YOU GOT THIS #WEEK4

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Wow, it’s already got to week 4 of my ‘You Got This!’ series.  I hope that January has been a successful and happy month for you! I think often we put so much pressure on ourselves to turn into a perfect human at the beginning of the year which is just not realistic.  I am trying to slowly and mindfully become more aware of weekly goals and how to achieve them more manageably. So, this  week I am going to focus on that little devil habit we all want to shift but struggle to – PROCASTINATION!

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Ironically I have checked my phone about four times before starting this post.  Why is it so hard?! Every day the world gets more distracting.  We are fed with so much technology that our brains can’t handle focusing on one thing before searching for the next stimulation.  Sometimes it takes me hours to do the simplest of tasks. I will have one email to send or an appointment to book and suddenly I am scrolling through my ‘second cousin’s friend’s sister’s’ holiday photos from last April on Facebook…

I have been discovering a few new ways this week to try and get more productive and procrastinate less.

First – a rule I was introduced to whilst listening to the Gretchen Rubin ‘Happier’ podcast.  In her podcast she helps people to lead happier lives with tips and tricks she has discovered over the years.  One of these is the ‘one minute rule’. Simply put, you must do any task that takes under one minute as soon as it presents itself.  Be it sending a short email, filling in a form, reading a letter and throwing it away, washing a plate, hanging up a coat.. and so on.  This will keep all those niggling tasks at bay and create more time for you to focus on bigger tasks.  It also stops you becoming overwhelmed and not knowing where to start as you will get all the little things done immediately as they present themselves.

Second – feeling proud and rewarding yourself if you get tasks done.  I don’t mean eating a bar of chocolate or watching a whole Netflix series after replying to one email, but if you use a reward scheme sensibly it can motivate you to get more done.  Maybe instead of watching that episode of Gilmore Girls (which could lead to 3 or 4 episodes…) before tidying the house, how about rewarding yourself with one episode after you finish tidying.  This will add some discipline to getting tasks done and you will feel so productive and fulfilled that you will enjoy the reward so much more.

Third – to tell people about your goals and aspirations.  Let your friends and family know about what you want to achieve over the next week, month or year and they are bound to help you stay on track.  It’s a great way to keep yourself accountable for your plans as they’re bound to ask you how everything is going.  It may just give you that motivation to get things done.  You can share tips on achieving goals and spur each other on when things get difficult.

It will be hard to completely stop procrastinating at times but hopefully these tips will help myself and you to be more productive and to keep taking steps forward to achieve all our amazing goals!

Let me know if you have any tips or suggestions of your own!

I wish you a wonderful week ahead!

YOU GOT THIS!

xxx

 

10 Comments

  1. January 30, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    I am so bad at procrastinating! Or do I mean I am so good at it? There is always something that distracts me from doing what I am supposed to do, even if it’s, just like you, my phone. Might have to start using your tips! 🙂

    • sohelena
      January 31, 2017 / 11:20 am

      Thanks for reading! Don’t worry I am exactly the same! We can both try out the tips this week, and hopefully can stick to them 🙂 Sometimes I just have to hide my phone in another room! xx

  2. January 30, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    I loved your piece! That series is such a nice idea. I feel like I want to do everything right now and become a better person overnight, but then I often become overwhelmed by it all, I nearly end up doing nothing 🙈🙈 great post 👍🏼

    • sohelena
      January 31, 2017 / 11:23 am

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed reading it 🙂 I’m exactly the same! I get overwhelmed so easily so am trying to break everything down to smaller daily goals 🙂 xx

  3. January 30, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    What you said about being plugged into the matrix is so, so true – you just have to watch the Broad City episode “The Matrix”! This was a fantastic post to read – your tips were eloquent, doable and they spoke to me. I can be a little restless at time, blogging has become part of my project for taking more pauses. I think that when you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, or a lifestyle which you’ve settled into, you can take that step towards even small achievements. I’m happy to have found your blog! ☺️

    • sohelena
      January 31, 2017 / 11:28 am

      Thanks so much! I’m so glad that you found the post helpful 🙂 I definitely agree with you that taking small steps towards your achievement is always the best way to keep on track!
      Thanks for the episode suggestion too, I will have to check it out! I haven’t actually seen any of Broad City before.
      Looking forward to checking out your blog 🙂
      xx

  4. January 31, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    I procrastinate soooo much (hence my blog name!) love reading that others do it as well! Love all the tips as well x x

    • sohelena
      January 31, 2017 / 1:56 pm

      Thank you lovely! Yes you are definitely not alone! 🙈☺ xx

    • sohelena
      February 1, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Thanks so much for your lovely message! 💕 very kind of you! Xx

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