peaches and cream
                • don’t view my Procrastination as something that makes me completely different than everyone else

                How do I make these accommodations and adjustments when my instinct is to throw everything to the wind? I have patience and compassion for myself and my difficulties getting things done.  Those two factors have been a long time coming.

                If you do not have those two factors for yourself, keep reading these posts, keep plugging away, keep on keepin’ on.  Get help, get real comfort, get moving, and make the changes big and small you need to make.

                Remember that no matter how much pressure you might be under, you are the force for change for yourself.  No one else can be the central reason for your growth. Don’t get distracted by what other people have to say about how you do things or what plans you should be making.  Your development will originate from your own energy and your own desires to move forward.  Go forth and prosper.


                Don’t miss this opportunity to work with me in the Open to the Possibilities on-line course. You will receive direct guidance from me on making important, but doable Open to the Possibilitiessteps in order to reduce your need to Procrastinate.   Open up pathways to feeling better and to being more productive in your life.

                The course includes a 31-step guidebook, membership in a closed Facebook group for course members only, and a live webinar with me. Click the image to the left to register for the course today!





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                  The Benefits of Everyday Habits

                  Everyday HabitsMany, many years ago, I spoke about Procrastination to a small group of 17 dissertation students at a major university.  The group was polite, attentive, and eager to learn.

                  Mid-presentation I spontaneously asked the group how many of the 17 were doing their work on a daily basis.  I don’t know why, but I was shocked by their response.

                  Only one of the 17 dissertation students was dealing with her work on a daily basis.  When I asked her what made her behave differently from the rest of the group, she told me and the group that the university, due to a change in guidelines regarding financial support of doctoral students, was taking away her financial backing.

                  Ah-ha.  There was all of a sudden a very large motivating force compelling that student to work on a daily basis.

                  Although I was shocked by the fact that 16 out of the 17 students were not working every day, I shouldn’t have been.  Why?  Because I too, had developed 9,000,001 techniques to avoid working on my dissertation when I was in that very difficult emotional zone of dissertation writing.

                  Since that talk I gave many, many years ago, I have developed the opinion that the only way to push a humongous project (like a dissertation) through to the end is to work on it in a serious manner every day.

                  I am sharing these memories with you in order to encourage you to develop a daily habit with the project that is most important to you, and perhaps the one which is making you Procrastinate the most.  Why should we waste valuable time when we know the answer to faster and greater productivity?  We’ll have way more fun when we are finished (as every single dissertation student who has ever successfully completed a dissertation will attest).

                  The following are a few guidelines and reflections to get you started:

                  1.  You need to be able to distinguish real work from fake work.  When we have in-depth, complex projects to handle, it is easy to manufacture a sense of doing the work, when in fact, we are just passing time.  Make sure you are honest with yourself about whether you are actually focusing on your work, or if you are researching and fussing your way around it.

                  2.  Even 15 minutes a day of real work will be beneficial to your overall productivity. If the idea of working on something every day makes you cringe, know that just 15 minutes a day of real work will give you tremendous payoffs at the end of the day.

                  3.  You will not have to deal with initiation stress as much.  So often the issue with getting down to work is the problem of needing to get past our discomfort with initiating our work.  Once you get into a pattern of daily work, that initiation stress dies down significantly.

                  4.  You will not need to deal with distracting thoughts, events, and people as much. When you train yourself to work on a daily basis, the time you spend working becomes a solid, knowable event in your day.  You will begin to protect that time in your schedule for the work.  As a result, your work will be easier to pay attention to and to develop.  The distracting thoughts, events, and people that are part of your day will have to wait a bit for you to finish your day’s work.

                  5.  You will develop a system of working and a sense of mastery.  What I’ve learned from writing posts week after week (often with a daily writing routine) is the intangible factors involved in getting to my work smooth themselves out when I keep to a daily habit of working.  When you develop your own daily practice, you’ll find the mindset of working is accessible, the materials you need are at hand, and the readiness to produce is there.

                  6.  Your work will actually progress.  This is obvious, no?

                  7.  You will not dread working so much.  Wouldn’t that be great?

                  When you develop a daily productivity habit, you develop a trusted way to make sure you maintain a healthy relationship with your work.  No more complaining, no more obsessing, no more regretting.  More freedom, more productivity, more confidence, more contentment.  Sounds good to me.

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                    Get Creative When You Feel Like Procrastinating

                    Today, I thought I’d model what I sometimes do when I’m feeling unable to follow through with my regular routine.  I have a general expectation for myself that I write and publish at least one blogpost per week.  Some weeks that expectation is a no-brainer to fulfill.  It sometimes can even be pleasurable.

                    Other weeks, for different reasons, the idea of writing something new and (hopefully) interesting makes me want to crawl under the nearest rock.  I may not be feeling focused enough.  I may have other obligations I need to take care of.  I may just be plain not feeling up to it.

                    Generally when I feel like I’d like to delay writing, somewhere, somehow there is a feeling of fear lurking.  It might sound like “this post won’t make a difference to anyone.”  Or it might just as easily sound like “this post might make a difference to someone.”  Either way, I end up feeling some resistance to moving forward.

                    And here’s the part where the drumroll begins and I show you today’s solution to my resistance — some pinnable quotes I got from Pinterest.  Ta dahhhhhh.

                    Feel the Fear


                    Small Steps


                    The Struggle


                    I decided to turn to Pinterest for some inspiration for me and for you. I’m not generally a Pinterest user because I tend to feel dizzy and overwhelmed by all the visual input there and because I think Pinterest might be a little too easy for me to Procrastinate with.

                    But I have been itching to try different things in my posts. So I did something new, got creative, and got going on Pinterest. I found many inspirational quotes I wanted to share, and realized the ones I was drawn to really matched my message about Procrastination and Procrastination recovery.

                    In the process of collecting pins, I forgot to take notes on where the pins originated, and so you’re only seeing a few pins here. Though the results of my efforts were scant, I’m glad I went through this new journey to find another way to create a post.

                    What creative alternative route can you use to sidestep some of your own resistance? Has there been something you’ve been curious about but have not begun to explore?  

                    Use the pinnable quotes I chose to share here to guide you.  You will feel fear, but you can work your way through your fear.  You can take a small step today and the next day to continue making your overall efforts that much stronger. You will feel a twinge of difficulty and struggle (as I did with Pinterest) when you try your new idea, but you can then turn that into part of your new story.

                    Add something to your toolbox for working today.  It might be something you learned on Twitter or Pinterest.  You might use video.  You might do an interview instead of just relying on your own voice.  You get the idea.  Go have fun and try it out now.

                    For further inspiration, I’d like to share a wonderful post by Crystal Moody, who happens to have designed my Procrastination Coach website and logo.  In it she outlines 100 ideas for creativity and productivity.  And she and they are great.  Enjoy.

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