5 Mindfulness Helps to Overcome Procrastination
Mindfulness is a powerful tool to help us overcome procrastination that delays or postpones tasks. It’s easy to avoid completion of tasks when we feel overwhelmed, bored, or simply don’t know where to start.
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Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and surroundings without judgment. By focusing on the present and being aware of those thoughts and feelings, we can become more mindful of our procrastination habits and take steps to overcome them.
1. Mindfulness Helps to Understand Why We Procrastinate
One of the first steps in overcoming procrastination is understanding why we do it. When mindful of our thoughts and feelings, we can identify the underlying reasons for procrastination. As an example, we might procrastinate from fear of failure or being overwhelmed by the task. Once we understand WHY we procrastinate, we can take steps to overcome it.
2. Mindfulness Helps Break Tasks into Manageable Steps
When we’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s challenging to know where to start. With mindfulness, we can break larger tasks into smaller, manageable steps. When you walk from one room to another, you get there one step at a time. Why not use that approach with your tasks and life goals?
3. Mindfulness Helps With Focus
One reason we procrastinate is distraction. With mindfulness, we can train our minds to stay focused. When present in the moment, we can avoid being sidetracked by other thoughts or distractions and stay focused on the task.
4. Mindfulness Reduces Stress
Stress is a significant barrier to productivity, and often the reason we procrastinate. By practicing mindfulness, we can reduce our stress level, making it easier to stay focused and productive. Mindfulness helps to manage our stress. When aware of the moment, we reduce the occurrence of negative thoughts and feelings.
5. Mindfulness Supports Motivation
Mindfulness supports our motivation and commitment to our tasks. When aware of our thoughts and feelings, we can recognize lost motivation and take active measures to re-engage.
1. Start by setting aside 5-10 minutes each day to practice mindfulness. Just a few moments a day can make a difference.
2. Find a quiet and comfortable place to sit or lie down and close your eyes.
3. Focus on your breath, and try to keep your attention on your breath as you inhale and exhale.
4. If your mind wanders, gently bring your attention back to your breath.
5. As you practice mindfulness, focus on your thoughts and feelings. Notice patterns or habits that might contribute to your procrastination.
6. Finally, use your mindfulness practice to help you stay focused and motivated.
In conclusion, mindfulness is a powerful tool to overcome procrastination and create productive habits.
About the Author
Anthony M. Davis is a Certified Leadership, Success and Stress Coach. He is a clinically trained Board Certified Hypnotherapist.
He has earned a national reputation for his Transformative Life Centering work with clients from across the nation. His unique approach helps clients remove underlying fears and triggers, and then through coaching, helps them pursue and accomplish life and career goals.
He provides coaching and Hypnotherapy sessions remotely through Zoom. If you have challenges with procrastination, Contact him HERE to create the life change you desire.
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