How to stop procrastination and get things done!

February 27, 2023
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What is the difference between habits and goals … and why does it matter? 

With a habit, you aim to do—or stop doing—the same thing, over and over again. Habits are about integrating a new behavior into your life OR eliminating an old behavior out of your life.

With a goal, like saving money for a house or earning a degree … you’re really managing a project.

Here’s the thing: most projects contain dozens or even hundreds of different and discrete steps between the starting point and the finish line.

So, why does the clarification between habits and goals matter? Because a habit is a single behavior.

When you set a new goal, and the different pieces of it all start screaming at you for your limited attention, it can quickly become overwhelming. 

And from there, it’s even harder to figure out a clear path from where you are now to where you want to be…

So today, I want to give you 3 steps you can take to move closer to achieving your most important goals.


If you don’t know what “finished” looks like, you’ll never get there. You need to know, right up front, what you’re aiming for—and how you’ll know it when you have reached your goal. 

Then, write your goal down on paper. Writing your goals is proven to cement them and give you more motivation!


Poor planning is one of the 8 Deadly Time Thieves™ and will keep you from reaching your goals every time.

So follow these tips to properly plan out how you’ll approach your projected goals:

  • Create milestones: Break your goal down into 3 major milestones and each of the smaller, measurable steps you’ll take to get there. This will help you track your progress and stay motivated.
  • Make the time: Treat each task of your goal like an  appointment … and then keep those dates with yourself.  “Someday” is not a day on your calendar, so the only way to actually get things done is to set aside time to do them.


Achieving your goals can be challenging, but there's a secret weapon that can help: having an accountability buddy! If you’re not familiar with the term, an accountability buddy is someone who will help you stay on track so you can  make progress towards your goals.

It's been proven that people are 3 times more likely to succeed when they have someone supporting and cheering them on. Your accountability buddy can be a friend, a family member, or even someone you meet online who has a similar goal. 

If you are ready to get support towards achieving your goals, then you’ll love this…

I am hosting a BRAND NEW training called Do Big Things! This LIVE online training is completely FREE to join.

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During the training I will be sharing the exact tips that I use when coaching my Your Next Big Thing students and that I have taught to organizations like Nationwide Insurance and the New York Mets…

So you can finally stop procrastination in its tracks.

You’ll learn how to take a goal from just wishing about it to planning it out, executing that plan, and then actually accomplishing it!

Declutter Your Life Podcast by Andrew Mellen. Available on iTunes!