Practical Tools for Tackling Procrastination

We tell ourselves all sorts of unhelpful stuff when it comes to procrastination.

‘I’m just lazy’

‘I’m a terrible procrastinator, always have been, always will be’

‘I’m so easily distracted’

The language we use is SO powerful. By saying these things we’re only reinforcing the limiting beliefs we have about ourselves.

Practical tools for tackling procrastination, How to fight procrastination - Josephine Brooks

It's time to stop telling yourself you're lazy or a real procrastinator and get to the bottom of what's really going on behind your procrastination. In this video I'm sharing some practical tools to help you understand why you're procrastinating and how you can get past it.

Video notes

First up, why are you procrastinating?

You’re not procrastinating just because you’re lazy or easily distracted. There’s soooo much more to it than that. Here’s just a few reasons why you might be struggling with procrastination.

  • You don’t feel confident about the task

  • The task on your to-do list triggers a fear of rejection - this is common with posting a blog post for example

  • The task doesn’t fit with your strengths - you always find this task an uphill struggle. It’s not enjoyable so you’re putting it off.

  • Maybe the task in question feels like faff, or it feels so big that you don’t know where to start with it

  • It could be the fear of failure that’s holding you back from taking that next step in your side-hustle or even the fear of success. ‘What if this really takes off and I can’t cope with the amount of enquiries I get?

Any of those jumping out at you? Once you have an understanding of why you’re procrastinating, you’ll have a much better chance of moving past it.

Overcoming procrastination - some practical tools

Break it down into smaller chunks

If the task feels too big and overwhelming, break it down into smaller, more approachable steps.

Stop your phone from being a distraction

Put your phone on silent. Turn off all of your notifications. Put it on flight mode. Put it at the other end of the house. Do whatever you need to do to stop your phone distracting you.

Get out of your home

Work from a cafe, library or co-working space where there aren’t the distractions you have at home like the pile of laundry or the washing up.

Take a break

You might have used up your mental energy for the day, maybe you need to eat or have a drink of water. When you make time for your own self-care and to look after your basic needs, you can come back to your work later on with a much more focussed and creative mindset.

Practical tools for overcoming procrastination and getting your tasks done - Josephine Brooks
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