There are times, when I’m the queen of procrastination. It’s usually when I’ve got a big project on the go or I’m stressing about something. That’s when the block comes down, the want to do something is there but the actual get up and go, well that’s long got up and gone.
You know the feeling right? You’re ready, your hair is in a bun, you’ve got your yoga pants on, a hot cup of tea but then you open your laptop or turn on your computer and poof, that inspiration has gone and you’re just sat looking at a blank page – or scrolling through Facebook or the hundredth time.
Well thanks to *Bach™ Original Flower Remedies and life coach, Sophia Davis here are some top tips and advice on putting paid to procrastination, so that you can get the job done today rather than putting it off until tomorrow.
1- Pre-empt your potential pitfalls. Become aware of the triggers that lead you to procrastinate. Do you run away from boredom or failure, or do you move away from something that appears too easy or too hard? Know what your patterns are, and find ways to support yourself through them. For example, if it feels too complicated, ask for help. If it feels boring, find ways to make it more interesting.
2- See procrastination for what it is – a pattern of behaviour, a habit to put things off. Once you see it for what it is, you have a choice to choose a different behaviour. Try sourcing an accountability buddy – someone you can speak to about your tasks and who you can share your successes with when you’ve completed something. We don’t like letting other people down, so you’ll feel more obliged to get on with things promptly if you know you’ve got to report back to your friend/colleague.
3- Give your tasks a positive meaning. As human beings, we create meanings without even realising we are doing it. Most of the time, if we procrastinate, we are creating negative meanings and thoughts. For example, ‘I know I’ll be bored with this task’. Make getting the job done mean that you will feel good about yourself afterwards. Set up time to treat yourself once you’ve finished your tasks for the day. That way you’ll be provided with an incentive to succeed.
4- Look at your beliefs. Do you believe that you are a person who procrastinates? Sounds simple, but if you associate it with your identity, it will be very hard to let go of. Try telling yourself that you are a person who gets stuff done, and it will start to reflect in your outside world. Use affirmations to begin reprogramming your mind. Statements like ‘I get all my tasks done quickly and easily’, ‘I finish everything I start’, ‘I approach all my tasks with ease and enjoyment’ will help you to begin changing any subconscious beliefs that are sabotaging you.
5- Making a list of all of the things you need to get done, putting them in order of priority and then making a strict rule with yourself to do them in order, often helps to avoid what you are putting off. If you don’t allow yourself to add anything to the list until it’s finished, you will naturally get around to doing everything. If you tick them off as you go along, it will also help you to see your achievements as you go.
6- Be kind to yourself with Bach Original Flower Remedy Elm (support) and don’t get overwhelmed. Put your problems into perspective and take on only what you feel you can cope with.
So hopefully that’ll help us rid the procrastination blues and we can all get on with having a productive week right?
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