When tomorrow never comes
Do you have a never ending 'To Do', list?
Maybe tomorrow never comes? Or you are just feeling overwhelmed by everything that needs to be achieved?
We are all guilty of procrastinating from time to time, however it can become a real problem if tomorrow never comes and your list of things to do just keeps growing.
So, how do you overcome this?
Well, the first thing is to recognise that you are probably procrastinating!
Then try to work out the reasons why; this is a crucial step as it means that we are recognising that something needs to change.
The trouble is that once we start putting off a task, it can seem more and more daunting to get going again.
I can speak from experience - when I needed to complete a 7000 word thesis! I really didn't want to write it, so just put it to the back of my mind and tried to forget about it. Of course, the longer I went without doing it, the more I thought about it! It was dominating my life and I hadn't even written it! Eventually, I had to take action - so I started by just writing a title on a page. Then, the following evening, I grabbed my notepad and just started writing some random ideas! Sounds crazy. but I just wanted to break the pattern. Amazingly, it felt good, and I carried on like this - just writing random things down for a couple of weeks. From there I was able to go on to write the Thesis and submit it within a few weeks.
The longer you avoid doing something the bigger it gets inside your mind. ANY PROGRESS (no matter how insignificant it may seem), that gets you started wipes away that feeling and gives you a fresh start, and from there it's easier to keep moving once you've got a little momentum.
Try it and see what happens!
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Caroline Wellingham - Accredited Career and Life Coach, NLP PractitionerJuly 12th, 2017