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Getting stuff done

A few weeks ago, I worked with a client who was struggling with procrastination. You know, that great thief of time.

She had a series of assessments she needed to hand in to complete her course; she frequently found herself being distracted and avoided getting them done.  A few days after our session she contacted me to say she had already finished five, and was well on her way to completing the rest.

I often work with clients who feel stuck or blocked, who struggle with procrastination and avoid uncomfortable tasks.  They sabotage their own ability because they don’t feel ready, or lack the confidence, energy, time or motivation to make that first move and then follow through.

This is a subject I feel somewhat of an expert on – there was a stage where the “pro” in procrastination could have referred to me. Here are some of the ideas and techniques I use to keep procrastination at bay.

Just start!

Above my desk I have a hand-embroidered sign that simply says “Start”.

This has been an invaluable reminder when it’s time to write another blog and I find myself sitting at my desk staring at a blinking cursor on a blank computer screen.   To just type notes and develop ideas gives me a base to build my next article.

Sometimes the pathway or process to completion only comes to light after you get started. Read More…

Why falling off a bicycle was the best thing that happened to me

cyclingThe answer… It increased my confidence.

To give you some background… There is something about having your feet clipped into pedals that leaves you feeling quite precarious, and since buying my first set of ‘cleats’ a couple of years ago I have been working on getting past my fears around riding a bicycle.  (Of course the riding part is fine, it’s the “what if I fall off” that causes the problem)  So there I was at cycling training with my daughter.  Yes, I am the ONLY adult training with kids, AND guess who’s the biggest scaredy cat!  We were practising skills, specifically ‘track stands” where you are required to bring the bike to a halt and balance on the spot or at least balance while going very slow.  I had watched the kids do it and now it was my turn. Read More…

Running – What a mind game!

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A couple of weeks ago I completed my first half marathon.  For those who don’t know that’s 21kms of running or in my case jogging!  Impressive huh!  Let me tell you the actual running is much easier than the mental battle that goes along with it. Read More…

Goal setting – what inspires you?

Many of us know the importance of setting goals.  We have been told that people who set goals are more likely to achieve, but I speak to many people who say they don’t know how to set goals.  They don’t know what they want to achieve.  I guess that is why they don’t achieve as much as a goal setter because they simply don’t know where they are heading.  Much like setting out in a car with no destination in mind, you end up doing a rather frustrating meander, that doesn’t really take you anywhere.  A life without goals drags through day by day, not really achieving anything, or inspiring or motivating you.  Does that sound familiar?

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