A lot of the reasons that contribute to an individual eventually mastering the art of procrastination, stem from the ability to side step tasks allotted, with convincing attitudes and excuses.
This is often so well done that most people would rather get things done themselves instead of having to go head to head with a seasoned procrastinator and this further enhances the power of the procrastinating individual.
Starting a journal maybe one action that allows the individual to face the procrastinating challenge and with this, acknowledge the hold it has on the individual’s life. The following are some areas that should ideally be covered by the journal to ensure its eventual effectiveness both physically and mentally:
• Starting a journal would require totally honesty on the part of the procrastinating individual. With total honesty, the individual should list down the entire amount of tasks that he or she had consciously avoided or didn’t complete in the past. Nothing should be considered too insignificant and unnecessary; neither should the individual resort to only documenting tasks that were considered a challenge only.
• Once this is done, the procrastinator should note, in a column beside each task, the reason the task was abandoned or not completed to date. Documenting this reason, will give the individual a chance to considered the relevancy of the excuse used, to avoid doing or completing the task. Only then will the individual be able to understand the extent he or she is willing to go to avoid the task.
• Once this is acknowledged, the individual can then move on to actually documenting every task eventually carried out and completed as they unfold. This is a very good motivating tool, especially when the individual begins to tackle more tasks as the confidence levels grow and the procrastinations decrease.