Procrastination under the knife…

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Well, I’m not going to lie to you, It’s taken me two weeks to write this blog, so now I feel I know what I’m talking about.

I’ve made five cups of tea, loaded the washing machine, made phone calls that could have waited. Written five different titles for blogs and came back to this one again.

What has held me back from writing a blog that could make a difference, move mountains, change lives etc (I’m trying).

PROCRASTINATION – Yes I’ve finally admitted it, I can feel the fear leave me as I admit that I too have fallen victim to this dirty word, but why?? What am I scared of?? I’m typing away and it feels great, it’s not the ugly picture I may have painted in my head. I’m a perfectionist. I’m getting better but I do like things to be right. Unfortunately this can be one of life’s set backs, you want everything to be perfect so you never get anything done due to the fact it may not be PERFECT for you – does it sound familiar???

So what can you do to get out of the habit? And it is a HABIT!! Well like any habit you have to stop repeating it. HOW CAN WE DO THAT- I HEAR YOU CRY!!??

Write a to-do list, and prioritize. Maybe the task at hand isn’t high priority. Look at what is on your list and work through it. I don’t know about you but I love ticking off all the jobs I’ve achieved for the day.

Set yourself time bound goals, buy yourself a diary and schedule a time slot for the task you have been procrastinating about and CONQUER IT. I always find time bound goals very helpful.

Tell someone what you are doing, nothing better than a bit of peer group pressure. When I decided to write my autobiography, my first plan of action was to let my friends on Facebook know. I knew someone would mention it to me. I hadn’t even put pen to paper when a FB friend asked how the book was going, it wasn’t until I had that conversation. That day I went home and started to write and chapter one was under way.

What would be the consequences of not finishing a task??? Think about that. Sometimes it could be even worse than getting started.

And last but not least, reward yourself for finishing. It’s the pain/pleasure theory. I’m ordering an eggnog latte what will you have??

Ps, If you want to conquer procrastination you need to spot when you’re doing it. Then ask yourself why you’re procrastinating and take the appropriate steps to overcome the fear. Like author Susan Jeffers said, feel the fear and do it any way!!