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I have been performing at a low level recently, and then I had a great session with my coach yesterday, and realized a few things.

 
I was procrastinating, but I wasn’t taking time to examine why I was procrastinating, because I was so busy trying to force myself to work!  I should have taken an hour to examine my thoughts towards the work that’s on my plate right now; which I did yesterday and today.
 
My coach let me know that she spends at least 30 minutes every morning examining her thoughts and getting psyched up, before she starts working.  And here’s the key point: it’s not the same thing every morning.  It’s not a routine or a static mantra.  It’s different every day.  She often starts with doing some writing, to get her thoughts down on paper, and aims to finish by creating an affirmation statement for the day: a battle cry, a declaration of what she intends to accomplish, and why it’s personally important to her.
 
Does 30 minutes seem like a long time to invest, every morning?  Her experience is that the investment more than pays for itself every day, in terms of increased productivity, and maintaining laser-like focus on what’s really important.  I’ve heard this from other productivity experts, too.  Time spent at the beginning of the day, on goals, on preparing one’s frame of mind, is more than repaid: you’ll work smarter and more efficiently.
 
I think this method makes a lot of sense.  Previously, I had developed some static statements that I was reviewing every morning, but they gradually lost their “power” to motivate me.  I think the key is that motivation is a fluid thing, and you have to re-discover your enthusiasm every day.  This approach also has the advantage that you can discover and root out whatever blocks may be driving you to procrastinate at the moment.  Do it in a notebook or blog or never-ending Word document.  Highlight your daily affirmations /battle cries, which will certainly make good reading in the future.
 
-Johnny 0.
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I’ve been working with a life coach for the past 4 months, and together we have achieved amazing things.  We put procrastination squarely in the cross-hairs and pulled the trigger.  She has helped me to discover what was missing from all the tactics and systems that I’ve tried before.  She has helped me to develop new ways of seeing my work, my goals and my life.  I’ve been thriving.  I have accomplished things that I used to wish for hopelessly.  I now look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm!  That’s one of the things that was missing.  Performing at a high level by forcing yourself to work is impossible.  I needed to step back and discover what I really wanted, and WHY I really wanted it, and HOW my daily work would enable me to achieve it.

Connect with your enthusiasm, every day.  I’m not enthusiastic about my (current) job, but I am enthusiastic about something else.  And right now, doing well at my current job is enabling me to achieve that something else.  I connect with the enthusiasm i have for that something else, every day, and it brightens everything else that I do.

But most of all, splurge on a few sessions with a good life coach.  Your investment will be repaid a thousandfold — in increased productivity, and in happiness.

Am I cured?  No, I still struggle with procrastination sometimes, but it doesn’t rule my life anymore.  The struggles are brief, and I know how to win.

-J