Stop Procrastination Now: The Only 5 Letter Word You Need
We all know how defeating procrastination can feel. Just the idea that there is something that we nag ourselves to do, but somehow, never make up our minds to actually do, is not such a great feeling. How many times have you set out to make a New Year’s Resolution or start a new diet on a set day, only to arrive at that date and find the many routines of your life taking over? Whether it’s cleaning out your attic, sending your proposal to a prospective client, organizing a new carpool for your kids, or finishing your thesis, there are always things to do and therefore, always things to procrastinate doing. Learning how to manage stress in a time like this may seem like a never ending balancing act.
In many cases, it’s also a good idea to look at why you are procastinating a certain thing. Maybe it’s not so important to you afterall, maybe you’re overwhelmed by the amount of time and energy it requires, maybe you’re afraid of the changes involved in completing that action. We will cover more on these types of fears in an upcoming post, but for now, let’s look at what you can do to end your procrastination today.
Here is: The Single 5 Letter Word You Need To Overcome Procrastination:
Here’s why the second version will end your procrastination today:
Focus sounds pretty simple, and in essence, it really is. But I’ve tried many times to apply just the word focus and it didn’t always work out so well, so I’d like to share with you a system that exists within that word. This system greatly enhanced my motivation surrounding the daunting task that I would procrastinate, and it also helped the outcome of that dauntiing task. At Laughs Heal, we like acronyms (see s.m.a.r.t., the 5 day challenge) because acronyms make things easier to remember, so here’s the system in its acronymic form:
F: is for finalize
Here you want to start with the final end result. Why? Because that is the picture that will fuel your motivation, and that motivation is essential for knowing how to manage stress effectively. Then you will want to prioritize your finalized pictures. This will show you the macro planning for the tasks you used to procrastinate, what you would like to see changed, and why it’s so important to do it.
It will also help you to see why procrastination used to win out in the past. For example, if it’s something like cleaning out your attic or basement, first concentrate on that finalized picture of a clean, neat, well-organized attic or basement and how good that makes you feel. Look for some added benefit that finalized picture gives you.
For example, will it relieve stress when you go to look for things? If it’s the diet, will it improve your physical health and mental/emotional self-esteem? In order to really overcome procrastination, it’s important for you to determine if the task is really something you want and need, or not.
If the task is something you don’t truly want or need, then it’s not a question of procrastination, and the finalization will give you that clarity, so finalize your finished project to see what is really important. You can get lots of great tips on how to organize by checking out this website: Life Organizers
O: is for objectives
This is your micro planning, your road map to accomplishing the task. Once you have finalized what kind of priority it is and it’s real importance in your life, your micro planning is where you set out to plan how you would get it done. You might try using creative visualization to better understand your micro planning points in determining how many hours, days, weeks, etc. the entire project will take Referring to the s.m.a.r.t. 5 day challenge, you understood how important it is to be realisitc about the time factor.
I work with deadlines all the time and in a busy day, I can relate to the difficulty in trying to carve out some “extra time” for accomplishing new tasks. It might mean managing your time more efficiently. Look for ways to carve out some extra time.
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C: C is for that 4 letter foul word removal
If you really want to apply the F and the O, then the word can’t needs to vanish from your vocabulary. People who learn how to manage stress effectively start by letting go of defeating words, so that’s an important thing for you to consider.
If your intention is to stop procrastination, then this is a good time to concentrate on all you can do to get your task done and drop the rest. This is important for managing mental and emotional stress, as well.
The 4 letter foul word only defeats your purpose and that can leave you feeling frustrated, so listen to the way you talk and listen to the way you think. Whenever you hear that 4 letter word come out of your mouth or sneak into your thoughts, just pause and nip it in the bud by changing it to an I Can statement.
U: U is for YOU, of course!
You can also think of it as the way you plan to “untie” yourself from your previous routines and thought patterns so that you can see where you can implement the F, O, and C. Your objective to eliminate this nagging thing you’ve been procrastinating comes first!
It might mean keeping yourself free of negative situations where the 4 letter foul word tends to slip out. It might mean foregoing a few nights of your favorite prime-time tv show, or missing Saturday’s game with the fellas. But the feeling of accomplishment and enhanced self-esteem you get once you tackle your procrastination head on and win, is well worth it!
S: S is for Self-Talk
You can fuel your winning over procrastination by keeping yourself geared up with positive self-talk! You need to be your own best friend at a time like this because you are literally moving mountains within yourself! You need all of the encouragement you can get, so start by encouraging yourself.
Commit strongly to this practice and you will see it not only get your procrastinated tasks completed, but it will also help you to achieve in other areas of your life, as well. This is a very effective tool for managing stress, which is inevitable whenever you set out to do a task you’ve previously procrastinated. If it were such an easy, stress free task, maybe you wouldn’t have procrastinated, right?
This is a great method for learning how to manage stress effectively by applying new habits. Try this new one word, 5 letter system for overcoming procrastination! You can begin by sharing the one thing you commit to accomplishing by writing it in the comments section below. I love hearing from you, so please let me know how it worked out for you!