Tom was taking a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course with me and really had wonderful intentions to do the practices that were assigned week to week. However, at the time he was to sit down to do the practice, he noticed these thoughts in his mind telling him that doing this practice is a “waste of time” and he could be doing better things like watching television, eating, or flipping through a magazine.
And so it was…
When it comes to procrastination or inertia to make changes in our lives, it’s important to cultivate an awareness of what it really is. In order to do that, we need to break it down and name what is happening.
Once we can name it, we can face it, and when we can face it, we can work with it.
Here is a 3 step process to breaking through procrastination:
The instructions may seem simple, but this may not be easy especially when we’re not feeling well. It takes practice to redirect the pathways in your brain over time. So be easy on yourself, this may work out sometimes and not others, but the more you practice, the more likely it is to work out.
Remember, we’re trying to get rid of the difficult feelings that drive us to avoidance, we’re simply changing our relationship to them so they have less of a hold on us and allow us to name it, face it, and work with it.
Just 3 steps, give it a go.
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Last reviewed: 28 Oct 2009