Procrastination

Hypnotherapy for Procrastination in Dundee

What is procrastination?

There is a famous saying ‘procrastination is the thief of time’ which neatly sums up procrastination. We procrastinate when we avoid or delay doing a task which needs to be done – putting off until tomorrow or next week what could and should be done today. Both in our professional and personal lives, procrastination can cause problems and feelings of guilt, inadequacy and stress, as tasks remain uncompleted or mount up, deadlines pass and time is wasted. Procrastination can make us feel unproductive and demotivated.

 

There are many reasons why people procrastinate, amongst them anxiety about the task, feeling negative or perceiving the task as difficult. Procrastination is often a symptom of an underlying problem such as not wanting to achieve the objective enough, or not having clear goals about what you are aiming for. In this sense, procrastination is at the opposite end of the spectrum to motivation; energy, drive and clarity are missing, the goals are unclear, and nothing is achieved.

 

 

SMART goals – boosting your self-motivation

Setting positive and realistic goals is a good way to tackle procrastination and kick start your motivation. SMART goals are objectives that are:

 

  • Specific – well defined and focused, not woolly or vague in wording

  • Measurable – you need to be able to monitor your progress and know when you have reached your target

  • Achievable – your goal needs to be something that you can reach, otherwise you will become demotivated

  • Relevant – goals need to be appropriate to your overall purpose, whether at work or in your personal life

  • Timebound – goals should have a deadline to be completed or reviewed by

Approaching tasks or projects in SMART terms will be an enormous help. It’s also a good idea to break larger tasks into smaller goals; people often procrastinate because an objective seems just too large to tackle, and they literally don’t know where to start. A ‘small gains’ strategy will benefit this type of situation as you can approach your task in smaller, manageable chunks and tick off milestones as you go, so that you can see you really are getting somewhere.

 

How can hypnotherapy help with procrastination?

Hypnotherapy can help you to visualise and mentally rehearse reaching your goals, using the power of your imagination to build your self-belief and confidence. Hypnotherapy also has an aspect of self-discovery, in that it can help you to analyse why you are procrastinating, unpick the problems and overcome the barriers that you are holding you back from achieving your goals. It can also help you to formulate goals in an unconscious manner, so that it almost becomes second nature.