We all have days when we struggle to focus and everything feels like an uphill battle but if you find yourself unable to complete even simple tasks quickly and easily, you could have issues with procrastination.
You’ve no doubt heard the saying “why do today what you can put off until tomorrow” (or variations of this phrase, at least) and this pretty much sums up what procrastination is all about.
The biggest sign that procrastination is a problem for you comes in the form of putting off things that you know you ought to do today (and in some cases, this is non-negotiable but you still find yourself delaying on it).
Sometimes, this will be due to factors outside of your control such as not having enough information to complete a particular task well) but it can also have a more emotional basis (as you’ll see in the next section).
Signs of Procrastination
If these things apply to you, you may well have issues around procrastination:
Not being able to focus for very long at a time (or at all, in some cases)
Being easily distracted (for example, playing games or spending time on social media when you really
Feeling frustrated, guilty, stressed and anxious that you’re not getting things done
Feeling overwhelmed by what you have to do and not feeling able to get started on anything
All of these can be triggered and exaggerated by some broader feelings about yourself including a lack of confidence in your ability to do the task(s) that you’re stalling on and a fear of not being successful in your efforts.
How Hypnotherapy Can Reduce Procrastination
If the issue is because you feel that the task is too daunting and this is stopping you from being motivated enough to even get started on it, setting goals that break down the bigger picture into smaller mini projects that feel more achievable can be the best way to go. These mini goals give you a clear focus of what you need to and can be easily measured so you can feel that you’re making progress towards the end goal.
If confidence and fear are the driving factors behind your procrastination, you may benefit from hypnotherapy to tackle these feelings and remove the main barrier to getting things done.
Here are 3 ways that hypnotherapy can help you to overcome procrastination issues:
#1 – Understanding the Problem
There can be a few different factors involved in procrastination and you may not recognise what is driving your problem in particular.
This is where hypnotherapy can be really useful in overcoming procrastination issues and helping you to pinpoint the factor(s) that are holding you back. This knowledge can go a long way towards breaking down these barriers so you can work on them and overcome your procrastination issues.
#2 – Setting Goals
Setting goals can be a great way to counteract procrastination but it’s not always as easy as it might seem.
Hypnotherapy can help you to set yourself realistic, achievable goals that can be useful in different areas of your life, especially for tasks that you’re struggling to even get started on.
This can even become second nature so you barely even have to think about how to set goals and it just happens naturally.
#3 – Preparation
Set out everything you need to get started easily and quickly. Just get it started and the rest will flow.
If you create a comfortable area for reading or studying then it is more enticing to sit down and get started.
If everything is ready and laid out neatly, then it is also more enticing to sit down and get started.
#4 – Visualising Your Goals
With procrastination, it’s often the case that you’ll know what you need to do but you can’t get going with it. Hypnotherapy can help you to visualise your goals and rehearse them in your mind. If you can ‘see’ yourself achieving your goal, you’re a lot more likely to actually achieve it.
Preparing for your goals in this way can help with procrastination that is linked to your self-confidence, especially if you’re afraid of failing at a particular task or feel that it’s too far out of your comfort zone for you to do it well.