Now that you know more about what procrastination is and how to overcome it, you may be thinking about making some changes in your life. Don’t worry though: as this webbook proves, you’re not alone in your struggles. Millions if not hundreds of millions (billions?) of people struggle with procrastination, and there are a ton of resources out there (just like this site) that can help you delve deeper into your problem. There are also tools out there, such as software and other programs, that can help you work to conquer your procrastination habit by helping you structure and organize your time and your efforts. This article is a listing of some of the best procrastination cures and solutions out there by category:
Anti Procrastination Software
There is actually great software out there that can help you manage your time and crush your procrastination habit for good.
My favorite is The Action Machine (check it out here). This program lets you schedule blocks of time during your day where you do particular activities that you can save to your list and set to a certain time limit. Check out this image for a better description:
As you can see in the image, you can block out particular time amounts and then set the ‘timer’ when you are actually doing those activities. When the timer hits 0 for a particular activity, you stop doing it and move on to the next one. This is a great way to help you focus on your task at hand, as multitasking is one of the biggest problems that procrastinators face. Using the Action Machine will help you take control of your day and give you a central ‘home base’ to allow you to become more productive. (Or, perhaps in some cases, productive PERIOD!)
There might be other anti-procrastination software out there, some similar to the Action Machine, while others more oriented towards to-do lists and “get it done” programs (which I discuss in a chapter of this webbook). However, I believe that the above program is really all you need to actually get stuff done. The problem with a lot of these programs and to-do list software thingamajigs is that managing the program itself can become a full time job. The programs that you use to raise productivity should not themselves require a ton of work and effort to use and maintain, otherwise they themselves become like full-time jobs. The programs you use should be relatively unobtrusive, and The Action Machine fits this bill.
The Best Anti Procrastination E-books and E-Courses
If you are looking for some digital information in the form of e-books and e-courses on how to overcome procrastination, check out some of the following:
- Lee Milteer’s Habit Busting Secrets – This is one of the more popular courses out there for breaking the habit of procrastination. As a special bonus, the information contained in this CD-program can be used to break any other negative habit that may be weighing you down.
- Procrastination Pro – This is another 21- day system, similar to the one above, though this one focuses primarily on procrastination. It’s at a lower price point than Lee Milteer’s system, but it can still get the job done for you.
I haven’t found any good procrastination videos yet, though I may plan on creating a procrastination video course if there’s enough demand for one! Leave a comment or contact me if you’re interested in this possibility.
The Best Overcoming Procrastination Books
The time honored resource for tips on how to stop procrastinating has to be the anti-procrastination and self-help/improvement books. There are tons of these books out there, but perhaps my favorite has to be The Procrastination Equation. Piers Steel does an admirable job breaking down the habit of procrastination into an ‘equation.’ Once you know and understand how this equation works, you can make changes in your own life to help you reduce or eliminate this bad habit.
Of course, there are many other overcoming procrastination books out there, almost too many for me to review and name. Here are some more of my favorites, though I don’t have the time (yet) to give full reviews of the books:
- The Now Habit, by Neil Fiore, is a great practical advice book. It teaches you the “Unschedule” – the basic idea behind it is that you schedule in your ‘fun time’ first before you schedule in your work. This radical solution may sound strange, but Fiore makes it make tons of sense when you put it into practice.
- The Procrastination Workbook – If you’re looking for something that you can carefully work through, step by step, than this anti-procrastination workbook by William Knaus and Albert Ellis can be what you’re looking for.
- Self-Discipline in 10 Days, by Theodore Bryant, is a great book if you’re worried about your discipline in general. Procrastination problems are, in some sense, problems with self-discipline, so this book can give you a 10-day program to analyze, attack, and overcome your issues in this area.
A great idea to help you work through this information is to buy a journal and record your thoughts daily. Some of these books will recommend that you create such a procrastination journal, but even if they don’t, I think this is a great idea. You can use it to write down the ‘triggers’ for procrastination habits, the activities you do, your feelings during the time, and the things you did to help break the cycle.
Note that there are truly A TON of books out there dedicated to overcoming procrastination, so if these three books and the other resources here don’t satisfy you, I’ve taken the liberty of searching Amazon.com for ‘procrastination’ – click here.
Procrastinators Anonymous: Support Groups and Coaches
Sometimes what we need to break our habits and stop procrastination is not more information but support from others who may be going through the same things. That’s why support groups and other organizations can really help people to change – they get both information (guidance) from experts and others who have gone through these trials, advice that is tailored to the individual’s own situation.
Of course, perhaps the best is Procrastinators Anonymous. You can join the site and find out about local meetings, read articles, and join the forum to discuss these issues with other members.
You may also consider forming your own procrastinators’ support groups, either online (such as on a website, blog, or forum of your own) or offline in your local area. I can almost guarantee that if you advertise such a group in your local town, that you’ll receive a great response from others in your position. You can hold workshops, meet-ups, and other activities to help people learn about the procrastination habit and come up with strategies to change. This is simply because probably everyone needs help with procrastinating, and with 20% of people who label themselves as “chronic procrastinators,” you’ll have plenty of participants!
I have no recommendations yet about good procrastination coaches. I may be considering setting up my own “anti-procrastinator” coaching business, so if you’re potentially interested in that, contact me or leave some comments below! The problem with coaching, though, is that it’s often way too expensive for what you really ‘get’ out of it. I understand that some people may learn better from a person than a book, but it might pay to exhaust all other options before you resort to a coach. The best value you can get from a coach, probably, is the accountability – the coach will pressure you and ‘force’ you to change, simply by peer pressure and the constant ‘check -ins’ you’ll get from him or her.
One Final Note
For some people, procrastination is less a behavioral issue and more a medical problem. If your procrastination habit is debilitating you to a severe degree in multiple areas of your life, you may have a more serious issue that can’t be addressed through books and courses. In this case, you may want to seek chronic procrastination treatment from a medical professional, such as a medical doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist.