Procrastination. Attitude’s assassin – 3 ways to beat it!
Are you one of those people who procrastinate and wish you didn’t? Do you put those things off that you know need to be done, but just don’t feel like doing them? Do you ever find yourself doing the unimportant instead of what is important? Maybe you get stuck on Facebook, or instead of doing that urgent task at the top of your to-do list, you click on an unopened email, then go off on a completely different tangent? Yes! Before you know it, the working day is over and your task list is still the same or even increased! Help for procrastination is here!
Having uncompleted tasks depletes your energy reserves, keeps your mind “cluttered,” contributes to anxiety and feelings of overwhelm, even sleepless nights. Does this sound familiar? Do you suffer from “attitudes’ natural assassin?” Imagine what you could achieve if you could banish this unhelpful pattern? Your productivity would skyrocket.
Procrastination-3 tips to help beat it!
1. Stop and take stock
One reason for procrastination is that you are not clear with what needs to be done, or the task is too big. So, stop, get out a pen and paper and write down all the tasks you need to do. Firstly, write down the most imperative task to get moving; usually this is the one that is causing you the most angst. This will then make the other tasks seem much easier. Then, list the other day’s tasks in order of importance and “take action.”
Soon, the day’s pathway will be much clearer. and you will be more equipped to act and less prone to paralysis which leads to procrastination!
2. Get out of your head and into your feelings!
If you are thinking about what you need to do but not doing it, stop thinking and imagine how you will feel when you will have completed the task. Notice the good feeling? Next, imagine how you will feel if you don’t do it. Notice the contrast between the two. Step into that positive feeling again. Hold onto it as you consider the task. Like magic, taking action will now be easier.
3. Create new strong neural connections.
Neuroscience has shown that when you visualise with passion and emotion, new neural pathways are formed, which means new habits can be created. An example is the 9/11 incident. Most people remember where they were that day because that event was so charged, studies show that it formed new mental pathways in many people. The key takeaway here is to consider the bigger picture, the real “why” you are doing what you want to accomplish. Make a compelling movie in your mind from your “why” and hear, see and feel what needs to happen to get the task done perfectly.
Next time you find yourself falling back into that old habit, kill your “assassin” before it kills your success. Ultimately, your life and your results are up to you, your attitude and your commitment to getting things done. Success could be just one action step away.
Mandy Napier BSc
Mandy Napier is a Global Mindset & Performance Coach who inspires people to P.E.R.F.O.R.M optimally and produce breakthrough results personally and professionally.
As an authentic and inspirational coach and speaker, she partners with professionals and teams to create transforming and lasting results. Ultimately to tap into and harness their full potential.
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