Being at the peak of your creativity can do wonders, until you get overwhelmed by all the ideas and end up not doing any of them at all. I have felt really off focus lately. Spent most of my time eating, online shopping and meditating over the frustration that I just wasn’t sure where to start. Beauty, entrepreneurship, parenting, self care – my interests exploding with possibilities in my head. When you’re procrastinating, it’s probably because you feel overwhelmed and anxious about something important you need to do.
I’ve been caught in this struggle one too many times. So, I came up with these hacks to drag myself back into the zone.
WRITE IT DOWN
Write everything going on in your head down on paper. It get it out of your head and makes it physical so you can do something with it. This will significantly decrease your anxiety.
Overwhelm means you need to reprioritize. You know that list you made in step 1? Take a look at it and organize it. Mitigate your overwhelm by identifying the main causes. Then make a list of what would need to happen in order for you to feel better.
You just made an action plan. Now execute it. One of the most difficult things about overwhelm and procrastination is you don’t know where to start. You just did that. The hardest part is over.
Just commit 10 minutes
Getting to work is like going on a long run. The beginning is always the hardest. If you just go 5 or ten minutes, it will feel so good you’ll be unstoppable.
Find out what you usually do when slacking off and take control
We all do something. I watch live Taylor Swift performance videos, develop an appetite all of a sudden, book travel or research travel destinations and online shop. Limit yourself. Fix a time of the day when you’re only allowed to do it.
Do something that will throw you off
When I feel the urge to eat because I’m procrastinating, I just pop a handful of raw almonds in my mouth. There’s nothing less appetizing than a mouthful of raw almonds.
Watch your self-talk
Being hyper-aware of your procrastination can drag you down. If you tend to be hard on yourself (like me) it will only make things worse. Be patient, be encouraging and do something that will lift you up rather than bring you down. It can make or break you. Use the meditation technique and gently bring yourself back to GSD when you feel yourself wanting to procrastinate. GENTLY key word here.
Make a commitment to doing whatever it is you need to do and then tell yourself OUT LOUD AND in your head that you are a person who keeps their commitments. Like this, “I am a person who follows through with my commitments. I keep my word. I always do what I say I’m going to do. I find the path to keeping promises I make to myself and others.” Do it every day, all day. Do it at night before you go to bed and every morning when you wake up. Record yourself saying it and listen to that all day every day. Eventually you’ll do what you need to do because you’ll ALWAYS align with your identity. And if you’ve spent a lot of time and effort defining your identity with someone who accomplishes what they set out to accomplish then you will.
AND IF ALL ELSE FAILS
Procrastinate until you can’t procrastinate anymore. Eventually you’ll get bored, saturated, fed up and need a new scenery.