As professionals, there is always something new to learn, always something to be doing, always something to be improving upon… We know this, but sometimes, we find ourselves in a comfort zone where we stick to what’s tried and true. We know this leads to complacency, to tired material, to apathetic feelings. Yet, we look at the alternative, which in this context is to thrive and shake it up, and we think “yeah, I should really take that class, I should really work on that, or I should really brush up on that skill.”

The first step to take to stop procrastinating is to eliminate the word “should.”

When we say “I should do xyz” what we’re really saying is “later I will do xyz.” And when later comes, we look back on our broken promise and admit we allowed procrastination to seep in and take over our important tasks.

Second step to take to stop procrastinating is to ask ourselves why we allow it to seep in? Are we bored? Are we tired? Are we lacking the time?

Many situations can keep us from growing as professionals. We can make a list of excuses and line them up for what seems like infinity. Do excuses really help us?

To stay fresh and fulfilled as professionals requires that we step outside the walls of comfort and reach for more. In other words, we have to stop procrastinating and take action on critical personal and professional development steps that will help us further succeed in our roles.

Andy Phillips shares his ideas on how to best break free from procrastination by breaking bad habits in his posting The Quickest Way to Improve.

He suggests writing a list of bad habits, placing them in a bowl, and picking one of them out once a month and not doing the habit. When mastered, he advises to choose another. To gain more insights on his method, check out his website – The Art of Small Improvements.

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