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What have you been putting off?
You know…..that thing.
Painting the bedroom. Getting your car serviced. Repairing the side fence (mine blew down in the storm the other day). Contacting a friend who you haven’t spoken to in a few months. Making a commitment to (fill in the blank…………………). Booking a Holiday. Helping with your children’s school work project. Telling your partner that you love them.
You know, “that thing”.
What stops you?
If you could wind this back and ask yourself...“What will happen if I don’t do this?“, what type of view of the situation do you think you would have?
A different one, I would suggest. The above examples are just the tip of the iceberg however these ones can be considered all important. Therefore the outcomes for not doing them will be poor. So ask yourself this question …“What will happen if I don’t do this?“ and see the situation in a different light.
You will see the reward in helping with your child’s school project. You will see the reward in taking a well earned holiday. You will see the reward in re igniting a dormant friendship. You will see the reward in confirming the relationship with your partner.
The reward comes from taking action, not from using an excuse.
This will also work if what you are putting off turns out to be not important at all… Simply ask the question. If it’s not important then either schedule it for a later date or wipe it altogether.
So, if you use this strategy of asking yourself “What will happen if I do nothing?”, you will interrupt your pattern of delaying taking action. That’s pretty simple.
However will that solve your problem of putting things off entirely?
Not by itself….
I have highlighted this strategy to get you started rather than doing nothing. To get the thought processes percolating. More work is required however, especially if you are a serial procrastinator.
Such as…..You need to choose to take action. You need to recognise what is important or not… These are for you to decide upon, or to seek help.
So what’s holding you back from doing the things that need to be done? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please do me the honour of sharing this post on your favourite social media sites.
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