Dealing With Procrastination
One thing we all have in common – we procrastinate. At one time or another we all put off something we know we need to do. We might question ourselves, “Why do I keep putting this off when it causes me more anxiety and stress?” So now we are not only procrastinating….we’re judging ourselves for doing it.
Why do we procrastinate? It could be that we are afraid to fail or on the flip side afraid to succeed. We could be setting impossible standards of perfectionism. It could be fear of the unknown or it could be something as simple as a truly distasteful task. No matter the reasons the end result is things are not getting done.
This week we are going to take some steps to unprocrastinate! Since our default is to do what’s comfortable….let’s get more comfortable with not procrastinating and develop healthy habits for our lives.
- Begin by practicing not procrastinating for 10 – 15 minutes a day.
- Set aside a specific time each day for your new practice. (Use a trigger to help you stay on track – i.e. after your morning coffee, after dinner, or choose a specific time -set an alarm to remind you.)
- Choose the task. Have an important task lined up – you only need to commit to 10-15 minutes of it.
- Set yourself up for success by clearing distractions. No cell phone or internet distractions. No television. Turn on some music if it helps motivate you.
- Take a deep breath or two and focus on making these 10 – 15 minutes the most important thing you have to do.
- If you feel the urge to stop and do something more comfortable, just sit with it. Recognize that you have control and its okay to have this urge. Then return to your task. (Repeat as necessary.)
- Let go of the anxiety and dread. Smile, focus on the joy and satisfaction of completing the task. Try and have a little fun with it if you can. Be in the moment.
- Be gentle with yourself. At the end of the 10 minutes do something you love and feel totally comfortable with!
This is a practice. Once you manage the 10- 15 minutes, try it for longer and see how you do. As you become more comfortable with unprocrastinating you’ll see a marked difference in what you can accomplish without the delaying tactics. You will also be reducing your stress and anxiety, and before you know it you’ll find, that you have developed some new healthy habits!
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