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Procrastination – 4 simple ways to postpone it and return to happiness

Procrastination is the mother of all demons and can literally stop you in your tracks from achieving all that you desire.

We’ve all done – wee put off our exercise routine until tomorrow; we continually delay finishing that project or job! So here are 4 effective processes you can use to slay this giant.

1. Do it straight away….NOW

Hold your breath and jump right in! Putting things off until the last minute creates a bad habit and like all habits it is ingrained in our subconscious mind and then difficult to break.

It feels like the normal thing to do to delay or procrastinate but when you start taking action straight away, it may even feel strange or like a forced action…..initially!!

2. Take baby steps

Sometimes we procrastinate because the task may be intimidating or overwhelming. Perhaps, we have no idea to start. In these cases, the best way is to start is by taking one step at a time but make it small.

Say you are preparing a project, of some sort, and for the 5th time this week, you’ve turned on the PC and looked at the blank screen…then you have just remembered you need to do some more research before you begin…you’re still not ready!!

You simply need to break down the project into smaller pieces and tackle each bit separately. Make each task an individual project and after completion of each one, celebrate and acknowledge your achievement.

3. Forget it

Why force the issue? If you have been ‘dragging your feet’ on something for a very long time, it may all be for the best. Maybe, something, someone is trying to tell you something. That something could be your intuition and maybe you need to listen to it.

What are the reasons that you need to complete this task in the first place? Does someone want you to do this? What is THEIR agenda? What are YOUR reasons for this lengthy delay? I find it amazing that 99% of the time I put off doing something, I am thankful that I did!

Disregarding a project after a long period of procrastination is however usually a last resort.

4. Support team

Do you put off tasks because you feel that they are too big and complex for you to handle alone? Or because you need assistance?

Be honest with yourself. “No man/women/them is an island”. Ask for help!

There are so many resources out there that can provide you with all you need to carry out your job. This could be in the form of an assistant, partner, friend or family members. Most of the time if you ask people for help they will.

It could also be in the form of mechanical assistance like a robotic vacuum cleaner, timing functions on the washing machine, dishwasher, oven, or slow cooker. Software or hardware solutions depending on the task especially phone apps!!!

Procrastinating on significant changes could be as a result of fear of the unknown. Get a mastermind group together, find a mentor, join a support group. You don’t have to do it all by yourself.

To ensure that to kick this procrastination habit, you do whatever technique suits well with you. You have already postponed procrastination for a long enough!


Cameron Corish

Cameron Corish has been caring and achieving results for the local Wishart, Mansfield and Mt Gravatt community for over 10 years. Together with the Core Health Coaching Team, he takes a multi-disciplined and holistic approach to health and fitness addressing the physical, mental and emotional aspects of one’s health.  

Ready to feel and look your best?  Come in for a FREE chat and see how we can transform your life.  Call 0406 451 907 or email Cameron at


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