Are you a person that puts everything off until tomorrow? Are you a I will do it later person? Then you may have what is stopping many individuals from finding their purpose, finding their passion, and changing their lives. What you may have is Procrastination. Procrastination can be a constant and consistent pattern, causing us to put off not just with things we don’t feel like doing but also the things we’re passionate about.
Procrastination is another man made disease. No one is born with procrastination and this is even for those of you who were born one or two weeks late. But procrastination can kill you. It really can. It can hold you back and lead toward a slow, steady decline instead of the constant and consistent growth that you know you’re capable of but do nothing about.
So how do you overcome procrastination? It’s really simple. One of the first things to do is realize that everything in life is a marathon and not a sprint. But we also have to realize that there are ways to make the rewards of not procrastinating more immediate. A excellent way to do this is to temptation bundling. Simply put, the strategy suggests that you bundle a behavior that is good for you in the long-run with a behavior that feels good in the short-run.
How to Create Your Temptation Bundle
Here is a simple exercise you can do to develop you temptation bundling strategy.
I want you to create a two column list:
- In column one, write down the things that you enjoy and the temptations that you want to do.
- In column two, write down the tasks and behaviors you should be doing, but often procrastinate on.
Then I want you to connect your instant gratification behaviors with the things you should be doing. The one that works for me is:
- Exercising while listening to music, podcast, or audio-books.
Temptation bundling offers a simple way to accomplish these tasks that are always important, but never feel urgent. By using your guilty pleasures pull you in, you make it easier to follow through on more difficult habits that pay off in the long-run.
Stop procrastinating with your life. Everyday you put something off, everyday you are lazy, you are wasting the day that could change your life. Everyday should be an action day not a procrastination day.Get in the habit of doing positive things that can change your life for the better, take action, solve problems, create something new about yourself. Stop postponing things, Do It Now.