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Episode 127: Procrastination

There are many reasons why we procrastinate, often though it’s because of our inner dialogue.
It could be that we look at the end result as being unrealistic or, going back to my previous episode, we label ourselves as as an underachiever or lazy.

If your inner dialogue suggests to you that your end result is for other people, not for someone like you then challenge it.
Everyone has doubts but if there’s one thing you can guarantee it is that the ones that don’t succeed in their goals are the ones that listen to that internal voice and allow it to hold them back.
The successful characters are those that hear the doubts in their mind but still take the steps to move forward despite it.

With most goals it’s always best to break them down into manageable sizes.
Having just 1 deadline or one huge goal is like an invitation to procrastinate, whether that’s writing a dissertation, losing weight or getting a new job if all you do is focus on the end result you’re less likely to reach it.
So break it all down into something easier to manage.

People who procrastinate tend to have a combination of high expectations and self doubt, which is a recipe for disaster. They fear failure AND they fear proving themselves right. It’s worth looking at why you might put all that pressure on yourself.
What are you afraid of?
Is it failure?

Because if it is then it’s worth noting that failing doesn’t mean doing it and it not working out, failure means not even trying in the first place!

Depending on what it is you’re putting off and procrastinating about it can sometimes be appropriate to change your environment. Working from home can sometimes be little too comfortable in order to get work done.
I speak from experience here because when writing these articles I ALWAYS and i mean ALWAYS get more work done when I do it at one of my clinics than I do when sitting at home.
There’s research that shows that even leaving the house and working from a Coffee Shop for a few hours makes us more productive.

Look at any specific pit falls.
Do you check your emails too often? If so turn the program off for a few hours.
Social networking can be a big drain on our time, so occasionally ask yourself “Will my life be any better for looking at this?”
Facebook and the like may be useful for keeping up with what’s happening in popular culture but set some specific time aside so that it no longer interrupts your life.
You can prevent yourself from having a sneaky peak by logging out. It takes an extra few seconds to have to log back in again next time and gives you the opportunity to say “STOP, what am I doing?”

There’s a phrase I like “Nothing is any easier tomorrow than it is today” if you say that to yourself it will remind you to get your hands out of your pockets and do what needs to be done.

It’s really easy to find reasons why you can’t do something.

“I could go for a run but it looks like it might rain”
“What if i miss an important phone call”
“What if it won’t make any difference to my health anyway”

A better attitude would be “So what if it rains, it’ll stop me getting overly hot and uncomfortable”. If you miss an important phone call then they’ll call you back, after all it was an important phone call.
Yes, going for one run probably won’t make any difference to your health, but it helps create a good habit which absolutely WILL improve your health.

After all, just because things are difficult, doesn’t make them impossible!

Episode List

Episode 138: Keeping Up With The Joneses
Episode 137: The Likeable You
Episode 136: Why It's OK To Be A Loser
Episode 135: The Psychology Of Extremism
Episode 134: Are You A Lobster?
Episode 133: Critical Thinking
Episode 132: There Is Nothing Either Good Or Bad
Episode 131: The For And Against Of Imagination
Episode 130: Loneliness & Social Networks
Episode 129: Letting Go Of The Past
Episode 128: What Is Love?
Episode 127: Procrastination
Ep. 126: Who Were You Before The World Changed You?
Episode 125: Stop Saying "Sorry"
Episode 124: Emotional Contagion
Episode 123: Patience
Episode 122: Building On Your Foundations
Episode 121: Dealing With The Critics
Episode 120: Being Assertive. Just Say No!
Episode 119: Inactivity
Episode 118: Social Functioning & Evolution
Episode 117: Unleash Your Inner Superhero
Episode 116: Goals, Values and Priorities
Episode 115: 10 Tips To A Happier Life
Episode 114: Lies And Confabulation
Episode 113: Confirmation Bias
Episode 112: Are You An Imposter?
Episode 111: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger
Episode 110: Are New Years Resolutions a good idea?
Episode 109: The African Violet Queen Of Milwaukee
Episode 108: Reframing
Episode 107: Spiders And Behaviourism
Episode 106: Practise Makes Perfect
Episode 105: Fear Of Flying
Episode 100 - 104: Happiness
Episode 99: Body Image And The Media
Episode 98: Evolution and Adaptation
Episode 97: Reflections And Regrets.
Episode 96: Dealing With Fear
Episode 95: Confidence
Episode 94: Enthusiasm
Episode 93: Tips To Relieve Christmas Stress
Episode 92: Dealing With Change
Episode 87 - 91: Self Esteem
Episode 86: Correlation Does Not Imply Causation
Episode 85: The Importance Of Being Lazy
Episode 84: Elephant Chains
Episode 83: Eating Bananas And Setting Goals
Episode 82: Ignoring The Media And Listening To Music
Episode 81: Awakening The Instincts
Episode 80: The Fine Line Between Love And Hate
Episode 79: The Best Medicine
Episode 78: A New Start
Episode 77: Time Distortion
Episode 76: Making Decisions
Episode 75: What's In A Name?
Episode 74: Pushing Ourselves Further
Episode 73: Conformity
Episode 72: Purpose
Episode 71: Perspective
Episode 70: Expectation
Episode 69: The Mind / Body Link
Episode 68: Overcoming Shyness
Episode 67: Mood Boosting
Episode 66: Sabotaging your goals
Episode 65: Self Talk
Episode 64: Money Makes The World Go Round
Episode 63: First Impressions Count
Episode 62: False Belief
Episode 61: Absolutes
Episode 60: The Psychology of feeling calm
Episode 59: Belief
Episode 58: Anchoring Emotions
Episode 57: Negativity and Perspective
Episode 56: Health And Happiness
Episode 55: Imagination vs Reality
Episode 54: Change