Help me - I'm not feeling inspired
how to crack on with work and beat procrastination through this nifty method
Hello dear reader. If you're here I get it!
Few days ago I found myself in a momentary panic.
It was 1:45PM and I was walking home from the high street and thought: "Oh No! The day is almost gone and I got nothing juicy done work-wise".
If you have ever faced a thought similar to mine, you know what I'm talking about.
Of course this thought attracted another awesome helper: "You are such a time waster!", and another "How do you expect to get all these projects done like this?" and before I knew it, in the pit of my stomach was a sick feeling and tearful panic of overwhelm. Yes, I get them too!
Soon after another thought appeared to sum things up. "Of course it's a wasted day. All you're really good for in the afternoon is cooking a meal", followed by a tinge of resentment at my family for coming home in just a couple of hours making it impossible for me to get anything done.
And then a magical insight took place! Something I am beginning to catch more often in myself and my clients. I call it mind and heart alchemy.
With great deal of compassion (I was feeling sorry for myself), I entertained the last summation which in effect reduced me to a good for nothing family cook and began to apply my curiosity to it by exploring how come whilst I feel so incapable of tackling work in the afternoons, I am indeed perfectly able to create a super tasty and presentable meal? And here's what I came up with.
- First, I develop a clear idea for what I'm going to cook.
- Then I get really excited about why this will be a great meal and how to present it so it wow's my family.
- I get my ingredients speedily from a local shop, put some music on and get cracking with it.
- Before I know it, in less than 30min, I know I will have a supper to put on the table.
Now I was feeling proud and happy. I was no longer a failure at all. What's more, I thought "Wait a minute! If I can be such a good Chef in the afternoon, how about becoming a Chef for one of my projects?
Oddly, the excitement, motivation, clarity and know-how magically jumped from a meal to work! And, what's more, now I even had a step by step strategy for tackling a work project.
So there you have it! Who says there are no magic recipes for beating procrastination?
When you get caught in panic of a run-away day, or go to battle your procrastinator, bring compassion and curiosity into the situation instead of just judgement. Judgement will only make you feel small and inadequate. It will make you view yourself as a failure.
And you are anything but that!
You are marvellous! Resourceful! and Amazing!
You are an Alchemist.
So don't delay. Apply your heart and mind to one of your goals now and start cooking up your better future!
With love, Magdalena