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When is the Best Time to Procrastinate?

By Prof. David Clutterbuck

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Procrastination is typically a repeating cycle with four stages.

Coaches and mentors can help clients break this vicious cycle by firstly helping them to recognise it, then to develop strategies for addressing each stage.

  1. Putting off something we aren’t positively motivated (energised) to do
  2. Feeling guilty
  3. Reduced self-esteem and self-efficacy
  4. Reduced energy, which makes us more likely to put things off…

Coaches and mentors can help clients break this vicious cycle by firstly helping them to recognise it, then to develop strategies for addressing each stage. When people fail to break the cycle, it is often because they address only part of it – so the process continues as before.

In this edition I share some practical approaches for addressing each stage.

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