5 ways to help with procrastination!

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We all procrastinate sometimes!

The saying you’ll miss the boat or just plain old lazy come to mind when I hear the word procrastination!

‘Can’t be bothered’ or
‘I’ll do it later’,
‘I’ve started I’ll definitely finish it soon’.

These are all phrases that are often heard when procrastinating.

So exactly what does this rarer long word mean……

Definition >>>
procrastination

1.
the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention:
She was smart, but her constant procrastination led her to be late with almost every assignment.

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So yes we all do sometimes procrastinate, after all we are only human. Nobodies perfect are they ……?

There are ways you can help with procrastination though, to keep motivated,productive and to achieve your goal, whatever that may be from graduation to simply tidying the house.

All ways you end a winner and feel better about yourself and everything around you.

Tips to stop procrastination!

1. Eliminate the perfect time.
We all say its not the right time, I need a rest, a sleep, I’m hungry or I’ll do it tomorrow. Eliminate these excuses be brutal to yourself and think of that old fashion saying, there’s no time better than the present!

2. Go public with your plans.
If you share your ideas, actions you are hoping to achieve or partake in, for example a new venue, a marathon, then you’ll be more likely to succeeded because you’ll not want to look failed when asked about it at a later date.

3. Bargain with yourself for a treat afterwards!
Tell yourself and envisaged it when getting distracted that after you finish you’ll spoil yourself, even something as simple as a coffee and your favourite cake, or more special like a new dress or a night at the pictures.

4. Write a list but with deadline dates.
My favourite is always a list and crossing the things off is for me so rewarding. Make sure you put the things you least want to do at the top of that list and give it a date to be achieved by. That way it can’t just get forgotten.

5. Involve someone else to help!
Lessen the load with help from a friend and also to give that feeling of not letting someone else down, the guilt card I suppose. This kills two birds with one stone because you won’t feel so overwhelmed and then turn to procrastinating.

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You hopefully won’t miss the boat!!

So with these tips in practice you’ll hopefully now not miss that boat because no one wants to be left on the shore when the tides coming in…..

Thanks

Mandy.x

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Do you suffer with OCD?

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When I was small girl unknown to me I was suffering with a form of obsessive compulsive disorder “anxiety.”

Rituals….
I remember at bedtime having a ritual of having to count the letters and numbers on the sticker on my sister’s mirror.
My anxiety was that if I didn’t, I actually thought I would die.
It was such a strong need that, as soon as my mum said good night I would recite it in my head, “Trent FM 96.2”
I had a constant cough, nervous one really, it comes back if I’m ever under stress or unnerved usually the dentist these days.
These were a form of mild obsessive behaviour….

Secrets….
I didn’t however tell my mum about my counting and reciting I just kept it all in my head…. In those days things were not particularly talked about!

Years later I found my notebook, list obsession and really it has been my saviour, my OCD hasn’t ever interfered with my life directly,  well not that I’m consciously aware of, however for some it can mean their life’s are overtaken by fears of not checking, cleaning etc.

Have a read of “Kids health on OCD for more information>>>>>>>>>
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Panic…
The anxiety and deep strong feelings inside, true panic I do remember take over and trying to not listen to them is incredibly difficult.
Sometimes now I get strong feelings of cleaning and tidying sending everyone in my household crazy.
I’m aware of these feelings though and deep breathing and mind control can usually get me back to being a normal individual not a mad cleaning woman….

We all have to a degree a form of OCD depending on certain factor’s. It can be an inherited disorder but it’s the chemical serotonin that plays a main part, being blocked and fear and panic then sets in…..
For more detailed information click the link below>>>>>>
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PaintedworksByKB.com  ” Woven thought”

Thoughts….

So my take on my mild OCD is thoughts over feelings again, I’m fortunate I can control things but for some its not that easy…
If you are a suffering or have a child who you suspect is, decide firstly how severe and then if needed get medical advice.
If like me its manageable try training your mind to fight the need……

I hope my experience has helped you in some way and let’s control our minds for our benefit….

Do you suffer with OCD or know someone that does?

Thanks

Mandy.x

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Whats on your bucket list?

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Its my birthday next week and I’m edging closer to that big 50 “arghhhhh!!”

It got me thinking though I really must write a bucket list, tomorrow’s never a promise and I’m not someone to have regrets but then again I wouldn’t wish to reach the grand old age of 80 and feel like I hadn’t achieved my dreams,goals and desires…..

