Procrastination is Fear-Based
Whatever you are currently procrastinating with, be aware procrastination is mainly based on fear. This fear could be a fear of failure, the feeling of not being good enough, or any other fear haunting you. The question is: How long do you want to allow procrastination or fear to rule your life?
We all are afraid to be judged from time to time, and then we usually get stiff and cannot move. Freezing is a natural biological reaction to fear, so it is pretty normal to feel stuck and tense. A famous example of this kind of procrastination is the so-called ‚ writer’s block ‘. The good news is that there is no such block. It is just the fear of getting started to write and let your creativity flow.
In core energy coaching, we talk about catabolic energy levels. These are the levels of energy where stuckness and anxiety rule. A shift of energy helps to get out of feeling stuck and get back into action.
Another reaction could be running away. The escape to another task or action is also a common form of procrastination and, by the way, my most used procrastination type. The benefit of procrastinating by action is that you seem to do anything else, which is also essential. If you look closer and become more aware of the true reason for your business, you often discover that you are procrastinating rather than working productively.
3 Easy Ways to stop procrastination and Get Back Into Work
1. Start Small
Don’t overthink about the task that scares you. Set up a timer and start at the same time for a minimum amount of 10 minutes. You can do 10 minutes easily, and you are allowed to work more than 10 minutes. This short working time sets you up in the right action mood for your task. Once you get started, the fear melts away.
2. Create Routines to beat procrastination
Schedule your 10 minutes per day and stick to the new routine for at least ten days. You are more likely to create a new habit by creating easy to follow patterns that don’t overwhelm you.
3. Centre Yourself
Before you start your daily 10 minutes, you want to set your mind up for action and concentration. Take a few minutes to breathe or meditate for centring yourself and create a positive mood for the exciting work that awaits you. Remember, you have a reason why you do the tasks – may be a higher goal drives you to do the work?
Your Unique Goals Motivate to Stop Procrastination
Remember your own goals regularly because they tell you why you want to do the work or tasks. The goals are like the Northern Star that guides you through the fear and hard times. In the end, it was worth pushing through the difficulties and obstacles because your goals await you.
You can set up a vision board for your goals and put it on your wall or computer, so it reminds you every day and motivates you to stay on your path.
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