The past couple of weeks I’ve been talking about honouring your cycles.
But how do you know whether you’re truly honouring your body OR you’re simply procrastinating on what needs to get done?
I believe your body has the answers and deep down you’ll feel and know the truth.
But first, let’s look at the facts.
Science has a lot to say for why we procrastinate…
Our limbic system, which is the oldest most dominant portion of our brain which runs on automatic, is designed to help us stay away from danger and from unpleasant tasks.
According to Timothy A. Pychyl, Ph.D.. author of The Procrastinator’s Digest: A Concise Guide To Solving The Procrastination Puzzle, your limbic brain will guide you towards “immediate mood” repair i.e. doing something that feels good.
If you want to get into action on something (like putting together that pitch, figuring out your next steps, negotiating a 3 day work week), then you’ve got to engage the conscious part of your brain (the pre-frontal cortex) and associate pleasure with that desired action.
Because if you don’t the limbic system takes over and you won’t get to it. Cue: another episode of Game of Thrones or The Good Life.
If you’re reading this and thinking – yep – this is beyond the season I’m in. I’m actually procrastinating….
I’ve got 3 tips to help get you started so that you can stop procrastinating on the things that matter.
Take control back and work with your brain to make those career goals of yours happen.
Listen to this week’s blog to learn how to take control back and work with your brain to make those career goals of yours happen.
Short on time? Read on for the transcript.
#1: Get clear on WHY your goal, project, desire matters
Let’s face it, sometimes you’ve got to do the stuff you don’t like in order to get to the stuff you do like.
For example, running a business requires me to look at admin, book-keeping and technology – things that I don’t exactly love. So guess what happens? I put off looking at the stuff until I absolutely have to.
BUT when I remind myself that being proficient and getting comfortable with these areas of my business are essential to its success I feel more inspired to just bite the bullet and get to work.
Get to the why of your goal, your project, your desire and see how this task in front of you is actually a pleasurable thing and supports why you’re doing the ‘thing” in the first place.
#2: Stop blaming time
I know I’m guilty of saying “I wish there was more time” or “there’s too much to do” but the truth is. Everyone gets 24 hours in a day. The real reason I don’t get things done is because of me, not time.
The sooner I come to peace with this, the sooner I quit whining and I started to look at what’s within my control.
It’s when I became ruthless with what it is that I want to prioritise.
If you haven’t check it out already, go back to the blog post where I talk about how to do a mid-year review because this will help you identify where you’re wasting your time and what’s sucking the life out of you from achieving those career goals of yours.
#3: Break your big goals down into small micro-steps and schedule them in your diary
I know you may have heard this before but how many of us actually do this?
When you break down a goal by the steps needed to see it through to completion and put it in your diary, then you can get into reality about the time taken to get it done properly.
For example: if you have a goal to switch jobs in 6 months, chances are you’ll be daunted by the amount of effort and work that’s required to make it happen.
Rather than keep “change jobs” on your to-do list, break it up into all the micro-steps that are needed to make it happen e.g. research industry, research dream companies, network, brush up CV, apply, practice interview sessions etc.
You get the picture.
Whilst we’re all hardwired to “feel good.”
Our brain doesn’t know that stretching outside of our comfort zone, taking risks and making things happen in our lives is for our own good.
It takes some training!
So: practice the above 3 steps and move forward on those goals of yours. Let me know how you go.
I’d love to hear from you:
Do you have any tips or tricks for beating procrastination?
Which of the 3 tips are you going to implement on your own life so that you can get to work on those goals of yours?
I’d love to know.
Leave a comment below.
P.S. If you feel like you desire personal support to realign your life + work back to what really matters and finally stop procrastinating…I’ll be opening up the doors to the Soul Aligned Woman Experience next week! This is an experience designed to support you to figure out your next steps for the second half of 2019 — not just any plan but one that aligns with both head AND heart. You can apply for a complimentary call with me HERE so I can learn more about you and whether the program is a good fit for where you are right now.