Don’t Procrastinate—Talk to Yourself

We all procrastinate sometimes. But I think there are two kinds of procrastination—positive and negative.

An example of positive procrastination is when you legitimately need (and make the most of) a little extra time to gather your thoughts. Negative procrastination is usually based on flimsy excuses to avoid doing something  now.

“Production Before Perfection” is my solution to negative procrastination: It’s all about self-talk and encouraging yourself. If you are guilty of negative procrastination, it may mean you are fearful of failure and not confident in your ability to succeed. Sometimes the only way to manage your emotions is to ignore them and keep pushing through to achieve what you need to do: Go as far as you can see, and then you’ll see farther. Talk to yourself.

This concept has the power to nip procrastination in the bud. You don’t have to understand all the details between where you are and where you want to go. Encourage yourself, make corrections along the way, and you’ll reach your goal. Go ahead. Time is wasting!

Take a look at why people delay, along with ways to short-circuit the damaging behavior in yourself and others.


Tony Jeary is an author, executive coach and presentation strategist. Jeary has published more than three dozen books about making presentations and strategic effectiveness. He coaches the world's top executives from companies such as Wal-Mart, Ford, New York Life and Texaco.

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