At a Glance
- Procrastination is not a personality trait. It’s an act we do.
- Procrastination can be managed by building awareness, identifying triggers, and setting realistic goals.
- A life coach can be a source of support and guidance in helping you manage procrastination.
Let’s get real, there is a lot that can and should be done in life. Even if you don’t have plans for global domination, your to-do list is unforgiving on most days. Something or the other is constantly begging for your attention – from doing your taxes to returning every email. It’s not just hard, it’s tiring, and since your to-do list never has a scheduled day of doing nothing, you want to rebel and tear the damn thing to pieces.
Before you rush to label yourself as a procrastinator, understand that it is something you do, not something you are.
As a life coach working with clients across the spectrum, I can tell you one thing for sure. Procrastination is not something you can get rid of by simply pushing yourself to be productive. It’s the reengineering of your mindset, your goals, and systems that can help you manage procrastination. If you are looking for ways to manage procrastination, then working with a life coach near you can help you get started and succeed in this journey.
A life coach can help you pinpoint the reasons you are procrastinating.
You can’t manage procrastination without knowing and understanding why it is happening to you in the first place. You procrastinate not because you are lazy but because your mind has had too much and wants to have its way. Whether it’s the lack of motivation you feel for a new project or that gnawing feeling of avoiding something because it’s difficult, procrastination gets a bad rep as a personality trait. But it is simply an act caused by a variety of factors like fear of failure, lack of motivation, or even perfectionism.
You must keep assumptions at bay. Maybe you think you need to work harder, while in reality, you are just stuck in a job that is not aligned with your strengths and values. By working with a life coach, you can truly get to the root of the unique issues that are causing you to procrastinate and develop more awareness of your ‘why’.
A life coach can help you set goals and create a realistic plan to achieve them.
Once you know what’s causing you to procrastinate, you can then begin to ask clarifying questions. A life coach can help you arrive at answers. Often, this avoidance can be a result of non-aligned goals and values, as well as conflicted motives.
A life coach can help you find your core values and set clear and, accordingly, achievable goals. You can then create a plan with specific steps and deadlines. If you need to change or imbibe some habits, a life coach can help you create a framework for that as well. Most likely you’ll need to establish habits that support your productivity, like taking walks, setting aside dedicated time for deep work, or breaking hard tasks into smaller chunks.
A life coach can help you develop a healthy relationship with your time.
One of the most important relationships you have is with your time. Procrastination often stems from an unhealthy relationship with one’s time. In this context, a life coach can help you prioritise tasks, create new systems for time management, set deadlines, and minimise distractions so you can focus on what’s important. By improving your time management skills, batching tasks, and decluttering your to-do lists, you can increase your productivity and avoid procrastination.
A life coach will assist you in overcoming obstacles and removing roadblocks
After you list out your goals and put a time management system in place, you may feel as if you’ve got it all figured out. Overconfidence can quickly become your enemy. Know that obstacles will come, and you may fall into the trap of self-doubt and negative self-talk.
Once you know what these obstacles are (they are different for each one of us), a life coach can help you. For instance, hunger, starting the day with checking your email, having social media apps on your phone, whatever these are, you’ll need strategies to overcome them and support when you falter.
A life coach can also act as your accountability partner
When you don’t feel alone constantly, it’s actually easier to get things done. In the post-pandemic era, when working from home has become a reality, procrastination can be especially hard-hitting. Self-motivation is not always easy, and working alone day in and day out can lead to burnout and loss of meaning. A life coach can hold you accountable for your actions and provide regular check-ins to make sure you’re on track.
Embracing the Power of Life Coaching
Procrastination is a common struggle, but it’s not your identity. You can overcome the tendency to put things off, improve your time management skills, and increase your productivity by working with a life coach.
If you want to develop a healthy relationship with your time and your to-do list, consider signing up for a free session with a life coach. And you can explore what’s holding you back and preventing you from getting ahead of your tasks. Book your free discovery call now.