In this Episode Dr. Gerstmar discusses:
-Procrastination – is it a time thing or is there a REAL reason why we procrastinate?
-Can you really stop procrastinating?
-The framework to procrastinate less, and one surprising tool (that’s not an app or a hack) that’s been scientifically shown to reduce procrastination
It’s Dr. Gerstmar from Aspire Natural Health, and in this quick video, we’re going to talk about procrastination. Something most us suffer from, I know I do, and I’m betting you do too.
Procrastination affects all aspects of our lives. Anywhere we have goals, and that can range from our professional lives our jobs and our income, to hobbies and dreams we want to pursue, to our health.
Most of us have things we know we should do, like prepare healthy food, to exercise, to head to bed earlier and get more sleep.
And yet most of us, quite a bit of the time procrastinate. Doing something else instead. Instead of going to bed we stay up binge watching TV.
A lot of us learned that procrastination is really a time management problem. If we learn how to use our time more effectively we won’t have issues with procrastination. And while being over scheduled is a serious problem many of us are suffering from these days, at its heart procrastination isn’t about time management.
So the latest greatest planner, or app, or time hack is not going to solve procrastination.
If it’s not about time what is procrastination really about?
At its heart procrastination is about negative feelings. The reason we procrastinate about some things and not others, is because the things we are procrastinating about trigger negative feelings for us.
That may be because the activity is hard, unpleasant, or boring. Not many people get excited about cleaning toilets or litter boxes.
But it may also be because that activity brings up more deep seated feelings each of us deal with like self-doubt, low self-esteem, anxiety, or insecurities.
Why do most us want to right a novel, but never actually do it. Sitting down to write can sometimes be boring or hard, but for most of us it isn’t the act of writing that’s the issue, it’s our own doubts or self-esteem that get in the way.
So when we think about engaging in these activities, these negative emotions get triggered.
And humans, like all animals are wired with a present bias which means that what’s going on right now is much more important than what happened in the past or in the future. That’s good evolutionary psychology that keeps us alive, but gets in the way of us living the lives of our dreams.
When faced with something unpleasant, most of us will regularly choose to do something else. That distracts us from those negative feelings and, at least for a little while, makes us feel better.
Now that we understand the real cause of procrastination what can we do to reduce our procrastination?
In a nutshell we can make the thing we want to do easier, and the things we don’t want to do harder. If something is hard or unpleasant, what can we do to make it easier and more fun? This is one of the reasons so many of us find it easier to exercise with other people than by ourselves.
We can also make the reward for doing our desired activity bigger, or make the penalty for choosing NOT to do our desired activity bigger, so that the math behind our choices shifts towards doing the thing we want to do.
All of these things work to reduce the pain of doing what we want to be doing and increase the pain of not doing it, which serves to decrease our odds we’ll procrastinate and not get it done.
One last practice that has been shown to reduce procrastination is forgiveness and self-compassion. Studies have shown that people who forgive themselves for procrastinating and have higher levels of self-compassion go on to procrastinate less.
We’re all human, unless you’re one of our AI overlords watching this in which case, all hail our computer overlords!
But seriously, we’re all human. All of us make mistakes and mess up. None of us is perfect. Forgiving ourselves and learning from our mistakes, and having compassion for ourselves is just good medicine!
So now you know…
Procrastination is not a time-management problem. Nor is it a personal failing that you have. It’s hard wired into us from millions of years of evolution. And no app or planner is going to fix it.
Instead we can make the things we want to do easier, and the things we want to avoid harder.
Now if you don’t know, I’ve conquered my procrastination enough to write a #1 bestselling book called ‘The Clear Path to Health’ that talks all about the principles of health and disease. It’s not just another checklist of things you should be doing or taking. It will provide you with the understanding you need to know what you need to do to get and stay healthy.
And I’d like to gift you a copy 100% FREE.
There are two easy ways you can get it. The first is simply to click the button below and fill out the very short form and we’ll happily send that to you for FREE. The second is to send us a Facebook message. Just go to Facebook, open up messenger, and send a message to Aspire Natural Health. Just put the word BOOK into Facebook messenger and we’ll happily send you a copy for FREE.
So please either click down below or message us and we’ll get a copy of the book over to you right away.
At Aspire Natural Health we are experts at helping people with digestive issues and autoimmune diseases. If that’s you, or a loved one, who is suffering, we’d love to connect.
We offer a no-obligation, no-pressure chat to see if we can help you, and if we’re the right fit to work together.
If we are, we’ll move forward, and if we’re not, we’ll do our best to connect you with the person who can best help you.
The only thing you have to lose, is being unsure what the best next step for you is. You’ll leave our conversation feeling calm, confident, and clear on what your best next step is, so please call us now at 425-202-7849 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alright folks, until next time…Take care!
At Aspire Natural Health we are experts at helping people suffering with digestive issues and autoimmunity.
Are you or a loved one looking for help?
Email us at email@example.com or call us at 425-202-7849.
The first step of our process is to see if we’re a good fit for one another. If we are, we’ll talk about next steps. If not, that’s okay, and we’ll do our best to help you find the right person.
Everything is no-obligation and no-pressure, so you don’t have to worry. The only thing you have to lose, is the frustration of not knowing what to do next!
Call us at 425-202-7849 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org now!
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