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Procrastinate… later!

Procrastinate - later!

Procrastinate – later!

Thanks for your input on my pre-blog question about procrastination. I have finally found my ’round to-it’ and so here, eventually, is the Procrastination blog!

Procrastination is a state of mind and a stressful habit. You know from experience that leaving things to the last moment means that you can never deliver your best work and there will be no time to deal with last minute problems. However, we all still do it! Hope some of these ideas are helpful to you.

1 Use the term ‘live-line’ rather than ‘deadline’ – it will put you in the here and now and it is just ‘nicer’!

2 If you know that you work better under pressure, create a make-believe live-line that falls several days before the real time due and plan to work ‘frantically’ towards that!

3 Make a ‘to do’ map or list and stick it where you can see it ALL the time!  The first item on your to do list is to make one, so you start off with a success right away!

4 Just start! Even if it is just a matter of taking some paper out, or opening a new file on your computer, do it. Build some fun into the task. Yes, fun! It will help to keep your motivation high and it is always easier to focus on something that is enjoyable.

5 Pick one thing that you usually leave until the last minute and commit to completing it to a suitable timetable – give yourself a reward when you achieve this. Overcoming your procrastination habit is building a new brain pattern, remember your brain is ‘plastic’ so it is possible to do this.

6 Does being a ‘Perfectionist’ make you procrastinate? Decide in advance what level of ‘perfection’ is appropriate for the task. Learn to ‘let go’ by working on the ‘good enough’ principle.

7 Keep your eye on the clock. There is a limited length of time that you can invest in any one task. Set a timer, lose yourself in the task and still keep in a timely manner. TURN OFF your phone / emails (or set them to mute); schedule specific times to check them.

8 If you are always late for appointments, set your watch 5–10 minutes fast. Realise that by being late (either in person or with a task) you are showing lack of respect for others. Someone will be inconvenienced by your poor manners. Concentrate on how it feels to be on time and not rushed and stressed. Revel in that feeling.

Mind Chi to pass your driving test!

What causes you to feel the strain of stress?

What causes you to feel the strain of stress?

I had only just posted this onto the Mind Chi FaceBook page, when I received a plea for help!
(Please ‘like’ our Mind Chi FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/MindChi.stressfree )

So I swung into action and created a Mind Chi Plan Applied to Passing Your Driving Test!
This is a usually very competent lady in her early thirties, who holds a responsible job and is quite comfortable raising money or presenting or writing reports. She is also used to performing on the stage. So not much fazes her! She was a bit surprised when she had this real fear of the driving test. There was nothing ‘logical’ about it and yet it was very real! Here is what she has to say, ‘I thought Mind Chi was brilliant and it definitely, definitely helped me!!
I was very calm throughout – which was so different to the practice test.
What was particularly useful was the breathing – I did that a lot.  And I used the one one one thing quite often as well.
I think I got the hang of the BEAT – I was  definitely trying to visualise how I wanted to feel, and I think I got it right… all I know is, I was much calmer on the day than I thought I would be, so I think doing the Mind Chi was a massive help.
I think it could definitely be used by a lot of people on their driving test – there’s such a long lead in time to worry, it’s good to know how to manage those thoughts.
My situation was compounded by me getting a nasty cold – I was off work on Friday and then had the last lesson feeling completely dreadful on Saturday. Yet I PASSED my test on the FIRST go!’

First, you need to know the Mind Chi Basic 8 steps (these are available on You Tubes at this link: https://www.mindchi.com/?p=2651 ) next here is how to apply and direct them to assist you to rip up your ‘L’ plates!

Use Mind Chi to pass your driving test!

Use Mind Chi to pass your driving test!

Mind Chi applied to passing your driving test!
First we just slightly direct the 8 steps of Mind Chi to meet this specific need, as follows:

Step 1, Breathe – EVERY time you start to think about taking the test (and your heart starts to race and the butterflies start to flutter) IMMEDIATELY do the square belly breath. Really concentrate on counting the in, hold, out, empty cycles. This simple act will STOP the negative stress chemicals from forming.
Step 2, Attend – When your brain starts to run videos of what might happen, grab the reins of your brain and make it just do the ‘One, one, one’ activity for a minute. It is YOUR brain, make it do things to assist you not hinder you.
Step 3, Past Negative – IF you found that you spent some of the past 24 hours fussing about what might happen with the test then look at what triggered those moments and seek ways you can distract yourself.
So if while on the train going to work you start to worry – bring a gripping book or favourite magazine and READ it!
Step 4, Past Positive – Every time you catch yourself and redirect your unhelpful thoughts, give yourself a token. Put these tokens (or use money / buttons / tiddly winks) in a glass where you can SEE them. These will be a wonderful TREAT for you when the test is over.
Step 5, NOW BEAT check – This is a very important step, become conscious of what you are doing to yourself. When you feel the strain of the test, what happens in your Body? Your Emotions? What Actions do you do and your Thoughts? Only when you are AWARE can you take CONTROL. So if your Body is tense, the breath can be a big help, if you have gone to the scared emotional room, leave it and go to a more useful emotion, such as focussed, calm, and attentive. With you Actions, use only the energy necessary. And your Thoughts should be like the (your name) Cheerleader – ‘Come on, Vanda – Go Vanda,  Go Vanda, you can do this, yeh, yea! Yea!’
Step 6, NOW BEAT choose – Here you make your BEAT one that will assist you (NOT hinder you). You may find that you keep slipping back to the negative BEAT and as SOON as you are aware, CHOOSE to change to the BEAT that supports you.
Step 7, Future Plan – This one is crucial, you need to prepare what would be the BEST you to take the test, what emotional state would you like to BE in? Think of time that you have gone on the stage to play and you have needed to be in a top focussed manner and how GOOD it felt when you did that and played extra brilliantly, that is what you want to create inside you for the test day and start to run that forward ‘video’ over and over. (Have I told you about my lemon tree in Florida? If not, dingle me and I will!) This is a most crucial step. Create the you  human BE-ing that you want to have.
Step 8, Gratitude – This feels lovely and you can do it over and over, give gratitude thoughts for ALL you are happy about in your life, including that you are driving (as this will open up new opportunities for you) and the joy of the process, this is expectancy, you WILL pass your test, it may (or may not) be the first time.

These 8 steps should be done at least once a day as a total package, repeat the individual steps whenever you trigger the need. On the actual day, just repeat steps 1 Breath and step 7 future plan over and over and constantly check your BEAT to make it what you want.

Next, take the pressure off yourself. Use the first time as a ‘rekky’ – what is a test like? What is the examiner like? What do they ask you to do? Don’t pressure yourself to do it all the FIRST time, take it, check it out and then learn what you might need to do the next time. Simples!

Here is a story for you (real one) my friend is an examiner who tests the driving examiners!! She was SO nervous about taking the test to become this examiner’s examiner… and had failed it three times before, she started to do Mind Chi with me and we directed it to assist her to pass her test and – she did. She was grinning from ear to ear. It is kind of fun to think that the examiner’s examiners also suffer!!!! (And even MORE good to think that Mind Chi can assist!)