You have a task to complete, it’s important, you need to get it done but you use every excuse to put it off.
Does this sound familiar to you?
I am the queen of procrastination. Yes me! A qualified mentor who helps men and women all over the world deal with negative mindsets and anxiety issues, yet I procrastinate. Some people associate procrastination as laziness but this is far from the truth. Those who procrastinate actually do so to try and avoid distress yet ironically, it actually increases the stress levels and can have an impact on your health. It can cause lack of sleep, lower your self-esteem and in some cases raise your blood pressure.
So why do we do it?
It is mainly fear-based. Think of the last time you procrastinated. Was the task difficult? Was it time-consuming? Did you question your ability? When I was first asked to become a newspaper columnist, I procrastinated all week. I looked for as many things as possible to keep me busy so I could put off my column. I very nearly quit before I had even started. I had to dig deep and get out of my god damn way! I lacked self-belief. It was new to me, therefore; I worried if I was good enough. I asked myself the same question I ask all of my clients; what physical evidence did I have to make this thought true? The answer as always was, absolutely nothing!
How could I know I wasn’t good enough unless I actually tried! I kicked my own butt, counted 5 4 3 2 1 and got in with it. I’ve loved it ever since! So how do you overcome procrastination? You simply have to get out of your own way. Understand the REAL reasons you’re afraid and ask yourself the same question above. What physical evidence do I have that make my thoughts true?
If you need to dig deeper; here are 7 easy steps to help you along the way.
1. Do the task for just a few minutes- when you start something your brain stays alert until you finish
2. Do the hard task first
3. Believe in your ability- tell yourself out loud you CAN do it
4. Manage your environment- Control it, don’t let it control you
5. Set yourself short deadlines
6. Model success- Find your inspiration
7. Develop a reward system
If you would like to learn these steps in more detail, please contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org