Done is more fun than perfect

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Of course I know the official slogan is ‘done is better than perfect’. But let’s face it: if you’re a perfectionist, you prefer perfect. Perfect IS better no matter what practical people try to tell you. But… We might be willing to admit that perfect isn’t fun. There comes a point when our effort to make something perfect becomes a … Read More

Conflicting promises

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Too often we promise ourselves things that conflict, without noticing it. “I’m going to take better care of myself this week”. Combined with “Nothing is more important now than reaching this deadline” Guess who gets beaten up in the fight between these promises? Often it’s you. You’ll blame yourself for not reaching one goal, or the other. Which conflicting promises … Read More

Positive psychology against procrastination

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Oh, I’m excited! I’ve just read about new scientific proof that positive psychology works against procrastination. Or, to be more precise: elements of positive psychology can be really effective in dealing with procrastination. Tested on students who procrastinated on studying. Are you still with me? It’s good news, especially for people who doubt they’ll ever be able to deal with … Read More

How to tame your procrastination monster

Angela van SonBlog, Positive Psychology, Productive Thinking, Productivity experiments3 Comments

The next Get it Done Week, starting September 7th, is called “Tame your procrastination monster”. I wondered what would happen if you apply the wisdom of taming dogs to procrastination. Here’s the result, with thanks to There’s some serious wisdom in there. It’s natural and healthy for procrastination monsters to be energetic and alert. It’s not natural for them … Read More

Pair up with somebody who gets things done

Angela van SonBlog, Events, Feelings, Helpful Habits4 Comments

People who procrastinate tend to want to hide it. Many people are ashamed of their non-productive behaviour, and don’t want other people to know about it. Which is very understandable. Unfortunately, it doesn’t help. It might even make it worse. Nobody likes to hide in shame, so the feeling invites distracting activities. Like watching funny clips on Facebook. Or checking your e-mail … Read More

Procrastination is (not) a habit

Angela van SonBlog, Events, Helpful Habits, Productivity experiments5 Comments

Often when you read about procrastination, the writer will say it’s a habit. I tend to disagree. I believe the tendency to procrastinate is (partly) innate.  The part of  giving in to the tendency, THAT’s the habit. Procrastination often functions as a flight mechanism. It takes us away from things we don’t like or things we (unknowingly) fear. An unpleasant task lights up the same part … Read More

My most boring tip against procrastination

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Are you ready for the most boring anti-procrastination tip I can give? Here it comes…. Get enough sleep! It won’t help against ALL forms of procrastination. But it helps against the type of procrastination when both your body and your mind tell you they want you to take it easy. This type of procrastination is often disguised as task aversiveness: not wanting … Read More

Self love against procrastination

Angela van SonFeelings, Helpful Habits, Positive Psychology6 Comments

“Underlying unmet needs are the motivators for the actions we take.” Tamara Laporte talks about shame and guilt, and how these emotions are harmful instead of helpful. She’s not talking about procrastination, but all procrastinators know something about shame and guilt. Usually more than they care for. Low self esteem is a well known contributor to procrastination. It makes people … Read More

The Next “Get it Done Week” starts 4th May 2015

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Join Get It Done Week at Procrastination Coach. Learn how to get unstuck and get yourself into gear. Fab reviews at the bottom of this post:) From Monday to Friday, the daily tasks will help you get your things done AND learn how to deal with procrastination at the same time. We’ll be searching for what works for YOU, there are no … Read More

Is it easy to forget your goals?

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Coaches and trainers work with goals a lot. They ask their clients to: choose goals define them positively make them SMART link them to their personal values Until two hours ago, I thought that all that work on goals would make them difficult to forget. It’s what YOU choose, it’s what YOU want, it’s what YOU put energy into to … Read More

Procrastination is (not) funny

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I put a wink in the title of my new workshop. I did.  And it made me WORRY. Luckily I had a deadline and I had to decide quickly. Otherwise, I could’ve spent hours making the decision. Revising it. Making it again. And revising it again. Decision making is my number 1 procrastination thing at the moment. I’m afraid to … Read More

The History of Procrastination Coach

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I just giggled a lot. My web designer posted my struggle from a black and white website to what I have now, with a slide show of things we said ‘no’ to. As a former historian I totally love this 🙂

My first newsletter, what do you think?

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Sometimes the hard part about controlling procrastination is that you don’t even know you’re doing it… I’ve just returned from a walk outside, on a beautiful, sunny and cold winter day. I’m really proud of myself that I did it before I started my working day. I tend to procrastinate on self care: work first, me later. I know this, … Read More

The scary Pay What You Want model

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I’ve been practically yelling at online friends “Don’t do it” if they suggested they wanted to try out the Pay What You Want model. I’ve heard so many disappointing stories about it, of people who hardly made any money, felt seriously undervalued, or both. Then I read this blogpost by Tom Morkes. He made me curious… So I got thinking. … Read More

How do you design accountability?

Angela van SonBlog, Goal setting and goal keeping16 Comments

I promised myself… Accountability basically means that somebody does what they are supposed to do. In coaching, that something is a promise that people made to themselves: this is what I will do. You don’t need a coach to have an accountability relationship. It can be anybody, provided they are interested in your well being and willing to work with you. How … Read More

Even procrastination coaches procrastinate

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Oh yes, we do. I guess that’s what makes us good at procrastination coaching. We know procrastination first hand. And second hand too 🙂 Making videos – take 1 My most desperate case of procrastination has been creating videos. It started well. I did two, inspired by a course on creating a blooming  business. Actually, the first one was just … Read More

I’m proud to be a coach

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The word coaching gets a lot of rolling eyeballs. And yawns. At network meetings people politely don’t sigh. “A coach? How interesting. I just met 5 other coaches.” The term coaching is used so broadly that you probably can get clip your toenails coaching these days. Yet, I’m proud to be a coach. I think I was in secondary school … Read More

I used to tell myself I didn’t care

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I’ve been working with procrastination for a few years now, but I keep making new discoveries. About procrastination, but also about me. I just had a Eureka moment. I’ve been fooling myself for a long time. Nice and dusty? I used to tell myself I don’t mind a dusty house. I was convinced it was true, until we hired a … Read More