Your Compassionate Questions Help You Nip Procrastination in the Bud

Your compassionate questions help you choose…

Your compassionate questions help fuel your efforts at managing your time and avoiding the procrastination trap. How do they do that?

Heart-based time management is all about finding time, increasing productivity, and deepening your experience of each and every moment.  And heart-based time management works best when you use your time effectively because procrastinating won’t help you complete important projects, let alone live your values as fully as you can.

Now, it may seem counter-intuitive to you, but the absolute best tool for overcoming procrastination is compassion.  Not harshness, self-criticism or urgency, but compassion.

Why?  Well. when we soften our hearts we step into a more expansive place.  Rather than fighting with ourselves, we ally with our best energies and, therefore, have access to more of our power, creativity, and problem-solving skills. 

Your compassionate questions free you.

The reality is that self-criticism ignites a debilitating vicious cycle that will keep you mired in procrastination.  On the other hand, seeing and speaking to yourself (and your procrastination) from a compassionate place will stimulate and free up your ability to get the job done.

Here are some examples of compassionate questions to help you step away from procrastination.

Try then and see how they work for you.  And of course, feel free to adapt them to your own circumstances — make them your compassionate questions.

  • What are you putting off and what might be a more satisfying alternative?
    Scan your To-Do List and select one task that you keep putting off “until tomorrow.”  Then, give yourself 3 options:  Do it, drop it from your list, or delegate it? Next ask yourself, which resonates?  Which is the most rewarding?  Why? Putting the choice back in your own hands undercuts the “I have to but I don’t want to” resentment that can feed procrastination.
  • When do you want to complete this task? 
    Select a realistic date and envision successfully finishing the task within the time frame. You’ve given yourself a sense of how taking the initiative provides a more spacious way to use your time.  How does it feel?
  • How will you make this work as stress-free as possible for yourself? 
    Break your task into chunks or steps and build on your positive incentive by envisioning yourself succeeding at each individual stage of the project. Initially, if the steps seem too large, break them down even more. Remember, YOU are in charge, and comfort helps you maintain your momentum.
  • Next, how will you support yourself through careful scheduling? 
    Make the process easier by integrating each step into your daily schedule. Try marking the completion date on your calendar and working back from there.  Be sure to enter each important step, as this will help protect you from overburdening yourself with multiple commitments. And don’t neglect to reward yourself as you complete your steps. In fact, I recommend that you list each task and its reward together in your schedule.
  • Last but not least, how will you smooth the path ahead? 
    Touch base beforehand with anyone whose cooperation you may need to coordinate your activities. If you need to modify plans to accommodate other priorities, it’s easiest to do that before you start, or during the early stages.  And if you need to readjust mid-stream, don’t let it pull you off track or back into procrastination.  Revise your plans, and pick right up where you left off.  Remember, the choices are ALL in your hands!

Each one of your compassionate questions helps direct your focus to your power, your satisfaction, and your ability to plan and follow through.

Any time you balk at stepping into an activity you need to engage in, asking yourself these questions helps you regain mastery of your life and your time.

So, how will you become more effective by making the most of your time, starting today?

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