Procrastination? Why do I do it? I will tell you, that I always do it when I am too tired to think. I used to see it as an addiction, because it was my standard response to stuff I disliked doing. There must be many others who feel the same way, and I want to share my knowledge to make a difference for you.
I love lists, it is a good way to get annoying stuff out of your head, and onto paper (Be bold and use paper and pen for this exercise).
Step 1 – Make a list of all your current annoying tasks, that you wish would disappear without explanation. Write them all down in one go, you know what they are. An example of such a task can be tidying up every week, or washing the car.
Step 2 – Well done to you, this was difficult and you did it! Take a deep breath in, and exhale. Now close your eyes and inhale again, all the way to your belly, and exhale slowly. Feel how your shoulders relax.
Step 3 – Create an action plan for each item, starting with creating a table with columns headed as follows: Challenge Number, Name Challenge, What do I need, Who can help, Do this each day, Wishful deadline.
Step 4 – Slot each Procrastinated Challenge in there, complete each column with steps and before you know it, you’ll be done. Follow your gut on this, don’t think too long about getting the right answer for each item.
Step 5 – Address one Procrastinated Challenge at a time now. Look at the first one, and see what is needed for you to complete it and do it in the next hour – just focus on doing it. When you have ticked off a Procrastinated Challenge, celebrate your attention and efforts.
Step 6 – Maintain this list to add new items that rate high as a Challenge-deserving-Procrastination, add each new challenge to the list, analyse it as per Steps 3 and 4 and in a few weeks you will have changed your Response to the Challenge opportunity.
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