Overcoming Procrastination to Achieve Clarity

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Most of the time when we think of vision improvement, we think of the physical eyes.

But there is so much more that influences blur – including our mindset and our emotions. One of the habits that can contribute to blur is procrastination.

Intuitive vision coach Trisha Kirby brought light to this topic on Clear Vision Wednesday with a talk called “Seeing Past Procrastination.”

Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing tasks, which can stem from underlying emotional and mental components. It’s not just the big tasks but also the small, everyday ones that contribute to the habit of procrastination.

Common areas of procrastination

  • Being on time: Many of us procrastinate getting ready and showing up on time, leading to a constant rush.
  • Home repairs: Delaying necessary home repairs due to various reasons like cost, time, or complexity.
  • Completing online courses: Starting online courses but not finishing them due to distractions.
  • Organizing our home: Postponing cleaning or organizing spaces due to emotional attachments or the daunting nature of the project.
  • Planning travel: Putting off travel plans because of concerns about time, money, or health.
  • Pursuing dreams and future goals: Delaying dreams and goals, often out of fear or uncertainty about ourselves or our future.

How we procrastinate

  • Apathy and ignoring tasks: Hoping that ignored tasks will eventually go away.
  • Seeking dopamine and instant gratification: Using social media, TV, and other distractions to get instant gratification, which fuels procrastination (short term rewards override longer term rewards).
  • Emotional responses: Fear, anxiety, and perfectionism can lead to procrastination as a way to avoid potential failure or judgment.

Procrastination’s impact on vision

Stress from procrastination can cause physical and mental strain, leading to blurry vision and other health issues. The fight-or-flight response triggers stress, impacting our sympathetic nervous system and well-being.

Practical Tips to Overcome Procrastination

Prioritizing tasks

  • Eisenhower priority matrix: Divide tasks into four quadrants: urgent and important, important but not urgent, urgent but not important, and neither urgent nor important. Focus on tasks that are both urgent and important first, and notice if you procrastinate with the unimportant and not urgent tasks.

The WOOP Method

  • Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan: Create an intention or goal, visualize your desired outcome, identify obstacles, and create a plan to overcome them.

Time management

  • Time blocking: Set aside specific time blocks for different tasks, scheduling high-focus tasks during your most productive times.
  • Pomodoro technique: Set a timer for short intervals (e.g., 15 minutes) to stay focused on a task.

Reducing distractions

  • Avoid checking emails and social media first thing in the morning.
  • Create a neat and organized workspace.
  • Do your daily chores early.

Building positive habits

  • Reward yourself for completing tasks.
  • Be self-aware and practice mindfulness to understand the root causes of procrastination.

Psychosensory techniques

  • Neurovascular Point Holding: Gently hold points on your forehead to bring energy back into the prefrontal cortex which is our problem-solving center.
  • EFT and Tapping: Tap on acupressure points to relieve stress.
  • Havening: Use gentle positive touch techniques to calm your nervous system.

Reframing your thinking

  • Change negative thoughts about tasks into neutral or positive ones.
  • Focus on the benefits of completing tasks and who you become in the process.

Self-compassion

  • Be kind to yourself and avoid self-criticism.
  • Encourage yourself like a supportive coach or cheerleader.

Implementing These Strategies

By incorporating these strategies into your daily routine, you can overcome procrastination, reduce stress, and achieve greater clarity and fulfillment in your life. Remember, overcoming procrastination is a journey. Start with small steps, be patient with yourself, and celebrate every victory along the way.

Watch the whole episode with Trisha Kirby

You can connect with Trisha via her website www.trishakirby.com.

Claudia Muehlenweg has helped thousands of people enhance their natural eyesight and overall well-being. She is deeply passionate about reconnecting clients with their purpose, confidence, and freedom.
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Tagged with: EFT, Eisenhower priority matrix, habits, havening, mental strain, Neurovascular Point Holding, Procrastination, Stress, tapping, time management, WOOP Method

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