Is Procrastination A Problem For Your Recovery?

By sgaba 01/11/18
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A common form of self-sabotage for those in recovery is to put off things that need to be done as well as avoid or slow down progress. Procrastination is a normal human behavior, but it is getting in the way of your recovery, there are some important steps to take to minimize this behavior and step up on your path to leading a clean and sober life.

Make a List and Prioritize
Sometimes, what looks like procrastination is just being overwhelmed with too many things to get done and no plan in place. Start by making a list of all you need to do. Then, number the items from the most important to those that are less important.

Set Deadlines
Once you have a list, you have a plan or a map. Set specific deadlines for each item on your list that is reasonable. Keep the list with you on a phone or a piece of paper and hold yourself accountable to completing the items by the given deadline.
Not only will this help you to stay organized and not procrastinate, but it will also provide a great sense of self-accomplishment as you check each item off.

Accountability Help
Consider involving a trusted person in your support network as your accountability person. These individuals need to be supportive and encouraging, but also be able to help you to stay on track with your plan.
In some cases, they may also let you know when you are trying to do too much. By overcommitting yourself, you may start to become discouraged. For this reason, it is better to start out slower and be successful. Then, add more tasks as your confidence increases and you become more motivated.

Finally, remember that the first priority in preventing procrastination is to start taking action. It doesn't have to be big, but by setting a task and getting it done, you have already won the battle, and you can continue to build on this until you have won the war.

Sherry Gaba, LCSW and Certified Recovery Coach. Join Sherry's Wake Up Recovery tribe at Check out her book, "The Law of Sobriety: Attracting Positive Energy for Powerful Recovery"

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