First off, a massive shout out to any athlete/parent out there that understands that procrastination is one of the biggest variables inhibiting their progress and ultimately potential success.
We've all been there, sitting on the couch, watching Netflix saying "uggghhh, I'll just do that later". Heck, I'm guilty of it. However in a world where time is finite and competition is high, procrastination or the inability to act on your intentions in a consistent way may be one of the biggest barriers to success our young generation will face.
The question is, how do you prevent it? How do you "make a move" and create momentum instead of remaining in your dormant comfortable state.
I'm sure there is an algorithm for this, but here is my 4 step process for beating that pain in the ass known as Procrastination
Step #1: Know your Why
Just doing Biology homework isn't usually your #1 Why. For me, swiffering the baseboards and stairs definitely isn't. But for me, my WHY is optimizing the time I have with my family in a clean organized house and I know my wife really appreciates it. On top of that, when I leave for work with a clean house, I am a better coach and professional.
Things that usually are procrastinated on ARE IMPORTANT and sometimes urgent, but quite often not urgent, which allows you to put them off...until they become urgent.
Ask yourself repeatedly why do you want to do something. For example:
Why do you want to get your biology work done: Well because I want a good grade in Bio.
Well why do you want a good grade in Biology: Well I need a high average to go to university
Well why do you want to go to university? So I can become X professional.
Well why do you want to become X professional: ___________ (This usually starts to attach an emotion to your WHY and we are starting to get somewhere)
Step #2: Make a "To Do" List
Simple I know, but go into each day with an objective list and commit specific time blocks to tackle those tasks.
Step #3: Have a support network
In sport its easy, we have our teammates. In school or careers, at times it is tough. Find people around you who will help you stay on track (non judgementally) when you start to sway off course
Step 4: Enjoy your downtime, but don't abuse it.
I'm guilty of the first part of this. Not enjoying my downtime. Often I would sit there after a hard day saying "Well I should do this or that" instead of understanding that I did work hard today and need some relaxation.
Schedule in downtime during your day and commit to it being downtime, but when it's time to tackle that list...get after it.
The pursuit of your dreams goes far beyond what your squat is, how hard you practice or your +/- in the game, it is creating a set of habits and behaviors that create opportunity and space for growth holistically.