Procrastination

A Special Application

 

"Give up on yourself. Begin taking action now, while being neurotic or imperfect, or a procrastinator or unhealthy or lazy or any other label by which you inaccurately describe yourself. Go ahead and be the best imperfect person you can be and get started on those things you want to accomplish before you die." -- Shoma Morita, MD

 

Taking Action: Finishing the Unfinished (and Unstarted)

A distance learning support program to help you move forward on an unfinished project
May - June, 2014

Register for Taking Action Distance Learning Program to gain tools on conquering procrastination

Sleeping man needs help to overcome procrastination by taking the ToDo Institute's 30-day Taking Action Program Do you have something important that remains unfinished? Here’s a chance to turn your plan into reality. The Taking Action program gets to the heart of procrastination. The ToDo Institute offers a 30-day distance program to help participants make real progress on an unfinished project. Using methods from Japan, including Morita Therapy and Kaizen, this distance learning program will help you move forward with an unfinished project, while providing exposure to strategies and tools that can be used in the future as well. In this program you will have the support, encouragement, and guidance you need to overcome practical and psychological obstacles and accomplish something that becomes part of your life and legacy. Whether you're still in the idea stage, or stuck somewhere along the way, you can expect to make real-life progress during the program.

Visit the Taking Action page for more information or call (800) 950-6034 | (802) 453-4440.


The ability to get things done and overcome procrastination is one of the most important skills to master if you wish to live well and maintain good mental health. Some of us stay very busy with constructive activities, while never getting around to the things we consider truly important, the things that will make us most proud and from which we can derive the deepest satisfaction. It takes both thoughtful reflection and deliberate action to navigate successfully through all of the urgent business of life that calls out to us, tugging us to the left and to the right. If you have a tendency to procrastinate, take heart.

Morita Therapy offers principles and practices that address procrastination head on. We have developed a rich collection of resources that can help, related to the following themes: clarifying purpose, coexisting with feelings, distinguishing between important and urgent, goals and priorities, self-discipline, getting started, taking risks, how we change, accomplishments, obstacles, taking action, and breaking habits. We invite you to explore our site and begin to live the life you dream of living.

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“ Nearly everyone I know (including me) believes they should be more self-disciplined. And one very simple definition of self-discipline is “doing what you know you need to do.” This is where Morita therapy can be very helpful, because it eliminates the complexity of trying to get your feelings/thoughts in sync with your actions. How do you feel when you get out of bed in the morning? I almost always feel tired, lethargic, heavy, sluggish. When I get out of bed (usually around 5:30am) I virtually never feel energetic and raring to go! But I take my feelings of tiredness and sluggishness with me as I leave my bed and walk to the bathroom. This is what Morita therapy is trying to teach us – to take our unpleasant feelings with us as we do what is important to do. Rather than allow our lives to be directed by our feelings, we are guided by the important purposes that present themselves as we move forward. Feelings don’t get discarded, but neither do they run the show." -- Gregg Krech

The Fine Art of Not Getting Things Done (click the play button below for video)

 

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Articles From the ToDo Institute’s Resource Library

Japanese Psychology and Purposeful Living

Spinning wheel needs to stop procrastinating and take action now.

Procrastination Disguised as Busyness

In this article, Gregg Krech writes about how we sometimes avoid doing what needs to be done by distracting ourselves with "busyness." He writes, "We keep busy, convincing ourselves that we are productive and hard working. Our failure to do what is important is disguised as busyness."
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Dozing man is procrastinating

Facing the Demons of Inaction:
Morita Therapy as a Resource for Moving Forward

In this article, Gregg Krech draws on personal experience to illustrate how Morita Therapy can be utilized to coexist with fear, anxiety, indecision, and perfectionism and allow one to overcome procrastination and get things done.
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When Plans and Reality Collide: The Tale of Victoria’s Garden

Although the garden that Victoria tends today holds great meaning for her and others, the process of creating it was far different from what she had envisioned. At a critical point, despite her transcendent vision, she is forced to redesign her plan to meet the changing circumstances of the situation. Life rarely conforms to our plans for the future, at which point we must overcome procrastination and attachment to our ideas and meet the needs of the situation.
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Editorial: The Responsibility for What We Do Not Do

