How to silence your fear and actually stop procrastinating

Do you have a shit-list you’re avoiding? I’m going to guess you do. It’s that list full of things you want and need to do but they always invite fear and overwhelm into your life. And we all know what happens when these two get invited to the party; they bring along procrastination as their +1 and everything goes downhill faster than a bobsled.

From past experience, we know allowing this trio to co-exist results in an unproductive environment. Despite this knowledge, we continue to create excuses as to why we should put things off today and deal with them “tomorrow.” We tell ourselves we’re too busy. Too inexperienced. Too young. Too old. We tell ourselves we need more money. More information. More education. More time.

The problem with this tactic is that the convenience of tomorrow is always available. And when our excuses lose their standing, we just find another one to use.

If you’re tired of procrastinating and feeling overwhelmed, you need to focus your attention on the ringleader—your fear.

Fear & Procrastination

The core purpose of fear is to protect you from feeling physical or emotional pain, to steer you away from dangerous situations and to help you avoid anything that may threaten your well-being.

However, allowing fear to control your actions and decisions doesn’t always reap beneficial results. More often than not, it just slams the door on your untapped potential and steals away your happiness.

When we listen to our fear, we slam the door on our untapped potential and happiness. Click To Tweet

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Do you need to kick your perfectionism to the curb?

Picture this. Your confidence is at an all-time high and you feel as though nothing can stand in your way. Until that is, someone decides to enter the playing field—your perfectionism. With it’s devious ways, it slowly starts to break down your confidence with some self doubt; a dose of your inner critic; followed up with a big slap of procrastination. And just like that, out of nowhere it seems, your confidence has been completely drained and you’re brought to a standstill.

Does this sound familiar to you? Is this how your perfectionism usually shits on your confidence? Same over here my friend.

I’ve had a rocky love affair with perfectionism for as long as I can remember. And if I’m honest, the “perfector” has usually been the dominating partner in the relationship. While there are some positive traits to admire and uphold (assuming they aren’t holding you back) about being a perfectionist—commitment to producing high quality work, attention to detail, always going that extra mile—quite often, it’s just a huge pain in the arse that needs to be kicked to the fucking curb.

We all know “perfect” doesn’t exist. As I mentioned in my productivity post, even if perfection was attainable, it would never be achieved through the eyes of a perfectionist anyway.

Here’s why:

When your perfectionism is in the driving seat, it is a master at outwitting you. It will trick you into only seeking out what isn’t right. And in doing so, you will never see what is.

Do you need to kick your perfectionism to the curb?

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5 tips to help you fire up your productivity

Every day can’t be worthy of a productivity gold star. Life happens. Exhaustion happens. Sickness happens. The fridge suddenly breaking happens. And “I don’t give a shit!” happens. Let’s face it, a LOT can happen on any given day and it’s usually an unwelcome blow to our productivity.

When days like this roll around, it’s easy to allow our negative thoughts to dominate us. We beat ourselves up because we should of done more. We compare ourselves to others we believe have their shit together and wonder what their secret is. We tell ourselves we’re failures and question whether we’ll ever reach the level of success we dream of. All of this sounds familiar to you right?

5 tips to help you fire up your productivity

It doesn’t take a genius to know that spinning around in this circle of negativity won’t help us get shit done. Despite this knowledge, we often continue to spin around anyway and the results just leave us feeling even shittier. Not good! Naturally, no one is a fan of days like this but they are going to surface once in a while unfortunately. There’s no avoiding it!

So, here are some suggestions to help you fire up your productivity

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