Not setting goals for ourselves because we fear that we’ll not achieve them is having a defeatist attitude! As we allow procrastination to become an insidious habit, it creeps into all aspects of our personal and work lives. The result is feeling unfulfilled and lacking motivation.
Don’t let this happen! Here are 10 ways to kick the procrastination habit and lead more fulfilling lives!
1. Personal values development.
What are your personal values? Do you want more time, more money, better health, greater self esteem and confidence, more fulfilling relationships, a different career, set up a business? When we procrastinate it’s often because what we are planning to do is not really aligned with what we truly want. We may be scared of our skills (or perceived lack of) or fear ridicule from others. Take the time to figure out what you really want in life and in your career.
2. Make health and high-energy levels a priority.
Without good health we are less likely to have the energy and vitality needed to make positive changes in our lives and it’s easier (and necessary if you’re very ill) to procrastinate. Therefore, ensure that you have a nourishing diet, sleep well, exercise and meditate. These are the keys to ensure that you have the energy and the right mindset to progress towards your goals.
3. Visualize your life without procrastination.
See and feel the benefits in your life if you did not procrastinate. What could you do and achieve? Begin to act as if you’re not a procrastinator. Write down, draw, imagine your life as a film. Use daily affirmations to help you and keep you in a positive mindset.
4. Banish the gremlin.
That little voice which runs on auto in your head – the one that dismisses any idea that you might have. It says things like “I’m not in the mood”, “I don’t have time”, “I can’t do this.” Stop running on auto and replace the “should” and “ought” with “I will.” You have a choice. Acknowledge your choices and banish the gremlin. Again, using affirmations can help you replace the gremlin with more positive alternatives.