Do you struggle with procrastination? What about the lack of motivation? So many do and even identify as procrastinators. This belief can overrun our lives! It can even cause higher levels of stress, anxiety, fear, and a host of other negative feelings. This week we are taking a different approach to procrastination as we examine what these habits are at their roots and how our mindset and thinking patterns are the true culprits. From there, we are brain hacking our way out of our full stops and onto the path of true motivation in this week's one-on-one deep dive.
So, let's shift our perspective and our mindset toward thriving instead of habitually trying to survive.
01:35 Other names and behaviors procrastination goes by
02:52 A question many may have asked themselves: "Is this just who am I?"
03:44 Truth #1: Procrastination is a habit, not a character trait
05:06 A workable definition of procrastination
05:30 An example of true procrastination and an understanding of unnecessary factors
08:13 When these behaviors move from mild disruption to life stopping issues
09:30 The number one culprit at the root of both procrastination and lack of motivation is our thinking: the ins, outs, and the impact
12:15 Changing our self-prescribed labels and how the words we say to ourselves cements our thoughts into beliefs
16:00 The progression of procrastination that can easily be witnessed each time it begins, and how to stop it before it gets started once you understand its pattern
18:08 The Pattern Explained:
If we do not have a clear "how" and "why," we do not get started, and the snowball effect begins
20:16 Uncertainty rises, overthinking begins, and thus begins the negative thought cycle
20:55 Anxiety rises and takes over rational thought patterns
22:03 Deeper indecision occurs welcoming in forecasting and the dreaded "what ifs."
22:55 Anxiety is a loop and cycle: procrastination induces the loop
24:40 Additional behaviors and patterns that cause procrastination: #1 Fear of Failure, which is an enemy to motivation
26:08 #2 Lack of purpose: shifting our mindset around purpose. Purpose is not a one-off element, an all-encompassing umbrella. Everything we do has a purpose that can be disconnected from overall life purpose.
28:02 #3 Urgency Driven Mindset: what it is and how you may be engaging in it without knowing this is your mindset mainstay
29:59 #4 Perfectionism: how this is rooted in full stops
31:21 #5 Black and White Thinking or Polarized Thinking
34:10 Brain hacking our way to action
Brain Hack #1: Get into the root cause: The "why" and seek the pattern
35:23 Brain Hack #2: Listen to your inner conversation: what are you saying to yourself and disrupt the conversation with truth
37:18 Brain Hack #3: Look at your physical activity and change your patterns
39:29 Brain Hack #4: The 20-Minute Chunk Down: Removing distractions and putting effort into 20 minutes of set time
41:23 Brain Hack #5: Putting rewards in place to get started: What do you have to gain through action?
42:39 Additional practical tools to help you act: A targeted, specifically focused to-do list, the 10-minute rule, and pair your most challenging tasks with a support system
48:12 Self-care in the most authentic form: When we burn out, we procrastinate as a form of self-preservation. Ways to engage in self-care: Adopting a mindset of physical and mental health a priority.
· Look at your thinking patterns and behaviors
· Saying no to extra obligations
· Showing up for yourself first
· Setting boundaries
· Standing up for yourself
· Being mindful
· Making your emotional health a priority
· Knowing your limits and capabilities
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