There are some very practical strategies you can use to beat
or at least make a dent in your procrastination. The treatment, however, has to
match the diagnosis. So what you choose as a strategy should fit with what
causes you to procrastinate.
One way to stop the kind of procrastination that protects
against failing or not doing well is to develop the skills you need so you
won’t worry about failing, procrastinate, and put off trying. For losing weight the skill that needs developing could be “doing
without”. When you go about losing weight, you have to do without the kind of
weight gaining food you are used to eating. “Doing without” is indeed a skill.
You might not have thought of “doing without” as a skill. But
it is a skill. What about doing without immediate reward whenever you worked at
a long-term goal? There are probably lots of times in your life when you did
this. In all instance of doing without immediate reward in deference to
accomplishing a long-term goal you had to build the skill of doing without in
situation after situation over time. For example, you had to build the stamina
for enduring, build a new appreciation for sub-goals, and build changes to your
outlook and expectations.
So take heart if you find you’re procrastinating rather than
doing what you need to do to lose your unwanted weight. Discover what is
causing you to procrastinate and then see what a good strategy would be to put
an end to procrastinating.