Its a New Year with probably yet another long list of resolutions. But will you actually do them? Or are you the type of person that has the best of intentions and sets goals but can never seem to get started on them, or you half-start them and never find the time or motivation to finish them?
Well don’t worry, you’re not alone! We all suffer from procrastination at some point in our life. The good news is that there is a cure. Just think SNOW and follow these 4 steps:
STEP 1: STOP
The reason you procrastinate is because the emotional force or feeling isnt strong enough to propel you to take action forward. A positive feeling is being counteracted by a negative feeling, making you feel neutral, unmotivated and leaving you sitting on the fence. The problem comes when we feel guilty about it. This adds to the emotional hot pot! So the first step is to simply STOP rather than struggle.
STEP 2: NOTICE
Be observant. What is it that youre actually avoiding? What is driving the negative emotion or feeling for the activity at hand? What are you afraid might happen? Writers are notorious procrastinators. With good intentions theyll sit down in front of the key board, but will quickly become distracted by the pile of washing in the corner, that layer of dust on the shelves and those dishes that need washing. For writers, usually its the fear of not writing anything readable that stops them from writing at all. This is the counter-force. Notice what your counter-force is.
STEP 3: ORDER
When you bring order into a situation, it is incredible how it can make things feel a little simpler. So the best thing to do is to is take out a piece of paper and simply write a list of all the steps involved. The secret is to break them down into really detailed small steps (e.g., take the file off the shelf, place it on the table, open it to page 10, etc.). Youll find yourself whizzing through your list and its this momentum that carries you through the rest of the task.
STEP 4: WHISTLE
Yes, you read correctly. Once youve written your list, simply take the first step and whistle while you work. Try it doing it now without smiling! Youll notice that it quickly shifts your mood and makes you realize how ridiculous youre being. Itll help you take that all important first step, and then motivate you to move on to the next one. By taking small steps forward, before you know it youll have finished completely. And whats more, you would have done it with a smile on your face too!
Finally, dont let procrastination hold you back from reaching your goals and highest potential this year. If youd like some extra support and inspiration to stay motivated and on track, why not sign up for my free downloadable One Big Gulp! Kit, which you will find at www.onebiggulp.com. Remember, its your life, your choice, so live your greatest life!