The pile of bills sat there waiting to be paid. They wouldn’t pay themselves, and certainly didn’t do any self-filing.
The dog was demanding a walk.
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. The long grass eventually clogged up the lawn mower. The black bills turned into red demands.
Here are 5 more ways to help you beat procrastination:
1. Don’t use any past failures as a reason for not trying again. Just forgive yourself, and move on.
2. If possible, change your environment. Move to a different room. Decide to write the letter in your favourite coffee shop.
3. Be realistic about the consequences of not doing what you need to do. Don’t minimise the consequences of inaction.
4. Don’t exaggerate the difficulty of what you are avoiding. It really isn’t that bad.
5. Create an unbreakable rule. Not: “I will cut the grass when necessary.” Rather: “I will cut the grass at 9:00am every Monday from April to October.”
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.