If it’s not 10:00pm on a Sunday night and you’re not rolling around in a foetal position of anxiety, has the weekend even happened yet?
We’ve all been there and quite frankly if you haven’t, you’re not human.
Let me set the scene for you; your boss/colleague/parent/teacher has given you extra work/assignments/chores and you’ve taken on the task from either sheer exhaustion you haven’t been able to think straight, or you’re just a super cheery chappy that doesn’t like to say no.
Other commitments pile up and you tell yourself you’ll get round to it and before you know it (you definitely know it) it’s the evening before and you’re hyperventilating into your bottle of merlot.
This has been me since I started schooling at 5 years old, and at 23 I think I’ve managed to curb it. If procrastinating and the horrendous anxiety that comes with it is something you also struggle with, I will so kindly share me tips and tricks..
1.Not even my idea..
Good start, Liv. So I was watching Anna and her video where she mentions J.D Meier and the ‘Power of Three’. This was such a life changer for stopping any guilt ridden feelings and anxiety cropping up through the day.
I’m a massive list maker. As soon as I have everything written down I feel a lot less cloudy and am able to make a slight dent in this huge bundle of ‘things’ I’ve managed to accumulate. Trouble is – like a magpie or a toddler – I get distracted very easily. Anything remotely shiny/ involving makeup/ food and you can bet your ass that’s me done for the day.
Which is where the Power of Three comes in handy. Amongst my super list, I set aside three main things I will get done without a doubt. Not huge things. Not arduous things. Tasks I can realistically complete and put to bed. Often than not, when these tasks are done, I’m so dang proud of myself that the rest of the list follows. Great motivation!
2. The 15 Minute Rule*
This one is my favourite, and the best when you find yourself drowning in so many miscellaneous jobs.
Set a timer for 15 minutes on your phone, and give yourself a ‘thing’ to do in that time. When the timer stops, move on to the next ‘thing’. Not finished? Tough, move on regardless (basically what I’m saying is, put yourself under self inflicted pressure and panic until you get your shit done). It will teach you to be strict with yourself in the future, and you’ll start chipping away at other things that needed doing anyway. 98% of the time you won’t even need the full 15 minutes, but make sure to set the timer again when you move on to your next task. Better feeling than getting to the microwave before it pings.
3. Just do the thing.
I feel anxious the most when 1. Everything is out of my control 2. I know a job needs doing, but I’m in the middle of something else.
I have recently come to a very very clever solution. In the magical words of Shia LeBouff, Just. Do. It.
Just get that thing that’s niggling away at you, done. If you don’t, it will be in the back of your mind for the rest of the day and you won’t be able to concentrate or enjoy yourself, which in my books, is a day well wasted.
Nothing and No One is more important than keeping your mental health in check, and if you need to drop what you’re doing for a split second to refill the dishwasher/do your laundry/switch off all the lights in the house (I am so, weirdly fussy about this one) than do it.
Often than not, that background fuzz will clear and people around you will appreciate you actually being in the room with them.
These little things have turned my days off into much less work, and I hope they help at least one other person who is stupidly distracted like myself. Just keep in mind to give yourself realistic tasks and don’t set yourself up to fail, and you’re away. Let me know if I’m missing out on your technique of getting things sorted, or if you’re using mine too!
*Stupid things I have used the 15 minute rule for:
Going to the bathroom
Eating at least one healthy thing