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Procrastinate Now…Panic Later

How much do you actually accomplish when fully engaged in avoidance mode? Is doing the worst, first, anathema to you? Have you spent hours responding to e-mails when you need to prepare for tomorrow’s board meeting? Are you the person who believes that tight timelines and the accompanying pressure, force you to focus and thus produce your finest work? When did anxiety become your best frenemy and truthfully, what does it take to get you back on track?

Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left? FIVE !That’s the difference between deciding and doing!

Even the most motivated individuals are not always on task. And often the most seemingly busy people, those constantly occupied, are in reality accomplishing very little. Yet, the TV watcher, who we can readily identify is perhaps the most honest of all…doing nothing.

When you are in action; cleaning, reorganizing, or purging the space, it feels like you are industrious. A pile of clothes to donate, a clean workspace, an organized garage all contribute to strong visual affirmations. Activity like this is measurable, producing immediate results, unlike the outcomes from other endeavors that may not be so obvious.

One client, who dreaded tax season, always scheduled a major home renovation simultaneously, compounding her anxiety. Her assumption was that as long as she was going to be sequestered in her home office anyway, she could also supervise the other projects too. After the “dust” settled, we looked at the consequences of her actions and how this compromised her relationships, health and overall well-being. The physical upheaval around her made it easier to avoid focusing on the task at hand, her tax filings, which were the deadline specific priority. Once she was able to see that it was possible to do some preparation monthly, her calendar became her most effective planning tool. With long term goals in place for the year ahead, she was able to space projects, arrange her time commitments accordingly and never have a contractor near her home in the spring.

  1. What are you procrastinating about?

  2. What is one small step that you can take now?

  3. Write it down

  4. Put it in your calendar

  5. Do it!

However comfortable you assumed you were with choice and change, it may morph into overwhelming anxiety that was never anticipated. This makes it the ideal time to engage the support of a career coach with experience in helping professionals achieve better, faster, results. At KICKSTART Your Transition we offer a broad range of services to fit your needs


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