People who struggle with "procrastination" have one common trait: Their mental to-do lists usually are VERY cluttered. Out of focus. Unattractive. Everything and anything is overwhelming due to the mind's clutter. And probably clutter in their physical space.
Here's an example of this: your preschooler empties all of his toys on the floor in his room. You tell him to go and pick them up. What happens? He probably argues (if he's like my kids), then he goes in and looks around. He doesn't know where to start. He picks the object that captures his attention first and tosses it in the toy bin. He picks up a few more and then BOOM! He's distracted by another object, starts to play with it and totally forgets what he's supposed to be doing! That is the "mind" of most procrastinators.
Then there are the high achievers... those who immediately act on good ideas... those who seize the day... they do not experience procrastination. Why? Their mental to-do lists are so attractive looking... so clear and in focus... they feel wonderful just thinking about the tasks they have to do and energetically take action.
"A place for everything and everything in its place" is how they organize their mind (and space) to harness it's power and maximize effectiveness.
Take 15 minutes and think about what is holding you back from taking action. Is it clutter on your desk? No written to-do list? Or the inability to identify what needs to be done in what order which will help declutter your mind?
Once you identify what's holding you back, take a another 15 minutes and decide how you can solve the issues. Do you need to delegate? Have a better filing system? Spend a day, go through the piles of stuff on your desk and throw away items that are not essential? Do you need a "today" bin where you place everything you need for "today's" work? Do you need to resolve to clean your desk off before leaving your office for the day? Do you need to learn how to say "NO" to activities that don't serve your best interests or intentions?
Clutter, whether in our minds or in our physical space, can hold us back from truly sharing our gifts and genius. Spend 15 minutes in the morning and again before you leave your office for the day organizing and prioritizing your "stuff". You'll be excited to start work the next day on the things that truly matter. When you declutter and streamline your office, you'll find that it declutters and streamlines your thinking and mindset as well.