Five Unique Ways to Deal With Procrastination

Five Unique Ways to Deal With Procrastination

If you didn’t procrastinate, you’d be one of the most powerful people in the world. You’d utilize your time effectively and get a lot of things done each day. Over time, that’s an incredibly powerful way to live.

Unfortunately, we all seem to have a villain inside that tries to thwart our plans at every turn. He makes every other activity seem so enjoyable and the thing we need to do so unenjoyable.

Procrastination can be an incredibly challenging obstacle to overcome.

Deal with your procrastination and beat the villain inside with these strategies:

1.  Do the task immediately. The longer you think about doing something, the more reasons your mind will invent to keep you from doing it. Have you ever noticed how you get a great idea, but then you talk yourself out of doing it? It’s the same idea.

–  Before you have a chance to think about it, just do it. The longer you linger, ponder, think, relax, or stall, the less likely you’ll be to do anything. You only have a few seconds to take action before your brain will start getting in your way. 1-2-3-GO!

2.  Set a time limit. This can be especially helpful when tackling a big task. Rather than trying to do it all at once, tell yourself that you’ll work for an hour, or 30 minutes, or whatever works for you. Knowing that you have a set ending point can ease the challenge of getting started.

–  Once you get busy, you might find that you just keep on working after the time has expired.

–  Using a timer is also a great way to focus your attention. It’s interesting how much more you can accomplish when you’re racing against the clock.

3.  Only do a tiny bit. Getting started is often the most difficult part. Make it so easy to get started that you can’t possibly fail. Need to write a history paper for school or a report for work? Tell yourself that you’re just going to do one paragraph. If that’s too hard, make it a single sentence.

–  Again, after you get started, you might decide to keep on going. It’s amazing what a little momentum can do.

4.  Start with the big items. We like to start the day with the easy things, the things that won’t take too much time. Unfortunately, the longer you put off doing the bigger stuff, the harder it is to get started on it. 

–  Avoid this situation by attacking those bigger, less pleasant tasks first thing in the morning. Save the easy stuff for later in the day. You’ll be able to have a more peaceful afternoon.

5.  Figure out your primary distractions at the moment and do them later. Those distractions can be so appealing. Whether it’s texting your friend about the weekend or playing a few more games of Candy Crush, distractions are more enjoyable than doing what actually needs to be done.

–  Use your distractions as rewards. Tell yourself you can do the thing you really want to do after you get a certain amount of work completed. You’ll get your work done and still have fun before the day is over.

How much do you procrastinate? How much does it impact your life? What could you accomplish if you could greatly reduce your procrastination?

There are many strategies for dealing with procrastination. The trick is to figure out which one works most effectively for you. Try the methods above and any other methods that appeal to you. Decide for yourself how to best manage your procrastination tendencies.

 

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Mistakes And Setbacks Are Stepping Stones To Success

Mistakes And Setbacks Are Stepping Stones To Success

Mistakes and setbacks are stepping stones to success.

Mistakes and setbacks happen in everyone’s life. I make mistakes and have setbacks, too. However, all successes involve obstacles that must be overcome.

I avoid negative feelings when it comes to mistakes and setbacks. Instead, I use them to my advantage.

It is impossible to avoid all obstacles when pursuing goals. Negative outcomes are learning opportunities. I learn from each imperfect result and develop a more effective approach for the next time.

I know with each setback that I am getting closer to my dream. In fact, the faster I make mistakes, the sooner I become successful!

Avoiding mistakes is a sure way to avoid success.

I am confident in myself and my abilities. A few mistakes here and there are to be expected. I always have faith in my ability to be successful. I am comfortable with mistakes.

When I am feeling discouraged, I remember that success has an unexpected path. There are always a few surprises along the way. I remember how I grow each time I deal with a mistake or setback.

Each journey to success helps me to grow as a person.

Today, I am free of concern regarding mistakes. I welcome mistakes into my life because I know that mistakes actually bring me closer to attaining my goals. Mistakes and setbacks are stepping stones to success.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. What is the greatest obstacle I have overcome so far in my life?
  2. What obstacles am I currently dealing with? What can I do to overcome them?
  3. How have I grown from past mistakes and setbacks?

 

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Zen Naturalism with Frank Jude Boccio

Zen Naturalism with Frank Jude Boccio

Poep Sa Frank Jude Boccio is a certified Yoga Teacher and Dharma Teacher, ordained by Korean Zen Master, Samu Sunim.

