Design Your Year: Keeping It Going

Why do we procrastinate?

To help us tackle the P-word we need to understand why we do so. Now this is unique to each and every one of us, however, the overriding fact is we are avoiding doing something because we may:

  • Fear the outcome once we do what we need to do. This concern can be a fear of success (“Oh no — now I have to keep on being successful or do better”) and a fear of failure (“I failed at this so I will fail again or at everything else I do”
  • Not have any importance attributed to the task due to not knowing who it benefits, not having a set or tight deadline or not seeing any value in doing it.
  • Have a fear of change once the task is done.

Tackling Procrastination

Now it is time to ask:

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  • Reward yourself once you have completed a task towards your goal and increase the reward the more you complete. (I have my eye on a certain jumpsuit from https://www.nancymac.co.uk/ if I stick to my exercise routine for at least 3 months)
  • Get help — whether that’s a friend, colleague, partner, mentor or coach to keep you accountable. Tell them about your progress each week.
  • Understand what is urgent, what is important and what doesn’t even need to be on your to do list. Expand this to all areas of your life but keep that goal in mind.
  • Try the 5 minute rule — set your timer for 5 minutes, start your goal oriented task and really focus for just 5 minutes.

Final Thoughts

Sometimes procrastination can help us as it allows us time to really think projects and decisions through giving us time and space to make sure what we are doing is right for us both now and in the long term.

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Kate Bishop

Kate Bishop

Kate is a renowned career strategist, confidence guru & coach on a mission to make everyone’s Mondays feel as good as Fridays. www.kate-bishop.co.uk