We fool ourselves into thinking we are living a life of integrity simply because we lack a culpable action. Though our culpability is invisible, we still must accept responsibility for what we do not do--particularly when we know, in our hearts, that something must be done, must be said. Whether out of fear or just plain procrastination, we must accept responsibility for what we do not do.
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Defeating the Demons of Inaction: Indecision

From The Concise Little Guide to Getting Things Done

When we are confronted by indecision, we need to move forward despite our doubts or confusion. We need to move forward, even if we’re only taking small steps. Those steps, regardless of which direction they go in, are likely to give us new information and experience. Our actions send ripples into the world. The situation may change or reveal itself in a new way once we have moved to a new vantage point.
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month-long program
September 19 - October 18, 2013

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month-long program
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The Stress of Not Getting Things Done

From The Concise Little Guide to Getting Things Done

There is no substitute for “accepting my feelings” (of laziness or boredom, or anxiety, or whatever happens to appear), “knowing my purpose” and then “DOING IT.” My stress is relieved almost from the moment I start, and I go to bed that night often satisfied at my ability to overcome my tendency towards procrastination and accomplish my goals.
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Purpose is Responding to What Needs to Be Done

As I continued to apply what I learned, I gained a new perspective on the meaning of purpose. It was no longer confined to “what I would really LIKE to do with my life,” or “what SHOULD I be doing with my life” but rather it became much broader, more inclusive, and more immediate like “what needs doing now?” This new meaning demanded that I pay attention to my surroundings and notice the ripple effects of my actions as well as my tendency to procrastinate and put things off.
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Just Doing It

I spent very little time [with my students] dealing with the murky causes of procrastination. We approached the problem from the standpoint of what we can control (behavior) and what we cannot (feelings) based on a method of Japanese psychology called Morita therapy.
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Take the Next Step...and See What Happens

Unless I take the first action step, the journey doesn’t begin.... In reality, all I need [to be a writer] is a ballpoint pen and a place mat or the back of a dry cleaning receipt... and the faith to stop procrastinating and take that first step in crafting an essay or article.
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Seven Strategies for Taking Action When You Don’t Feel Like It

Usually getting stuck involves a set of feelings which acts like mud locked around our [automobiles’] wheels. Such feelings include confusion, boredom, fear, anxiety, depression, dislike of the task, or laziness. When we find that we’re stuck, we’re faced with the challenge of getting unstuck and taking action. Morita Therapy and Naikan are two methods of Japanese psychology which offer specific methods and strategies for getting out of the mud.... Here are seven strategies that might help you end procrastination and take action the next time you find yourself stuck....
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“To control our destiny, we need to harness our will, to do not what we like, but what is in our long-term best interest. If the will is strong enough, anything can be accomplished; if the will is weak, very little. In every endeavor, it is the man or woman with an unbreakable will who excels.”
Eknath Easwaran

Concise Little Guide to Getting Things Done

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Book Concise Little Guide to Getting Things Done helps with procrastination

“This is a rare read -- not one more guide to ‘getting more done’ but rather a handbook for first, carefully deciding on your life purposes, and next, ‘doing’ what needs to be done to make these dreams reality. I recommend this book to anyone who longs to stop frittering time away.”
Sarah Quigley, author of The Little Book of Courage

“At last!-a helpful antidote to all those motivational books and tapes. Forget motivation, which is just a feeling you can’t control. Turn instead to this practical book, which suggests many specific behaviors to get more done.”
Linda Hoag, MFT, School Counselor

“The Concise Little Guide is a little gem-full of uncommon and everyday wisdom. If you’ve ever felt ‘stuck’ or overwhelmed by life’s endless list of things to do, keep this book handy!”
Dixie Griffin Good, President, The Public Good, Inc.

 

One Small Step Can Change Your Life

Book One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer, Ph.D.

by Robert Maurer, Ph.D.

This book may help you devote just 30 seconds to a new habit or skill, for example, something you might ordinarily consider to be trivial or even silly. Maurer helps us to recognize the power inherent in these humble efforts. Start the ball rolling on a path of small steps and you may be shocked to see where it leads.

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Thirty Thousand Days

Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal for Purposeful Living

Thirty Thousand Days arrived and after spending some time reading the articles, I must say that you have outdone yourselves. The journal looks great, the articles are terrific and the paper even feels good. Congratulations!”
Dan Lucas, Arlington, VA

“What an OUTSTANDING issue! I devoured it cover to cover and found each and every article inspiring, humbling and informative. It is a real pleasure to continue receiving this fabulous publication.”
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