We all procrastinate from time to time, but it can be an incredibly damaging habit. If you’re struggling to stay on task and get things done, here are some quick strategies for beating procrastination.
Set a Timer
One of the biggest problems with procrastination is that it can be really hard to break out of the cycle of procrastination once you start. That’s why setting a timer can be a great way to stay focused and motivated. Choose a realistic amount of time for yourself, such as 20 minutes or an hour, and then set the timer and work until it goes off. Focusing on smaller chunks of time like this can help you stay productive without feeling overwhelmed.
Break Tasks into Smaller Pieces
Sometimes tasks can seem overwhelming when we look at them in their entirety. To make them feel more manageable, try breaking them down into smaller pieces that are easier to tackle one at a time. This will make it easier for you to prioritize what needs to get done first so that you don’t fall into the trap of feeling paralyzed by too many choices.
Rewards aren’t just for kids! Taking breaks throughout your day or rewarding yourself with something special after completing a big task can help you stay motivated and on track. Just remember not to let your rewards become excessive - they should just be enough to boost your motivation levels back up if they start flagging.
Accountability is key when it comes to avoiding procrastination – if no one else holds us accountable for our actions, then we tend to take the easy way out and put off our tasks. That’s why it’s important to create some external accountability for yourself – whether it’s telling a friend about your goals or joining an online group that encourages each other to stay on track – having someone else who knows about your plans can help keep you focused and motivated.
No matter how much we procrastinate, there are always ways we can beat it once and for all! By setting timers, breaking tasks down into smaller pieces, rewarding ourselves, and creating accountability, we can combat our tendency towards procrastination and reach our goals faster than ever before! Start putting these strategies into action today so that tomorrow you can reap the rewards.
Mindy Amita Aisling, MCC, is a professionally trained and board-certified life, leadership, and entrepreneur coach. Mindy exceeds all requirements set forth by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) for Master Coach certification. Through her innovative approach, she assists clients in examining their limiting beliefs, questioning their assumptions about how the world works, and releasing the notion that they are anything less than perfect. As a result, individuals who work with Mindy cultivate the ability to stand firm in their beliefs, live authentically and decisively, and discover an experience of life that is easy and graceful.
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Happy March, my friends; 'tis the month associated with leprechauns and luck. This got me thinking about luck, and the more I considered it, the more my curiosity grew. What is luck? How is it created in our lives (beyond capturing a leprechaun)? 🍀
I started my investigation by looking up the word luck to ensure I knew the definition. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines luck as: "a force that brings good fortune or adversity." Hmmmm. I have experienced this force in my life - both positively and negatively.
There was a time that I didn't believe in "luck." I thought the idea of an invisible force that impacted our lives smacked of religious tripe. I was born with a scientific, logical mind that demands proof for my belief systems. However, over the decades of having this human experience, I have gathered significant data that something else is happening here - on this planet, in our souls, and our lives. There is no logic to it, and it can't be explained. I certainly don't have any words to describe it accurately. The closest I've gotten is "chaos" and "magic," but I supposed that you could call it luck (given the definition outlined above)
Here is what I've learned about this invisible force: You can't control it, but you can dance with it. So first, let yourself off the hook for influencing everything in your life. While I love teachings like The Secret and Abraham Hicks, my experience is that they are incomplete. They are missing two critical pieces of wisdom & knowledge. The first missing piece is the power of action, and the second is the dance with luck. There is a force that brings boons and tragedy, and we (as humans) have some influence, but we don't control it. Therefore, we must learn to dance with it.
The Dance With Bad Luck
Bad luck is challenging to dance with. When tragedy strikes our lives or something doesn't go as planned, it is normal to experience feelings associated with suffering (anger, sadness, frustration, resentment, or confusion). This is where the dance begins. The way to move beyond the feelings is to feel them- but not think about them. This is the trickiest dance step. Our minds want to ruminate on the suffering, relive the experience, or imagine it repeatedly, adding in ways it could have been different. This is not helpful. Quiet the mind, feel the feelings, release the feelings, and get back into the game of life.
The Dance with Good Luck
The dance with good luck is much more fun, but strangely, it can be just as challenging. The challenge in this dance is self-confidence. To play with the good luck in the Universe, you must believe in yourself. You must know that you are endlessly powerful and deserving. When you cultivate an environment and habits that support you in knowing your worth, you can increase the "good luck" in your life by creating ever-growing levels of presence that alert you to "clues" in your life. Your attention will be drawn to people, things, and situations, giving you information about unlikely actions to take. As you develop your intuition and trust in yourself, you will notice a dramatic improvement in your decision-making, timing, and results. Your work and life can become an enjoyable and continuous treasure hunt with unlimited treasures.
You are a powerful creator, but you live in a world with multiple forces at work, not just your own. Understanding this and establishing both self-compassion and self-empowerment is the key to dancing with luck in your life. Cha Cha Cha.
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