The main reason for procrastination is poor habits developed over time along with poor self-discipline. To work on changing unproductive thoughts and behaviour, small tasks is a good way to start, so the task ahead is not overwhelming and small steps does not feel like a mountain to climb. This can help you to get motivated for the next task ahead. This method sounds very simple but putting in practice can take perseverance and time to develop, as forming new habits takes persistence along with patients. Be aware of time on social media platforms as this is a big issue for many and it may eat into your day, and if it is, do not look at your mobile for emails or messages any more than necessary. Research shows that when a person is engaged with social media, they can lose 1,5 hours of the day. That’s a lot of time that can be used more effectively. Think about what bad habits eats into your time on a daily basis? If you are frustrated about lack of motivation and its creating stress through procrastination it can be changed by self-awareness while creating new healthy habits.” Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today”. By prioritising tasks and putting a structure to your day in place, while being aware of distractions and old unhealthy habits.
Counselling can help to talk through unwanted habits while working with you to develop new healthy ones while supporting you in developing a structure to your daily life to make it more productive and fulfilling.
Jacinta Bourke is a counsellor and psychotherapist operating in the Ealing W5 and surrounding areas. She is a member of BACP - the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.