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How Can I Fight the Procrastination Beast?

Procrastination hits everyone at some point. Putting off challenges can seriously derail your efforts at recovery. There are many ways to get back on track. Try these five tips to get started.

Break Up Goals

Recovery is the best place to take things one step at a time. Wanting to be sober forever is admirable, but not necessarily a long-term goal that will last unless you stop procrastinating on those short term goals. Recovery is made up of many little steps such as attending weekly meetings, writing in a journal, or learning to understand your feelings (which affect cravings).

Set Up for Success

When it comes to making progress towards goals, work with natural strengths and abilities. If you’re a morning person, schedule appointments immediately. Cravings at night or when you’re bored can keep you from staying on your health goals. Keep healthy snacks on hand and plan to use this time to squeeze in a workout.

Time Audit

If schedules feel busy, try doing a time audit. Spend a week writing down everything you do, including sleeping, watching TV, spending time on social media, and handling household chores. Look for ways to cut out time wasters, or multitask. Delegate or outsource the less important parts of your schedule. When you feel rushed, it will help you focus on recovery.

Progress, Not Perfection

Recovery is about making steps toward a clean and sober life, even with mistakes along the way. Don’t fear failure because it can help you learn and grow. Attend group meetings, make a healthy lifestyle part of your daily routine, and focus on healing your mind, body, and soul from addiction.

Ask for Help

Fighting addiction often seems overwhelming because it is chronic and seems never ending. You cannot ‘will yourself’ to get better, no matter how hard you try. You need access to a proven addiction treatment plan. What will help you focus on recovery will be to let go of procrastination and see the ultimate goal. Sobriety and recovery are the only thing that matters, so don’t lose sight of that. Seek help from others who understand addiction and loved ones who will provide the help you need.

Procrastination can cause you to struggle in recovery. If you are not sure how to keep going in recovery, call us. We can help you shift your perspective with our programs and services here to support your recovery from addiction. We will help you find what you need. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964