Let me be the first to say that cutting ties with procrastination is literally like ending a relationship — you know that you don’t need it yet it’s hard to break away.

I’ll admit it…I am a former serial procrastinator. I’d put things off until hours before a deadline. I felt that as long as the tasks were completed, it didn’t matter how stressed I was trying to beat the deadline. I’d ace my tests, I was praised for my efforts, but I was pulling my hair out strand by strand (figurately speaking — kinda)

After a while, the procrastination caused me to miss deadlines. Whatever deadlines I did hit, the results weren’t “Dana Reese” material. I was allowing grief to settle into my life and procrastination was the culprit.

Time chunking and time management techniques were great, but they were temporary. At the time, I didn’t understand that the issue was that I wasn’t getting to the root of the problem.

After years of coping with the stress that my last-minute lifestyle produced, I decided that I finally had enough.

It was time to break up with procrastination.

During the breakup, I learned that the distractions that I thought I needed to incorporate into my day were actually the gas that was being used to fuel the fire of my procrastination.

I paid attention to the pain they caused me instead of only the temporary immediate pleasure that it offered to me. I envisioned the person that I wanted to be and the life I want to live and made a vision board to remind me of her. Eventually, the urges attacked me but this time, I was ready; I was able to fight the desires to run back to the comfort that these petty distractions provided for me.

In my journey, I realized that being uncomfortable in my growth wasn’t as bad that I thought — that the best things happen when I’m in a state of discomfort. I realized that I didn’t need the comfort that my distractions provided for me.

To my surprise, after years of living in a state of procrastination, I was finally able to break the chains that my distractions kept me bound in. One step at a time, I became the person that I wanted to be.

I’m still a work-in-progress. I find myself running late occasionally (hey, I have two kids…it happens) and yes, I do have the occasional slip-up when it comes to falling victim to a distraction (but I snap out of it fairly quickly), but I’m no longer that serial procrastinator and ahhh…life is so much better this way!

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  1. Good read! Procrastination is my worst enemy but everyday I work at by trying to better myself and changing my mindset to just get up and go and not allowing my mental to take hold of my day that is my biggest challenge. Like you said we are a work in progress!!!!

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