How to stop anxiety-related procrastination?
Last Updated: 04/21/2020 at 7:31am
Terrence Sawyer, MS Counseling Psychology
Drug & Alcohol Counselor
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Do a small step. For example if the thing is public speaking, we can start small by talking to ourselves in front of mirror, then we can start to talk with a single person. As the public speaking has certain topic to tell, then trying to learn a bit about the topic is also really helpful. Things may feel uneasy at first. If what we do is too uneasy, we can try to make it smaller. If the uneasy is still bearable, keep doing it until the uneasy gone, then we can try to make it bigger. Keep repeating this then we will feel amazed that we can do it even better than what we want at first.
It is very tough, we can't recognize that we are procrastinating. There are many ways it can be mitigated. I tried following from the list: 1) address at least one new procrastinated task everyday 2) do something very trivial everyday to feel accomplished first thing in the morning--making the bed, making coffee, cleaning/organizing one room, doing laundary, etc. Just one thing start to finish helps. Making things to do notes help some people too. Also, celebrate often after finishing task. The celebration could be talking to friend, ordering something online, sending gift to someone, etc. Meditation and mindfulness are very helpful. It may feel like 10-15 minutes wasted but consider that time for self care.
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