OK, we’ve come to the end of the Unprocrastination Month, and you may be asking … what now?
Most of you still procrastinate — and that’s OK. Procrastination isn’t something you eradicate in a month. You may even have some form of procrastination for the rest of your life — I know I do.
But what you have done this month is learn about why it happens and how procrastination works. You’ve learned some methods for overcoming it, including the Pause and the Start. You’ve identified and worked on your Important Tasks this month.
That’s amazing progress. Pat yourself on the back. This month wasn’t a waste.
But now what?
Here’s what I suggest:
- Continue the Important Tasks habit.
- Continue to develop the Pause.
- Continue to develop your awareness of what’s going on. Practice will make you better at all of these skills.
- Every week, or at least once a month, do an assessment. How have you been doing? Have your procrastination habits been creeping back up? Why? What can you do to address them?
- If you assess that it’s a big problem again, spend another month focusing on these habits.
It’s worth your time to keep practicing and periodically assess how you’re doing. Put weekly and monthly calendar reminders so you don’t forget. Commit to reporting once a month on your progress to you group or an accountability partner.
I enjoyed working with all of you this month. Thanks for being in this program.