I’m sure you’ll understand me when I tell you that I’ve wanted to write an article about using hypnosis to stop procrastinating for such a long time, but I just keep putting it off! Procrastination – that annoying habit of consistently putting off doing things that you know you have to do. It happens to all of us from time to time, but for some, it can turn into more than just an occasional annoyance. It can become problematic to the point that it interferes with one’s ability to finish school, to work dependably, or to fulfill one’s potential.
What exactly is procrastination?
“According to psychologist Professor Clarry Lay, a prominent writer on procrastination, procrastination occurs when there’s ’a temporal gap between intended behavior and enacted behavior.’ That is, procrastination is occurring when there’s a significant time period between when people intend to do a job, and when they actually do it.” – Overcoming Procrastination
Perhaps one of the most frustrating things about procrastination is the fact that we can’t blame anyone but ourselves for not following through with our obligations. This fact may be to our detriment, but it is also to our benefit. Because no one else is responsible for our procrastination, we have the absolute power to diminish and/or eliminate procrastination on our own. This is where hypnosis comes in.
Using hypnosis to eliminate procrastination is a fairly common request from clients at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon. Simply by giving the suggestion to attend to any tasks at hand the moment you recognize them you can train yourself to respond favorably to your daily tasks and obligations. However, it’s important to take a good look at the tasks and obligations you are putting off and determine the nature of those obligations. Are you in the habit of agreeing to do things you really don’t want to do, or are not qualified to do? If so, that’s a good place to start!
It’s important to note that putting things off is not always a sign of procrastination. At times, it is necessary to prioritize and put some things off until other more important tasks are completed.
Here’s a checklist you can use to determine if you are procrastinating.
- Do you tend to fill your day attending to low priority tasks?
- Do you read your emails repeatedly without starting work on them, or deciding whether or not to keep them?
- When you sit down to start working on an important task, do you jump up and fix a cup of coffee, check your email again, or distract yourself with something else?
- Do important tasks remain on your to-do list for a long, long time?
- Do you agree to help others with their tasks at the expense of taking care of your own obligations?
- Do you find that you can only attend to your tasks when you are in the right mood, or it’s the right time?
Using hypnosis to treat procrastination is a great way to identify the underlying benefits of putting things off, and find a better way to meet those needs. At Intuitive Hypnosis I help many clients overcome procrastination by developing meaningful reward systems for accomplishing tasks, and focusing on how good it feels to finish them.
For many, procrastination is the natural consequence of poor organization. Learning to implement some organizational tools such as setting goals, keeping a to-do list, and learning how to use an organizational calendar can help diminish the bad habit of procrastination. Hypnosis is an excellent way to develop the discipline, or the good habit of taking care of business on time.
There are many reasons for procrastination. Sometimes we have so much on our plate we become overwhelmed and just tune it all out. Other times the tasks and obligations we are responsible for are just plain unpleasant. And for some, procrastination comes about because we can’t make a decision, or we’re afraid we’ll make a mistake. If procrastination is creating stress in your life and keeping you from moving forward, consider using hypnosis as a means of getting over that obstacle. You’ll be glad you did!