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HOW TO BEAT PROCRASTINATION AND TAKE ACTION.
Do you know those days where you sit there all confused? Confused on why you fail to take action on tasks you want and need to do?
If the answer is YES-then, I am with you on that feeling, but what if I told you that you can change this and do things differently. What if I told you that you can finally beat procrastination and take action on your goals?
I will not claim this to possible overnight but by taking specific steps (some easier than others) you can make a huge leap in your ability to overcome procrastination.
Procrastination is defined as: ‘the action of delaying or postponing something’. (Oxford) and consistent procrastination can lead to living a life less satisfied than if you took more action and reduced procrastination.
Consistent procrastination can lead to frustration, self-doubt, and poorer quality of work. (we all know what an essay or a project done last minute looks like compared to one with planning and where proper time had been given to it).
Here are 3 steps to help you get you started on overcoming procrastination and becoming someone that does what they intended when they intended it.
Know what it will give you. What will the thing you are putting off add to your life? For example, if you are putting off looking for better job or working out more consistently then re-start the process and ask yourself’ ‘what will achieving this particular goal give me that I care about or need’?
Schedule it is in. Don’t worry if at first you struggle with this but create a clear plan on WHEN you do that activity or take steps to towards that goal which will minimise having to make on the spot decisions on when the best time to do task is. Additionally, it will reduce the idea that you do not have enough time to work on planned task.
Use the power of silence. You might be thinking- ‘what on earth is she on about?’ but what I mean by this tip is for you to take some time to reflect on what is happening internally for you. What is blocking you and causing your procrastination. Procrastination usually has little to do with being lazy and a lot more to do with genuine resistance such as fear, confusion, and self-doubt. Ask yourself questions such as what am I feeling when I think about this goal or task, what scares me the most about that? Once you start to unpick why you do what you do then you can start to take measures on how change that.