Breaking the cycle of procrastination will reduce your stress
Have you ever thought as you looked at the little piece of paper lying on the floor “I will do it later”, have you ever thought I will just watch this movie and then I will get started on my assignment” have you ever decided that you must have that nap when there is a pile of dishes to be put away or washed?
Putting things off until later as a strategy for accomplishment rarely succeeds.Procrastination can contribute to our low mood and an overwhelming sense of failure. If we have lived our life with this strategy we can start to feel that we are being left behind.
For some setting the goal is not the problem they can do that all the time every day and have numerous ideas. Often great ideas. But their ideas get lost in ether because they never get written down and the first step to getting started on them is often way too big.
How to get started? We need to take a step, do one thing however small to action. A plan for accomplishment is a series of small, doable steps.
What would you like to accomplish if you could just take that little step?
If the first step is too big you are less likely to take it.
Taking little steps in the direction of our desired goal is the key to success. Let’s go back to picking that paper off the floor.
The smallest step to take to accomplish this is to walk toward the paper, the second step is to bend your body the third step is to lift the paper up and the fourth step is to take it to the bin. If we are not taking the first step it is too big and so we need to come up with an even smaller step.