Guess what the researchers said the biggest factor was in procrastinating?
Temptation. Literally, in the study they implied it was about how many distractions there are around you.
And that’s exactly why it’s getting worse.
“It’s easier to procrastinate now than ever before. We have so many more temptations,” the researcher said. “It’s never been harder to be self-disciplined in all of history than it is now.
The curse of having options.
The amount of other decisions and shiny objects there are around us is the BIGGEST factor in whether or not we procrastinate – not laziness, not being tired, not being confused.
Having too much stuff we could potentially do… and not knowing what’s the most effective thing we should do.
Many of my own students and clients have jumped from guru to guru or book to book, trying to figure out what works for them.
But they aren’t quite sure what really works in the long run, so they just keep changing things up. The problem is that they often don’t stick with one plan, book, or person long enough to actually see any results. If you’re looking to lose the last 10 pounds in the next 1-3 months, sorry, it usually doesn’t work out that way.
And so they go on to the next person. And the next one. And the next one.
And then this constant hopping patterns occurs. They don’t see results fast, so they go onto the next person. But the problem is that we lose one of the most important things that is critical to achieving goals: momentum!
Here’s the fix.
Here’s how I made a quantum leap in my anti-procrastination habits:
Pick ONE person… and just follow them religiously.
Just do what they say.
And follow this one person based on a few factors:
They have what you want. This person should be a fit person if you’re looking to be more fit.
They have coached people to get what you want. The second scenario here is that the person should have coached people to get what you want – the more specific, the better, so they know your situation well before you ever step into the door.
Their philosophy makes sense to you. Besides the results they get their clients and students, when you read what they have to offer – does it just make sense to you?
Don’t deal with someone who deals with theory all day in some university.
So think of it like this: You have all these options.
You’re getting ten emails a day from different health gurus.
There are fifteen health books you’ve read this year.
Now here’s what you do…
DELETE all of them except the one you are going to follow.
Seriously, delete every single email and focus on just one, and then take their advice. And apply it religiously. Then be patient.
Doesn’t it feel better already?
No more “top 10 tips” to follow. Just one.
No more “top 15 gurus” to follow. Just pick one.
When there is just ONE, you are going to do it. Stop following all these people and all the irritating distractions.
When there is ONE, there is less stress.
When there is only ONE thing to do, procrastination magically goes away.
Your Tiny Habit For Today
Pick one strategy, one book, one person, one coach, and just go DEEP with them.
Stop jumping from strategy to strategy, stop going from atkins, to intermittent fasting, to paleo, to something else. Pick one thing, go deep, commit, and stay patient.
If you haven’t seen results, stay on the plan for an entire year. Then see where you are.
If you’re constantly overwhelmed and procrastinating, you’re trying to do too much.
Delete and unsubscribe from all the other email lists and philosophies.
Just pick one.
And watch what happens to your results.
How do you personally deal with procrastination? Share it below.