Procrastination

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September 19, 2017

3 Fun Ways To Beat Procrastination

Are you finding yourself daydreaming, checking your email, getting something to eat, doing anything but what you know you need to complete? Try some of these fun ways to beat procrastination and get that important task done.

RELATED: Why Procrastination Can Be Good For You

Give yourself a time limit

What’s a realistic timeframe to complete that thing you’re avoiding? Set your timer, ready, go! Competing with the timer and turning it into a game can be enough to motivate you. If it’s not, book something for after you’re finished – a meeting, an appointment, a class, anything. I always get my work done faster if I know I have to be at my yoga class. On the days when I say to myself: “I don’t feel like going to yoga today,” the same amount of work takes a lot longer.

Rename your task

If you’re procrastinating because you need to complete something you hate doing, why not give it a new fun name? For example, you might be procrastinating about cleaning your house – it’s boring and hardly the job most of us want to be doing. What if you renamed your task to ‘bringing sparkles’? It sounds silly, but it can put a smile on your face and all of a sudden, you feel like a fairy who makes everything around her sparkly and clean.

Set aside time for play

The reason why I usually procrastinate (and I suspect I’m not alone) is because I’m tired, I haven’t had time to myself for a while and I simply can’t fit in the things that I want to do, so they sneak on me at the wrong moment. The best way to deal with this is to give in and set aside time for yourself.

If you enjoy Facebook, but it distracts you from the task at hand, put time on your calendar to get busy with Facebook updates. If you keep on ‘accidentally’ turning on that game on your smart phone, schedule some time to play later.

These are some strategies that I use to beat procrastination and they may work for you, too. Something else you can do is simply ask yourself the question: “How can I make this more fun?” It’s always easier to complete a task when we’re enjoying the process.

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March 22, 2015

Why Procrastination Can Be Good For You

If you’re like the rest of humankind, procrastination is probably something you’re familiar with. You put things off until the last moment, avoid taking important decisions and always promise yourself that you’ll start your new exercise routine on Monday. Then you spend hours feeling bad about it and reading articles on how to stop procrastinating. But procrastination doesn’t always need to be cured. In fact, it can be a useful tool for achieving your goals in a happier, more efficient way.

There’s a reason why you procrastinate

Procrastination usually happens because there are two (or more) opposing thoughts and emotions running through our brains. Even when we know that a project we’re working on will propel us forward in our career, we may be dreading the extra responsibility that will come with it or scared that we’ll fail. Or we may need to do a task because our boss told us so, but we find the task boring and completely ineffective for achieving the end result.  Or we push ourselves to get through our to-do list when our body is screaming, ‘Enough, I just need a break’.  Procrastination can be used as a barometer to uncover those hidden motivators and choose a better way of dealing with them.

Procrastination can make you more creative

If you find yourself procrastinating on a project that requires some level of creativity, it may be a sign that you’re not ready yet with the best possible solution. While you’re busying yourself with other, less important stuff, your subconscious mind is busy going through all possible options. You’ll feel renewed energy and inspiration once the calculations are complete. Usually having a deadline helps with this type of procrastination. If your mind knows that it has to be finished by a certain deadline, you’ll often find the solution floating up to the surface with just enough time to integrate it into your work.

Procrastination can make you help better decisions

If you’re procrastinating over an important decision, it probably means that you’re not completely happy with any of the options that you see for yourself at the moment. Instead of forcing yourself to just pick something, check with yourself what would make this decision easy for you. What would have to be true so that you could decide without hesitation? Just asking this question can reveal options that you were unaware of before, but can be much better for you.

Procrastination can be a sign that you’re over-committing

Are you always saying ‘yes’ even to requests that you don’t want to say ‘yes’ to and you can’t physically fit into your day? In that case, see what you can take off your plate and how you can stop over-committing in future.

Next time you find yourself procrastinating, instead of unleashing your inner critic, ask yourself why you’re procrastinating and how you can use what procrastinations is telling you to make progress, while staying true who you are and looking after yourself.

