Are you a reluctant procrastinator? Do you always wait until the last moment to get things done? Do you find you are always putting things off until you can’t put them off any longer? Are your friends, family members, co-workers or colleagues frustrated with the way you tackle projects of any size?
If so, you aren’t alone.
Procrastination is something many people deal with. Although it can be hard – if not impossible – to change overnight, rational self-talk is a great way to stop procrastinating and change your life. Rational self-talk can help turn you from a procrastinator into a doer.
Using Rational Self-Talk to Stop Procrastinating
Rational self-talk is a great way to stop procrastinating because you can talk yourself out of procrastinating the minute you start! The problem for most of us who procrastinate is that it is just the way we do things. We don’t even necessarily think about why we procrastinate. It’s our habitual approach to life, and it’s hard to stop something we have been doing for so long.
Rational self-talk is a great approach to stopping procrastination as it starts because the self-talk occurs in the moment!
Rational self-talk is the practice of responding to your mind’s thoughts as they happen. For example, if you know you have a big project that is in your best interest to start working on today and you self-defeatingly think it can wait until tomorrow, you can stop and remind yourself of all the benefits to get started today.
During those moments when you want to wait until tomorrow, you can use rational self-talk to help yourself not putting off what you really want to be done today. Rational self-talk can stop the irrational, self-defeating dialogue before it gets to the point of being overwhelming.
Many people use affirmations to help with rational self-talk. Affirmations are optimistic, self-helping statements you can use to help you steer clear of procrastination. You have every reason to repeat these affirmations when you feel the urge to procrastinate.
An example of an affirmation that may help you with procrastination may be:
When I have a hard or boring task to do, procrastination will not make it easier. I try to procrastinate about procrastination!
The more actions I take in regard to my problems, to less time and energy I will have to obsessively worry about them.
If I force myself to act more rationally, I may think more sensibly. Giving up procrastinating may encourage me to think more rationally about my life.
Action often generates inspiration; inaction generates more inaction.
Goal setting is fine, but I can find out whether the goal is achievable or whether achieving it will be satisfying only by acting on it.
There are concise statements that can be memorized so no matter where you are when you begin to procrastinate, you can repeat these rational, self-helping statements to yourself. Doing this helps you to talk yourself out of procrastination mode.
As you can see, rational self-talk is a great way to combat procrastination. You can reprogram the way you think when you use your affirmations. If you stop procrastination in its tracks as often as possible, to the very best of your abilities, the habit of doing things when it is in your interest of doing them will soon replace the habit of procrastination.
Once you repeat the process of rational self-talk many times, you’ll be able to combat procrastination, lead a much less hectic life, and the people in your life will most likely thank you for the change in the way you deal with things!
When used effectively, rational self-talk can change your life for the better. So stop procrastinating, and start talking to yourself in a rational, self-helping way!
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