Have you ever thought about how procrastination takes hold, and what to do about it? If you ever suffer from this bad habit there’s also a tapping video here to help you stop procrastinating.
Another thing you can do is to reflect on the underlying reasons for your procrastination. The better you understand why you might be dilly-dallying, the more likely you’ll be able to find ways to get yourself back on track to achieving what you want and need to do.
1) What underlying stress is causing you to procrastinate?
2) How can you forgive yourself?
3) What about this project is difficult or uncomfortable?
4) How can you make it more manageable?
5) What will motivate you to do something new or different?
Of course, I had to give it a go for myself.
I have a project I’m working on that I have a year to complete, and I’m half way through that deadline. However, while I’ve been gathering lots of the necessary information and running various meetings and so on, I’ve not done any of the reports that are required. So, what’s going on?
I drew cards from the Spirit Within Tarot (Schiffer, 2017):
1) What underlying stress is causing me to procrastinate? – Temperance
I look at that DJ and think: he has to choose a track each from both records. He has to figure out whether to mix them in the intro, verse, bridge, chorus or outro of each. He has to balance the speeds between the two if they’re not the same. It’s complicated!
Yeah, I’ve got a lot going on right now. There’s my day job, which got way more complicated this year. I’ve got family commitments. And I have a hobby job I adore as well as studies I’m following. So, it’s hard to keep all these bits in mind, to give them all the energy they require, and it’s stressing me out.
2) How can I forgive myself? – Seven of Wands
Perhaps acknowledging that these worries and stresses have had me on the defensive will help. I’ve spent my whole time battling the shoulds, because there are rather a lot of them. That’s pretty understandable, and doesn’t mean I’m weak or pathetic or lazy.
3) What about this project is difficult or uncomfortable? – The Hanged Man
I do love this version of the Hanged Man! Steven has placed him at a distance, and hanging from a lovely tree. The tree’s branches are bare, though other trees appear to have leaves on them. A suggestion of the changing seasons. And there’s a big mountain in the background, highlighting the enormity of this project. Plus the guy is dangling from one foot: he’s not going anywhere any time soon!
It’s true, this project I’m struggling with has multiple moving parts, so to speak. It is a big task that spreads across a year, with lots of different things to do. And in the meantime I’m stuck in limbo with it uncompleted. I don’t yet have everything I need to write all the reports, even if I wanted to…
4) How can I make it more manageable? – Five of Cups
This figure is sitting by the river’s edge. Most of his cups are spilled, and he appears to be looking into the river that’s washing away their contents, rather than looking at the one cup left standing.
I see a message here of acknowledging what is ‘water under the bridge’. I can’t change what has happened so far. The only thing I can do is take charge of things as they are now. And a bit of emotional resilience would go a long way in helping with that.
Sinking into melancholy and watching the river pass is no good at all. Rather, I can fill my cup and take a nice, deep drink to fortify me.
5) What will motivate me to do something new or different? – Six of Swords
Hmm, punting to calmer waters, taking my ideas with me… a change of scene of some kind seems recommended.
Or perhaps this is referring back to the Five of Cups. I need to get myself on a move even keel, emotionally. Less stress equals less procrastination. Taking a planned break could definitely help motivate me. However, I mustn’t entirely forget the project and get distracted: I have to take those ideas with me.
This reminds me of the fact that sleeping on a problem often helps. So, something to give my mind a break, without leaving everything behind. I have an idea what this could be. There’s some CPD I’ve been wanting to do. As it’s on the same topic as the project, it might give me some new inspiration, as well as counting towards my continuing professional development 😀
I hope you like this spread. Clarifying what’s up, and getting some suggestions about how to forgive and motivate yourself, can definitely help beat procrastination. Let me know how you get on with it!