Beyond the non-achievement of its goals, procrastination involves a considerable loss of time but also energy. Indeed, the “procrastinator” tends to go around in circles, to ask a lot of useless questions, to make assumptions that undermine morale. He even goes so far as to feel guilty or ashamed of experiencing such a situation. In such conditions, nervous fatigue and overwork easily gain ground.
Applying the following tips can help you change your behavior permanently and regain confidence and the reins of your life. I believe that as with everything else, the golden rule is joyful perseverance.
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1) Orient your motivation in consciousness
Every morning, as soon as you wake up or start your day, take the time to imagine what you want to achieve in the long-term, medium-term and for this day. Visualize the result intensely, thinking of how pleasant you will feel when you reach it; and thinking about what could be worse if you do not do it. Focusing on results and solutions increases your internal motivation and reduces stress naturally.
2) Set your priorities
List all the ideas and tasks to do that you have in mind and separate this list into 3 categories:
- To do absolutely during the day;
- To delegate;
- Ideas / Tasks to consider later or to think about;
- To be deleted because it is not really important or urgent
Then check your list of the day and choose to start with the tasks that seem to get you closer to your goals (the key indicator is the level of well-being or relief you feel when you think you’ve accomplished it ). Avoid setting in the same day more than 3 actions that you had difficulty putting in place before, you would only succeed to discourage you. Go step by step.
3) Identify the reasons for your action and look for the causes of your non-action
How is this task vital to my well-being/success/effectiveness…? What would happen if I did not do it (disadvantages of not doing it)?
What is the advantage of not doing it, of not succeeding (makes it possible to identify one’s fears)? Are my anxieties about these actions founded, that is, based on concrete evidence? If they are, then review the tasks and your goal. If they are unfounded, then it is a question of eliminating these blockages by yourself or with help thanks to approaches such as the EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), the sophrology, the coaching. Develop new constructive, motivating beliefs that bring relief, joy, and enthusiasm.
4) Check the veracity of your thoughts and beliefs about your environment
Chase doubt, find out and seek advice from specialists about your topic while internally assessing the degree of agreement, relevance before making a decision.
5 ) Reduce distractions and focus on your tasks
Isolate yourself to do these important things that will make you progress and turn off your phone, disconnect the Internet, indicate your unavailability to those who are not concerned. For the management of emails is not the source of slavery, you could decide to consult now your messages 2 or 3 times a day maximum at a fixed time (morning, noon, the evening for example).
6 ) Congratulate yourself and express your gratitude
Every night before going to sleep, thank you for your successes big or small (the telephone call, the ironing waiting that you return are as many victories towards the control of his time and the increase of the confidence in oneself); and fill yourself with gratitude for all the opportunities encountered during this day to move towards your goals.
7 ) Be indulgent to yourself!
Accept that you sometimes postpone, having to readjust your priorities, to want a break. Smile when you become aware of all these little things that are wasting time and beating around the bush.
The key is to move forward and increase your personal power on a daily basis.