Do you have a problem with procrastination? Do you tend to doubt yourself, allow anxiety to take over, become overwhelmed by the demands in your life, and then put things off so that you don’t have to face them?

Do you wish you could begin to take life on and approach what needs to get done with confidence?

If you answered “Yes!” to any of the questions above, then stay tuned . . . because today, I’m going to share with you five simple steps that will help you to break through procrastination and take life on, starting now.

Often, in life, we get stuck in a pattern of overwhelming defeat because we live life on the defensive, constantly reacting to what’s coming at us instead of approaching life head-on. This can take away our power.

When we find ourselves in that cycle, we need to take steps to regain our power and attack life with a sense of confidence and empowerment.

How do we do that? By going on the offensive!

This is step one in your journey toward facing life and consistently accomplishing what you need to get done: play offense instead of defense.

Instead of waiting for someone to come along and invite you to change your life, what if you took that first step all on your own?

Whether you’re trying to tackle a complex project, or build your confidence, or improve your dating life, you don’t need someone else to help you make that happen—you can take that first step now and face the problem on your own.

Once you’ve done that, you need to engage in step two: capture and categorize.

This step is all about brainstorming everything you need to do in order to make progress in this area of your life. When I was feeling overwhelmed with work, for example, I began by writing down every little thing I could do to help streamline that aspect of my life and create order in a way that made sense to me. This was just a random list of every little thing that came to my mind: better receipt records, mileage logs, detailing travel expenses, etc.

This can, of course, feel overwhelming—and that’s ok!

Once you’ve successfully captured all those little details, you can begin to break them down into categories. For me, there was a lot of work to do in tax documentation, so I created a category for that; then I had a lot of things to do with business contracts that I categorized into legal and attorney work.

Sure, it was intimidating, but that feeling (and moving past it through increased organization and understanding) was all part of the process.

As you go through this step, you will face discomfort and the urge to walk away from it—don’t succumb to that urge! Just keep your eyes on the prize, and you’ll reach the end before you know it.

Now for step number three: schedule.

There is no way you’re going to accomplish everything on that list just staring at it and allowing the length of it to crush your spirit. You need to prioritize the items and set a reasonable deadline for yourself.

As you do this, don’t allow the pressure to get it all done at once enter your mind. As I viewed my own categorized list, I saw a few things that could get done immediately, a few things that would probably take a few weeks, and even a few tasks that would realistically take a year to complete. So, I set up a timeline for myself that included a due date for each item.

If there are items that require help or an outside party (oil changes, meetings, etc.), schedule those immediately—even if they’re a few weeks or months out—so that you are obligated to follow through.

Once you map out your life moving forward, you will start to feel the relief that comes with organization and proper scheduling.

At this point, we must engage in step four: perseverance.

Like I said above: you are going to face discomfort during this process. Regardless, you need to face that discomfort and persevere through it.

Almost nothing worth doing is easy, and this will be no exception. Through every step of my own anti-procrastination journey, I had moments where I was miserable. I also knew, however, that these were things that needed to get done for my overall future sanity.

If you can just go into this process purposefully anticipating a certain amount of discomfort, you’ll be able to face it more assertively because you won’t be surprised by it.

Again, keep pushing through and you’ll get to the other side!

That brings us to the fifth and final step: imagine.

This is actually a step that you can use throughout the entire process. If you can take action while imagining what your life is going to be like once you’ve straightened it out, you’ll be far more likely to stick with it and follow through with each step fully.

Unfinished business can create an extreme amount of anxiety in your life and tension between you and your loved ones. Chaos and an overwhelming to-do list would be stressful for anyone. If you can focus on the light at the end of the tunnel, though, you’ll have the momentum and energy to keep going with confidence.

Take a moment to imagine your organized life right now. What would your life look like if things just ran smoothly, like a well-oiled machine?

Would you feel at ease knowing that your planning and preparation had created a peaceful atmosphere for you and those around you? Would that sense of accomplishment fuel further action on your part to keep that newfound peace within arm’s reach?

You have the ability to crush procrastination and move your life forward, starting now.

Go on the offensive, capture and categorize your priorities, schedule your life, persevere through discomfort, and imagine your new future. OSCPI—I wish it spelled something cool, but that’s just not the way it worked out. Either way, these steps have helped me a ton and my clients have found great guidance in them as well.

I am confident that if you begin applying these steps to combat the procrastination in your own life, you will start seeing major gains in your productivity and gain unparalleled confidence as a result!

As always, I invite you to share your comments below and let me know how these techniques are working for you. What breakthroughs have you experienced? What motivates you to keep going when you face the urge to let procrastination delay your progress? We can all learn from one another’s progress, so please stay involved and take part in this great community to keep us all moving forward together.

Until we speak again, may you have the courage to be who you are and to know on a deep level that you’re awesome.