All procrastination is avoidance. Procrastination is a supposed coping strategy to help us face the future. However, as we know, procrastination can make the future worse rather than better.
Here are 5 tips to help you get moving.
1. Do something small if the big is too big. Commit to answering one letter if you can’t commit to answering the whole pile. Break the big into smaller, achievable tasks. Climbing a mountain can seem daunting, but taking one step at a time is manageable.
2. Have a graded list of easy to more difficult tasks, and start with the easy ones. Lay the first brick in the house. You don't have to build the roof on day one.
3. Do something short if the big is too long. Commit to doing something for just five minutes. The most difficult part is starting and it is easier to start if you can see an end in sight, and five minutes isn’t too long to do something.
4. Reduce the time between now and starting. Start straight away, or as soon as possible. Delay just gives you time to exaggerate the difficulty.
5. Don’t wait until you feel like it. Just do it, regardless of feeling. You may never feel like it.
What strategies have you found most helpful in dealing with your own procrastination?
For help with your procrastination from a specialist counsellor, either face-to-face, or over the phone, or via Skype, contact Jame Rye, the Kings Lynn Counsellor.