Is Procrastination Stealing Your Dreams? [+ List of Recommended Podcasts]

Procrastination is one of the most common ways we self-sabotage our goals.

I find I procrastinate the most when I’m overwhelmed by how big my goals seem, or when I don’t trust my ability to achieve them.

I know the way to accomplish big goals is to break them down into smaller, more manageable goals until the individual actions feel doable.

I learned from Brooke Castillo of The Life Coach School Podcast and Natalie Bacon of the Design Your Dream Life Podcast that the next step is to schedule all those little actions into your calendar so you know exactly when each step will get done. 

The idea is if you follow what’s on your calendar every day, you almost can’t NOT achieve your goals. 

But if you’re anything like me, breaking down goals into smaller action steps and scheduling them is the easy part. The true challenge is actually doing the action items on my calendar each day.

I did some thought work on this recently and realized what it boils down to is I don’t trust myself to keep my own commitments, to others and especially myself.

Is this you, too? Are you always making to do lists or buying new planners only to stop following through after a couple days?

What I’m learning is that all the productivity hacks and fancy planners in the world won’t help us until we can learn to keep our commitments to ourselves. 

So how can we rewire our brains to trust ourselves to keep our word?

I think it starts with putting just one or two small goals on our calendar, goals that are very simple and almost impossible not to accomplish. When we complete each item, we let ourselves feel the sense of accomplishment and then we say:

“I’m the type of person who keeps her word.”

We keep setting quick win goals, and then slowly add goals that don’t provide such instant gratification. 

Over time, our brains will trust that we will do the things we set out to do, even when the list grows bigger and the scheduled actions become more challenging.

If you’re interested in personal development, I highly recommend both Natalie Bacon’s Design Your Dream Life Podcast and Brooke Castillo’s The Life Coach School Podcast. Both Natalie Bacon and Brooke Castillo are life coaches. Fun fact: Natalie became a certified life coach through The Life Coach School and considers Brooke Castillo a business mentor and role model. You can find links to both podcasts and some of my other favorites here.

Do you struggle with procrastination? What prevents you most from moving forward? Do you have a different system that works for you? Please don’t hesitate to share below. 

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Have a wonderful week.

Kari 

Need more inspiration and motivation? Here’s a curated list of my favorite podcast episodes on procrastination, productivity and tools & tips to accomplishing big goals:

 

The Life Coach School Podcast with Brooke Castillo
Episode 162: Time Management – Procrastination

“Most people never see their dreams come to life because of procrastination. They put off taking action toward what they want because they feel lazy, overwhelmed, fearful, or indulge in any other emotion that’s preventing them from creating something. On this episode, I share some actionable tools and strategies that you can start using today to defeat procrastination, and save you time and precious energy worrying, stressing and mismanaging your time.” – Brooke Castillo

The Life Coach School Podcast with Brooke Castillo
Episode 181: Proactivation

“Pro-active-ation. The opposite of procrastination. On this episode, we take a deep dive into the power of being proactive and the immense benefits that you can expect from planning ahead and taking charge of your life. We explore how you can take the things that you deem “good” about procrastination and apply them in a way that leaves you more time and mental space than you have ever dreamed of.” – Brooke Castillo

Design Your Dream Life Podcast with Natalie Bacon
Episode: How to Find Your Passion and Purpose

“In this episode, I share exactly how you can create more passion in your life and choose the purpose that aligns with your deepest values and desires.” – Natalie Bacon

Design Your Dream Life Podcast with Natalie Bacon
Episode: Best Planning Practices

“All the desire in the world isn’t enough to make something happen. But the right plan? The right plan changes everything. It gets you to where you want to go…In this episode, you’ll learn exactly how to plan the right way.” – Natalie Bacon

The Freelance Writing School Podcast with Heather Deveaux
Episode 23: Planning 

“We make time for the things we care about. So if you are sitting there saying, “I don’t have time to plan,” or “I don’t have time to learn how to become a freelance writer,” then you never will. You need to carve out that time.” – Heather Deveaux

The Freelance Writing School Podcast with Heather Deveaux
Episode 22: Make Room for Success 

“So I want to ask you to take stock of how you are using your time. Are you just filling your day with distractions? Are you doing things to avoid doing other things? Is there something that you’ve been wanting to do but just can’t seem to get up the motivation to get it done? I totally get it. I lived like that for a long time.” – Heather Deveaux

For some, the gap between knowing what they need to do to accomplish their goals and actually doing it is everything. As a virtual accountability partner, I help people struggling with procrastination and overwhelm take the critical steps they need to break the cycle of inaction and move forward with their lives.

12 Comments

  1. arifullahkhan685
    September 7, 2019

    Great words..

    Reply
    1. Kari Watterson
      September 7, 2019

      Thank you so much! 🙂

      Reply
  2. arifullahkhan685
    September 7, 2019

    Time don’t wait for someone so every think done on time is the key for success.

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    1. Kari Watterson
      September 7, 2019

      That is so true. Time will pass whether we act or don’t act. Six months from now, I’d love to look back and thank myself for the actions I chose to take today. Great comment. Thank you!

      Reply
      1. arifullahkhan685
        September 8, 2019

        Welcome…

        Reply
      2. arifullahkhan685
        September 8, 2019

        Welcome

        Reply
  3. Ryan N. Parks
    September 29, 2019

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Kari Watterson
      September 29, 2019

      Hi Ryan, you’re very welcome! Thank you so much for reading!

      Reply
  4. Alison
    October 2, 2019

    I love this 🙂 Mark Manson also says that procrastination is a failure to self-regulate our emotions and I totally agree with him. When I feel myself get nervous or bored before a task I need to do, the easiest way to stop that feeling is to *not* do the task!! Instead I should just sit with that feeling of uncomfortableness, acknowledge it and not let it define my actions.

    I can also recommend the iProcrastinate podcast – http://iprocrastinate.libsyn.com/ it’s no longer active but I found it was really good and its hosted by a Psych professor as well so has more of a research flavour.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Kari Watterson
      October 2, 2019

      Hi Alison! I agree, Mark Manson’s definition of procrastination hits the mark. There’s so much emotion tied to the act of procrastinating which leads to avoidance. I don’t know how many times I’ve told myself, “If I just stopped thinking about it and just did it, it would be done already.” And we could avoid the shame/guilt/anxiety that inevitably builds when we put things off. I like your suggestion to face the feelings head-on so we can recognize them for what they are, manage them responsibly and take the action we need. 🙂

      Oh, and thanks so much for the podcast recommendation! I love podcasts and will definitely check this one out. The more we can learn why we do what we do, the faster we can work on our sticking points. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment, Alison!

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    October 15, 2019

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    November 15, 2019

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