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Try this power move to beat procrastination

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You want to start a podcast.

You’re considering adopting a dog.

You need to buy some sunglasses before summer slips away.

It’s really amazing how creative we can be when it comes to procrastination—there are so many ways we can put off doing things that we actually want to do.

From making major career moves to something as simple as updating your wardrobe, there are always sticking points along the way.

What if I choose the wrong thing?

Why start when the finish line is so far away?

I don’t know how I’ll possibly have the time later if this actually happens. . .

So much procrastination stems from our projections of the future and what it might look like. But, of course, the truth is, we never really know what the future will look like. The only thing we can do is make the most educated decision in the moment with the information we have right now.

How does this translate to achieving our goals?

It means that if you focus on small steps you can take immediately, like, right now, you’ll make incremental progress that eventually adds up to big gains. Inspired by this Fast Company article about the stress-reducing benefits of optimism, we’ll call them “Now Steps.”

As positive psychology researcher Michelle Gielan writes: “A now step is the smallest meaningful action you can take in the face of a challenge. It reminds the brain that your behavior matters as you experience a win from completing it.”

In short: Now Steps will help........

© Fast Company

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