As you probably already know from my previous posts I’m a bit of a list addict so this will come completely natural to me….

What is a bucket list?

For any of you that don’t know the phrase, term bucket list its definition is –

a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.
“making this trip is the first thing on my bucket list”
Origin

early 21st century: from the phrase kick the bucket ‘die’

When its put like that ” kick the bucket – die”  it really hits home……

I suppose it will help me see my life in a completed kind of way, give me a clearer vision of where I’m heading.

I’m not the type generally for forward planning beyond my day to day activies though,  other than the time management plans I rely on.

However it’ll be something to give me an incentive of keeping enthusiasm in mind, positive thinking….

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Photograph by ” Paula Valentim”

Let’s fill that bucket……..

Here’s some ideas for your bucket list that I’ve compiled from friends  family and myself.
Let’s not waste anymore time, let’s start on this insightful activity and give our existence some direction, even if we don’t complete the entire itinerary….

1. Travel to a destination you long to see. Mine is the Great wall of China and San Francisco.
Walk the wall and drive up and down the hilly streets in an American old fashioned 70s car….

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Photograph by ” Keith Roper”

2. Thrilling or scary activity.
Bungy jumping or sky diving come to mind, can’t honestly say this is on my list. Maybe horse riding on a beautiful beach but everyone to their own. Never say never…..

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Photograph by “Ticino-joana”

3. Drop a dress size and get in the best shape of your life.
Fitness and health with nutrition are so important for healthy living both physically and mentally.

4. Learn a different language or skill.
Education is immense and even if its a different skill it will benefit who you are.
A painting, photographic, cooking course, something you have always fancied doing…. #priceless
Silversmith I must try….

5. Run a marathon, or do a triathlon or even climb a mountain.
Push yourself to an extreme, taking you out of your comfort zone. This will help you learn so much about yourself.

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6. Volunteer or help others without reward.
Help out at a homeless shelter, this is something I will put on my bucket list. Doing a service or volunteering is incredibly impowering, you are doing something because you wish to and not for material gain.

What you waiting for?

These are only a few ideas, just thought of another, learn a new sport, I fancy kick boxing!
Its a fantastic way to focus your direction and remember our thoughts materialise into actions far more likely if written down…..

So go have fun, make some amazing memories and have no regrets…..

What is top of your bucket list?

Thanks.

Mandy.x

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How to time manage your busy life!

I have such a busy schedule that literally I’m sure sometimes I meet myself coming back or at least that’s the phrase my mother always used, and in her day life was most definitely at a slower pace!

Only yesterday, Saturday of all days, a rest I was hoping for, but unfortunately that wasn’t about to happen.
My daughter did point out to me though, that I really don’t care for sitting about doing nothing in particular, and that its good to be busy…..
Sometimes I’d like to give it a try though but if my memory doesn’t deceive me, she was correct, I have a strong aversion to doing nothing!

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Photography by “Suzanne Duda”

         Good time management =
                      less stress!

I have always been a list person because for me without written help I feel helpless, this isn’t because my memory is bad, its a funtamental basic tool I use to declutter my mind and enable me to relax and enjoy my days of work or play.
My thoughts and ideas along with my busy lifestyle just run at a fleeting pace!

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     Ways to manage time!

1. Prioritise in order ~
When I have endless things to do which is almost everyday, I give things a number of importance first in my mind then on paper. For example 1 to 10….
Somethings have to be high priority, essential but unless you think and plan your time gets wasted! I sometimes as well plan a route so that I can actually visualize in my mind and also not meet myself coming back so to speak….

2. My favorite, written lists ~
The writing part I do mention many times for almost all aspects of motivation and understanding and in this instance organisation.
Clearing the mind enables you to be free….

3. Allowing yourself a break or treat ~
We do have hectic lifestyles that run out of control at times,even with all the management in place, but one of the most important things to remember is to give yourself a break.
A break in the day of your busy schedule is paramount, sitting reflecting or even better walking outside for ten minutes, doing something that pleases you so taking you away from the mundane.

This is very important because without it are you really giving yourself any value…….?

We are special, we are deserving and yes we are busy but we do and should treat ourselves as well as others! Never feel guilty of taking a break….

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This amazing picture by
“Stephen Cotterell”

    Don’t waste time its priceless!

This wonderful picture of a dandelion clock epitomises time because it does run out eventually so let’s manage what time we have and however driven you are, or if just in need of more time, always remember give yourself a break.

How do you manage your time?

Mandy.x

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