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Understanding the Psychology of Procrastination and Overcoming It

Procrastination is defined as the act of “putting off or delaying an action to a later time.” Most people know the term procrastination and have been guilty of this behavior at some point. Unfortunately, procrastination is not an effective coping behavior. The most severe cases of procrastination can result in strong feelings of guilt, compromised productivity, anxiety, disapproval from others, and in the end, much more stress. Of course the idea of all this negativity is worrisome to the anxious personality—in fact, it may drive he or she into even further procrastination.

What can be done about procrastination? It largely depends on whether it is considered a temporary defense, a self-limiting condition or even a behavioral disorder. Everyone does experience some episodes of procrastination. Thankfully, they are able to identify this behavior and overcome it by setting some goals, and some even might incorporate others in the mix to help them follow-through.

What really prevents you from taking action and making necessary changes in your life? Do you have a bit of a perfectionist streak? This is a common cause of procrastination, and is not a reason for concern. Do you tend to negatively evaluate your own performance as well as the outcome of an endeavor? Examine your surroundings…are you surrounded by hobbies, personal achievement records and completed books? Doesn’t this evidence prove that you can accomplish something if you set your mind to it? All most people need is a little help to get moving in the “right” direction.

Overcoming procrastination will always involve taking action—whether it is action coming from you, or from the help of others. Take action now, start living, and enjoying the life that you really want. You can do almost anything you set your mind to achieve.

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    Anne Bachrach

    Anne M. Bachrach is known as The Accountability Coach™. She has 23 years of experience training and coaching. The objective is to work less, make more money, and have a more balanced life. Anne is the author of the book, Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule!, and Live Life with No Regrets; How the Choices We Make Impact Our Lives. Go to http://www.accountabilitycoach.com/landing/ and get 3 FREE gifts including a special report on 10 Power Tips for Getting Focused, Organized, and Achieving Your Goals Now. Join the FREE Silver Inner Circle Membership today and receive 10% off on all products and services, in addition to having access to assessments and resources to help you achieve your goals so you can experience a more balanced and successful life (http://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/).

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    • In my opinion, overcoming procrastination is really tough to overcome. It takes a lot of determination and discipline to do so.

      On the other hand, I agree with the idea that the things that we accomplished can serve as inspiration in our journey to change.
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    • Procrastination is an inherited trait, once identified the individual is able to handle it better. All individuals with this trait have a hard time moving their goals forward. They also dislike anything that is repetitive and therefore put off doing the paper work or maintaining the same project over and over again.

      The face is the template to our inner blue print. When we identify the “why” people are the way they are, they are better able to handle procrastination. The perfectionist trait is something very different and can be seen in the shape of the eye. It does not indicate procrastination. For more information go to http://www.naomitickle.com. The system I use has been well researched and is a more scientific approach to understanding human behavior, all based on the physical features of the face. This is not an intuitive reading, I like to work with a more proven scientific method.

    • Procrastination is not a disorder, it is an indication of how our brain is wired. Once this has been identified through Face Pattern Recognition, individuals with this trait learn how to better understand and work with their procrastination. The relationship between facial structure and personality has been well researched. I have personally worked with thousands of people from all over the world. All have confirmed my observation. Does the trait go away, no. Cosmetic surgery does not change the behavior. It is a part of the DNA. The answer for the procrastinators is short lists, short term goals and deadlines. Then they get things done. Long lists and plans that are 1 or 2 weeks out are just that, there is no urgency.


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