His eclectic approach is influenced by his study of a variety of Yoga approaches and his many years of Dharma practice, evidenced by his emphasis on mindfulness and compassionate action.

His book, Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind is the first to apply the Buddha’s mindfulness meditation teachings (satipatthana) to yogasana practice. 

On This Podcast Here is what you will Learn:

  • Mindfulness and Mindfulness Yoga: what it is and how does it differ from contemporary and traditional practices?
  • Zen Naturalism: what is it?
  • Buddhism and its relationship to Yoga
  • The value of the European Enlightenment values and the importance of critical thinking.

 

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How to be More Socially Confident

How to be More Socially Confident

Some people have social confidence to spare. It’s easy to see that some children are seemingly born with great social confidence, while others are not. Social confidence seems to come and go for most adults.

A serious lack of social confidence can lead to isolation and stifle career growth. If there’s one part of your life in which it pays to be confident, it’s in your social interactions.

Use these strategies to increase your social confidence and feel comfortable in all social situations:

1.  Practice. Every person that crosses your path is a practice partner for your social skills. The more practice you get, the better you’ll become at interacting with others. The better you become, the more confident you’ll feel. There are all kinds of things you can practice:

–  Eye contact
–  Small talk
–  Non-verbal communication
–  Telling jokes
–  And more

2.  Rehearse. Imagine yourself being successful socially. Before you head into a social situation, rehearse in your mind. See yourself being confident and competent. Imagine others responding to you in a positive way. In time, you’ll learn to feel the same way out in the real world.

3.  Adopt an effective attitude. It’s not a matter of life and death. No one is judging you or spending any of their time thinking about you. In fact, they’re probably wondering what you’re thinking about them.

–  Interacting with people in a social context should be fun and pleasant. Have a reasonable perspective on the situation.

4.  Focus on self-development. When you feel better about yourself, you’ll be more socially confident. Whether that means getting in shape, learning a new skill, or meditation, any enhancements you make will leave you feeling more confident.

5.  Learn. Learn about communication. Pick one area, such as nonverbal communication, and become an expert. Then, get out and practice. When you’ve mastered that, pick a new area to learn about. The more you know, the better you’ll become. That leads to real confidence.

6.  Avoid the need to be perfect. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to be the funniest person at the party. You don’t have to be the most charming person in the bar. Perfection is an unreasonable goal that leads to anxiety and a lack of confidence.

7.  Join a social group. You know a group of people that hang out together. It might be at work. It might be a friend that has a separate group of friends. See if you can join, too. Finding the right group of people can boost your social confidence.

–  Perhaps you already have a group of friends. Spend more time with them. Or, you might form your own group and become the social director!

8.  Combine social events with activities you’re good at. Are you a great softball player? Join a softball league. Are you an expert at riding a motorcycle? Join a motorcycle club. Find an activity you excel at and turn it into a social activity.

–  Make a list of everything you do better than the average person. Now, find a way to do that in a group setting. You might join a band, a chess club, or a group that square dances on the weekend.

Think about how much your life would change if you were more socially confident. How would it impact your career? How would your social life be affected?

It’s hard to think of any potential downside to having greater social confidence. If you weren’t lucky enough to be born with perpetual confidence, you’ll want to grow and nurture this important attribute.

 

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I am the architect and builder of my life.

I am the architect and builder of my life.

I am the architect and builder of my life.

I have the ultimate say in my life. Architects are only limited by their imagination when designing buildings. I am only limited by my imagination when designing my life.

I am the creator of my life. I am the creator of my dreams.

I know exactly what I want for myself and my life. My goals are crystal clear to me. I know where I am going in this world. I am taking steps each and every day to get there as quickly as possible.

I am patient, but I am persistent. I am constantly improving my plan for my life, but I spend each day moving my life in a positive direction.

I avoid making excuses for my life. I take full responsibility. When I blame others or my circumstances, I lose control. By taking full responsibility, I am also taking full control.

I am building my life one day at a time. I only have to lay one perfect brick each day to eventually have a magnificent life.

I enjoy the process as much as I do the end result. The little victories along the way encourage me to create an even bigger and bolder version of my ideal life.

Today, I am taking one good step toward the life I dream about each day. I am reminded of the control I have over my destiny. I am determined to exercise that destiny.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. What is my dream for my life?
  2. What can I do today to move in the direction of that vision?
  3. What am I willing to stop doing each day to make my dreams a reality?

 

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