Thursday, June 15, 2006

Procrastination & your Health

Is this a concept that resonates with you? Yes, I know … you will “do it later” or you “just haven’t gotten to it yet”.

Well let me tell you something about procrastination that you may not know … it could have an impact on your overall health and well-being!

I know, you are probably saying "What? How's that possible?"

Yes, when you procrastinate you are putting off something that supposedly you want to do and what happens is, it is constantly in the back of your mind, whether consciously or subconsciously. The thing that you are procrastinating to do ends up being a toleration, something you are tolerating not having done yet … but want to do.

Tolerations drain you of your energy. Tolerations add to your stress level.

So why do you put off those things that you want to do?

Here are a few of my theories:

1) You really don’t want to do them and they are a “should”. Well, stop “shoulding” all over yourself and put the “shoulds” in the garbage.

2) What you want to do appears to be a huge project that appears overwhelming. Well, my answer to that … baby steps. Identify one minor action step that you can take towards what you want to achieve and just do that one thing. You’re one step closer to getting the big project done!

3) You have excuses up the ying yang! Look … life is short. Do you want to do it or not? If no, then drop it. If yes, then make a list of how you will feel when you have completed this thing you want to do. Get in the moment of already having it completed. Live it. Breathe it.
Act “as if” it’s already done. Give yourself enough motivation to move forward with it and stop procrastinating.

4) You need someone to hold you accountable. Hey, don’t laugh. I have heard of coaches who have held accountability sessions with a group of clients “Get ‘er done day”… a scheduled day where people check in at the top of the hour with a life coach and call in every hour to report their progress and get further motivation to keep on going. By the end of that day … each client’s project (that they have been putting off forever) is done! Amazing! Isn't it?

5) You tell yourself the story that you don’t have enough time to do it. Well, if you have been meaning to de-clutter your basement and all of a sudden you are hit with a massive flood in the basement, you will clean it then … won’t you? You get the point. You can make the time. Remember, one small action step at a time. Sometimes the one step gives you all the momentum you need to keep on going.

So, what have you been procrastinating?

Do your health a favor and take an action step today towards getting that thing accomplished. If not, just forget about it and do something else that you are really juiced about!

Warmest Regards,
Maria C. Lesetz
Lovin' Life
Certified Wellness Coach for Doctors
& Motivational Speaker

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