Beat Procrastination: How to Finally Get Things Done

Procrastination is a tendency to put off tasks or delay work until the very last minute. Procrastination; putting things off or leaving until the last minute

While it may not seem like a big issue initially, procrastination can have a significant negative impact on your career, personal life, relationships, etc.
It’s a common behaviour that affects many people across all age groups and professions. 

Procrastination can stem from a variety of reasons, and it is not always easy to identify the underlying cause.

  • Fear of failure – is a common reason. When you’re are afraid of failing, you may put off tasks, as the thought of not succeeding can be overwhelming.
  • Fear of success – as it may come with higher expectations and added responsibilities. These fears can manifest themselves in various ways, leading to procrastination.
  • Lack of motivation – is another common reason. If you are not interested in a task or don’t see any tangible benefits of completing it, you may put it off until “later” or the last minute. Moreover, distractions such as social media, television, or other forms of entertainment can make it difficult for you to focus on the task at hand, leading to procrastination.
  • Feeling overwhelmed – can cause procrastination because you are overwhelmed by the task at hand. Large projects or assigbnments that seem complex, can seem daunting and difficult to manage. 
  • Fear of the Unknown –  because you are fearful the unknown. You may not know where to start, or what to expect, making it difficult to even take that first step. The procrastination cyle: feel guilty, panic, make excuses

However, it doesn’t matter what the reason is, procrastination can have negative consequences in your personal and/or professional life. Delaying work or leaving tasks until the last minute can lead to poor quality work, missed deadlines, and increased stress.

Procrastination can also effect your self-esteem and self-confidence, leading to feelings of guilt and shame.

One recent simple and effective method to clear some of our mental “busyness” and it’s called the 2 Minute Rule

The 2 Minute Rule: If it takes less than 2 minutes, get it done immediatly! 

This is a straightforward but effective, strategy to overcome procrastination, at least for small tasks. According to this rule, any task that takes less than two minutes to complete should be done immediately. This approach is based on the idea that most tasks are not as challenging as they seem and can be completed quickly.

  • By applying the 2 Minute Rule… you identify small tasks that take less than two minutes and do them right away.  E.g. Responding to an email, putting clothes away, answering a text, or making a grocery list. By completing these small tasks promptly, you can reduce your to-do list and increase your productivity.
  • A benefit of the 2 Minute Rule… is that it can help you build momentum. By completing small tasks, you can gain a sense of accomplishment and motivation to tackle larger tasks.  This approach can also help reduce stress levels, and prevent tasks from piling up and becoming overwhelming. For example: paying a bill online, putting away clothes, or filling out a simple form.

By completing these smaller tasks immediately, you can free up mental space and increase your productivity.

Of course, there are many things that can’t be done in such a short time. And hypnotherapy is a powerful tool that can help you overcome procrastination. It involves a state of relaxation and heightened suggestibility where your Hypnotherapist can help you access your subconscious mind, and provide positive suggestions and processes that can help you stop putting off tasks.

Limiting beliefs or fears  which may be contributing to postponing tasks can be identified, and overcome with hypnotherapy. Plus, it can help improve your motivation to increase your drive to get them completed.

It can also help you increase your inner resolve and determination, which allows you to develop a more focused approach and better concentration to get the job done. This can make it far easier to stay on track and avoid stalling.

Your Hypnotherapist can also coach you through this process. They can help you to set a goal and plan out how you will tackle the job. That way, you become more accountable and get things done in a timely manner. 

Plus, hypnotherapy will also help you reduce the stress and anxiety you’ve felt around getting certain jobs completed. This will help you feel calmer, more confident and centred. This can make it easier for you to focus on tasks and get things done in on time. 

If you struggle with procrastination in any area of your life, hypnotherapy can be a very effective and holistic way to help you beat this behaviour and achieve success.

Contact us now for your Free 30 minute Consultation – online or in our Henderson office – and find out how we can help you overcome this issue.