- What do I need to make me stop procrastinating- what is the ideal framework for it to work for me?
- Who is my network can support me in this?
- How is procrastination serving me?
- What is the worst that will happen if I just started it?
- How long do I need to do it?
- On a scale of 0-10, 0 being very low,
- What is the stress level with doing it ?
- What is the stress level with not doing it?
- What is my stress level now?
- What would my stress level be after I start it?
Coaching is a very relevant and powerful way to help make the shift and develop new habits. As coaches we can help our clients successfully move away from procrastination. We can work with our clients to discover and identify what their goals are. We then partner with them in developing their action plan to meet these goals. It is important to set realistic steps that our client can commit to and actually do them successfully. Of course, accountability plays a great role in this coaching relationship. With realistic goals set, our clients will experience positive feelings linked to decision-making, taking action and achievement. As coaches we have to acknowledge our clients for every single little win along the way. This is a way to draw on our clients strengths and apply them to overcome procrastination. It is important to stay mindful throughout the relationship.
We can use a number of tools to support our clients move successfully as they embrace the power of decision. We can use the value game at the beginning to determine if our client is living in fraud or truth. Acknowledgement is very powerful in this case. Application of self management tools, such as discipline, will result in a much empowered client. Coaching is relevant and effective for each and every step described in the self-application tips above.
- How can we support our client explore, define and take the first step?
- How do we introduce discipline? How do we move a client from negative discipline to positive discipline?
- How can we support our client write that 'to-do-list' to make the shift from procrastination to decision?
- What role does accountability play in this coaching situation?
- What other tools can you use to coach your client towards decision making?
Take the first step, you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step!
Martin Luther King
Note to the coach:
Procrastination may be symptomatic of a psychological disorder such as depression or ADHD, in which case clients have to be referred to trained therapist or psychiatrist.
University of Calgary (2007, January 10). We’re Sorry This Is Late … We Really Meant To Post It Sooner: Research Into Procrastination Shows Surprising Findings. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 21, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2007/01/070110090851.htm