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By Tatiana Apostolova

September 4, 2014

How to Manage Your Time and Have Fun

Never enough hours in the day to get everything done? The answer is simple, just learn how to time manage your life. You’ll have a lot more time on your hands and a lot more fun. By Sarah McIntyre, SheSaid’s resident Life Coach.

How many of us spend oodles of time thinking about what we are going to do? The majority of our time is actually spent worrying or considering what to do as opposed to just doing it. So what can we do about it?

The Paradox of Time

“If we think too much about time, we will tie ourselves in philosophical knots- and distract ourselves from the goal of relaxation. Yet to meditate occasionally upon some of the many paradoxes of time can help us to ensure that we are not too much enslaved by the tyranny of the clock. Time is nature’s way of preventing everything happening at once.” Mike George (Author of Learn to Relax)

Now let’s put things into perspective and work out what we actually need to do to get things done and make them fun. I truly believe there are ways you can make everything you need to do fun and do them in a timely manner.

The Reasons Why

Ask yourself why you do not do things. Is it because there are not enough hours in the day? Are you wasting time in the mornings? Are you chatting on the phone and wasting time at work? Do you suffer from the procrastination ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ syndrome?

Work out the real reasons why, then draw up a list of what stops you.

The next step is to look at what you spend your time doing. The best way is to monitor your time for a week. Create a time chart and write in (honestly) for every hour, what you spent your time doing.

After the week is complete look over it and identify the gaps. Where can I delegate? Can I outsource tasks? This may mean you need to communicate with friends, your boss or your partner so that you create ‘time to think’ in your life.

Procrastination is Out

Just being aware of your tendency to procrastinate is the first step in sorting things out. Once you have identified what stops you, list everything that is playing on your mind. This will go in the MUST DO box. Our ultimate aim is to clean up your life so that you are not ruled by time and unnecessary worry in not completing tasks.

Make it Fun

Now, rather than prioritising things into A or B’s, or 1 and 2’s, which is a bit of a drag (and another distraction technique from actually doing it) create two headings: FUN and NOT SO FUN.
Now make a note in your diary for when you will do the FUN things over the next month. One step at a time, don’t pile it all on a Saturday, place 1-2 tasks daily.

The next step is to grab the NOT SO FUN list and slot them into your diary. Can you delegate it to someone else, can you ask your partner or friend to come along with you? Think of a way to make it enjoyable. There has to be a way. Remember, ‘Where there is a will there is a way’
These steps are designed to break down the process of re-organising your time, and alleviate the inevitable by making ‘jobs’ simple and fun. Once you have got all your chores completed you will have room in your life to do the things you love to do. Enjoy the ride!

To book a FREE trial session you can contact Sarah at sarahmcintyre@bigpond.com or call coach2balance on 02 9362 5182.

May 1, 2001

How to Manage Your Time and Have Fun (Cont.)

Procrastination is Out

Just being aware of your tendency to procrastinate is the first step in sorting things out. Once you have identified what stops you, list everything that is playing on your mind. This will go in the MUST DO box. Our ultimate aim is to clean up your life so that you are not ruled by time and unnecessary worry in not completing tasks.Make it Fun

Now, rather than prioritising things into A or B’s, or 1 and 2’s, which is a bit of a drag (and another distraction technique from actually doing it) create two headings: FUN and NOT SO FUN.

Now make a note in your diary for when you will do the FUN things over the next month. One step at a time, don’t pile it all on a Saturday, place 1-2 tasks daily.

The next step is to grab the NOT SO FUN list and slot them into your diary. Can you delegate it to someone else, can you ask your partner or friend to come along with you? Think of a way to make it enjoyable. There has to be a way. Remember, ‘Where there is a will there is a way’

These steps are designed to break down the process of re-organising your time, and alleviate the inevitable by making ‘jobs’ simple and fun. Once you have got all your chores completed you will have room in your life to do the things you love to do. Enjoy the ride!

To book a FREE trial session you can contact Sarah at sarahmcintyre@bigpond.com or call coach2balance on 02 9362 5182.

May 1, 2001