End Your Indecision And Stop Procrastinating Today
by Helene Malmsio
Sometimes just the act of postponing an action, and putting it off 3-4 times ends up creating a sense of dread about taking that action.
You become so indecisive about what to do next, and confused about why you can't "Just Do It!" like you know you should be able to.
It can be a simple case of being too busy to do it all at that time, or it can be procrastination triggered by being indecisive about which way to to.
Do you sometimes have trouble making up your mind? Indecision can hold you back from personal and professional success. You may miss valuable opportunities and add to your daily stress.
While indecision shows up in many ways, there are usually only a few root causes. Take a look at 3 of the most common obstacles and how to overcome them.
Obstacle One - Pleasing Others
Do you automatically go along with what others want or do you stand up for your own needs? Learning how to advocate for yourself will help you to make decisions that are consistent with your values and goals.
Try these tips:
1. Evaluate consequences.
Imagine how different your life would be if you make yourself more of a priority. It may motivate you to practice being more assertive.
2. Flip a coin.
While major decisions require careful thought, you also need to connect with your true feelings. Flipping a coin may help you to recognize the results you want.
3. Seek feedback.
You can still collaborate with others. Ask family and friends you trust for their input and support.
4. Keep a journal.
When you’re trying to change any long-standing habit, you can gain insights by writing about your behavior.
Spot the situations where you tend to agree with others regardless of what you really think.
Find a personal journal design that resonates with you and that you enjoy writing in.
Obstacle Two - Feeling Overwhelmed by Choices
Having plenty of options can be a positive thing. However, it can also make you feel like you’re being pulled in too many different directions.
Slow down and ground yourself with these strategies:
1. Clarify your criteria.
Think about your purpose in life. It can help you to eliminate alternatives that are inconsistent with your goals.
2. Limit your options.
Do you find yourself wasting time and energy on trivial issues?
Simplify daily routines by eating the same nutritious breakfast each morning or building a capsule wardrobe that allows you to dress in 10 minutes or less.
3. Think long term.
Pay attention to the full impact of your decisions. How will your choices affect your future?
Obstacle Three - Dealing with Perfectionism
Do you hesitate to act because you feel pressured to excel? Developing realistic standards will help you make smarter and faster decisions.
Keep these ideas in mind to develop realistic standards:
1. Start small.
Work your way up to handling marriage proposals and job offers. Practice by resolving what to cook for dinner and where to go on weekend outings. Each decision will build your confidence and skills.
2. Accept uncertainty.
It’s tempting to put off reaching a conclusion so that you can gather more information. However, you need to determine how much research is adequate so you can take action and deal with other responsibilities.
3. Value learning.
Remember that personal growth and development depend on using experiences to increase your knowledge and skills. Any setback can be beneficial if it helps you to perform more effectively next time.
4. Take sensible risks.
Give yourself credit for having the courage to take a chance even when you feel uncertain. Believe in yourself and your abilities. Concentrate on what you may gain and recognize that you may lose more by not taking any action.
5. Develop compassion.
How do you treat yourself when a decision fails to deliver the results you wanted?
Learn how to comfort and encourage yourself. Use positive self-talk. Meditate daily to relieve anxiety and build your self-esteem.
Take charge of your life and stop procrastination that is triggered by indecisiveness!
When you face your fears and focus on your goals, you’ll be able to make decisions with greater comfort and confidence.
If you need more help, here are some useful strategies:
Time wasters creep up on you without you even realizing it.
You can also reduce indecisiveness and procrastination by limiting these time wasters from your work day.
Reinventing the Wheel
If you’ve been doing a certain task one way for ages, don’t suddenly try to change it up.
Do what works. Very often, in organizations and companies, countless meetings result in new changes to existing protocols every month or so.
While it’s done in the name of ‘improvement’ and ‘streamlining’, very often, more problems arise because people take time to get used to the new way of doing things.
There’s a period of trial and error… and just when they’re getting into the swing of things, suddenly there’s a new way of doing things… and it’s back to square one.
So, plan your tasks wisely once and make sure your actions are effective. Once you get into the habit, do not keep changing your patterns or workflow.
Having one to-do list with a plan of action should suffice. All you need to do is work the plan. Do not have plans on your calendar, plans on your laptop, plans on your refrigerator, etc.
Over-planning leads to confusion and too many points of reference. One plan – work it. That’s all you need.
Constantly Answering Emails
Set aside blocks of time dedicated to specific tasks. Instead of clearing emails throughout the day as and when they come in, set an hour aside to clear all emails. After that, get back to the other tasks.
A Never-ending To-Do List
If you have a list of things to do, complete them first. If any new things come in, put them on a new list. Unless a task is extremely important, do NOT add it on your current list.
Clear one to-do list first before moving on to the next one.
If you do a little from one list and a little from another, before you know it, you’ll have 5 lists with incomplete tasks on each one… or one list with so many things to do that just looking at it intimidates you.
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Cheers, Helene Malmsio
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