Reflections: Procrastination and distractions – how do they impact your life?

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Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear – Norman Vincent Peale

A new month starts and can’t believe it’s already September – we start the last quarter of the year and I think… where did the rest of the year go? Time flies!

Do you sometimes have the feeling that time passes and you haven’t done much? Do you tend to procrastinate things? I’m not a huge procrastination myself, I’m more inclined to eat the frog first so I can move on and do things I enjoy. I have to admit though, that sometimes I do. And I also get distracted VERY easily – the phone rings, someone comes to talk to you, an email arrives into your inbox, text message, what’s app message, etc.

It’s hard to get things done and focus when you are a procrastinator or get distracted very easily. Something I’ve found that works for me in order to get better at it is the following (and remember, you need to find what works for YOU):

  • Understanding that when I eliminate procrastination from my life I get important benefits:
    • Sometimes we procrastinate because of fear, so if we take action and do that thing that makes us feel scared, the fear disappears and we gain confidence. Most times, it wasn’t that scary and hard!
    • When we take action, our creativity unleashes and our natural qualities / attributes shine.
    • Our self-esteem grows: we take action, gain confidence, realised we can do it (it wasn’t that hard after all), inspiration shines and we are aware of our real self and value. It can only get better!
    • We get a new level of experience or ability. We realised we can do it so we keep trying and getting better at it (and new things) – we keep learning and enriching ourselves.
  • Power sessions. Those work really well for me when I need to focus on something and get it done. It’s a very easy concept, it just requires discipline. How do I do it? I start my day by having a cup of tea and my moment of gratitude, then I stop to do my mindful breathing for few minutes (sometimes accompanied by couple of yoga exercises) and review my day’s schedule. Then I choose two or three tasks that need to be done (professional/personal) and decide which ones require my immediate attention so I book them in for my power session. How it works is:
    • Get rid of distractions: silence my phone, close my email, if at work I move to a quiet room, etc.
    • Spend few minutes visualising what I want to create and why. What value it is going to create.
    • I make myself fully present in the now and what I want to achieve.
    • I focus and do the task.

And you might thing that it’s easier said than done. You are right! Actually, I’ve been procrastinating for a month the refurbishment of my coming daughter changing table. When we moved into our new home a month and a half ago I decided to refurbish an old set of drawers instead of buying a new one. I got super excited and thought it’d be a great idea. The roadblock was (and is) that I have no idea how to do it. I’ve been procrastinating it with the excuse of having to sort other things in the house first, but reality is that now everything is organised and I can do it. So yesterday I decided to stop procrastinating! Let’s do it – I’ll need to book few different power sessions to do it (one to learn how, go to buy materials, and one or two more to get it done). I’m determined to do it this month – watch out for an accountability photo!

As I wrote in my previous post, this is just something that works for me and you need to find what works for YOU. I just hope that it might empower some of you. Would love to hear what works and doesn’t work for you, and if the above somehow supports what you are already doing.

With lots of love,

Laia x