Procrastination – Name It and Tame It

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PROCRASTINATION – Say it!

It does not matter what you have to do on your schedule, very often there is something that you are delaying either on purpose or subconsciously because you know it is not fun, or hard work, or tedious, or perhaps you are stuck and cannot create any new content.  Relax – because it is not only you who gets sidetracked by PROCRASTINATION.  We all know what it is but sometimes we do not know why we are procrastinating or realize that we are even doing it.

Procrastination by definition is to delay or postpone action; put off doing something. (google)

Sentence:  “It won’t be this price for long, so don’t procrastinate!”
“Fear of failure often causes people to procrastinate”
Synonyms: delay, put off doing something, postpone action, defer action, be dilatory, use delaying tactics, stall, temporize, drag one’s feet/heels, take one’s time, play for time, play a waiting game

Maybe you are procrastinating getting items ready for the accountant – TAX TIME!  That is never fun.

Maybe you cannot come up with a article topic or pushing updating your website until another day.

Maybe you keep finding things to do instead of hitting the gym for 30 minutes.

Regardless of what it is, here are a few tips to help you deal with whatever you are putting off until tomorrow:

1 – Make a list – Your items you need to do TODAY should be on your list.  Check each item off as they get done. This typically helps you organize and figure out a way to get it all in.  However, if you see that there is something that you are avoiding – recognize it!  And…

2 – Name it and tame it – This is an old psychology trick I like to do when there is something I am doing or have interrupting / obtrusive thoughts that distract me from my goal.  GIVE THE THOUGHT OR EVENT A NAME.  If I recognize that I am procrastinating.  I say it out loud so I hear it also.  “I am just procrastinating.”  You may have to say it a few times, but you will see that the item you are thinking about not doing – will start to gain clarity in your head and you will find a way to fit it into your schedule.

3 – Another use to help explain how #2 works – I used this all the time when my kids were little and had a bad dream – a bad dream where they were getting chased by an animal, for instance.   We came up with a name of what happened and made it funny like getting chased by “fluffy bunnies” that just wanted you to pet them.  So we called the dream – “fluffy bunnies.”  Just talking about it is key and your brain can put it in the proper file.

4 – Talk to Yourself – Don’t Listen to Yourself – So talk to yourself when you are stuck and try not to listen to all the reasons why you cannot do something.  This clutters the brain.  Whether that is sitting down for 30 minutes and checking out the DIY Monthly Training Video, writing a blog post,  or trying one of the recommendations made in this training with your work, we all put things off and without your interval voice telling you to have some discipline and stick to the plan of the day, you can become less productive than planned.

When your brain can categorize and organize thoughts and stressful events into a simply phrase or one word category, it quits trying to replay it and make sense of something that may not ever make sense.  By simply say, “I am just procrastinating,”  it helps your brain to clear from all the feeling of guilt and worry of not doing something, and allows for you to focus better on the to-do list you made in #1.

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