This is a continuation of Seeking Balance in Overcoming Procrastination.
Set smaller goals. These smaller tasks can be done one by one, eventually reaching the target of your highest goal. Link rewards to these smaller goals for added power. For example, a student may reward himself with ten minutes of a video game after each homework assignment rather than trying to do homework for five courses at one sitting.
“The mind of man plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.” Prov. 16:9
Avoid rationalization. Procrastination often comes with excuses to defend our non-action. Take responsibility and focus on the task at hand.
“The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion outside;
I will be killed in the streets!'” Prov. 22:13
Resist labeling yourself. Labels can make you feel helpless like a victim. “Procrastinator,” “lazy,” “do-nothing,” are labels worth removing from your vocabulary.
“Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” II Cor. 5:16-21
Change unhealthy thought patterns. Increase your awareness of how your thoughts in the present contribute to your problematic feelings and behavior in this area. For example, if you repeatedly return to thinking pessimistically that “I cannot read such a long book” or “I will never finish this project,” it will undermine your potential achievements. Instead, adapt an “I can if I choose to do so” attitude.
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Phil. 4:8
Next Week we will conclude Seeking Balance in Overcoming Procrastination.