Procrastination is a common problem in today’s society, and it affects not only your work, but it can also involve negative feelings such as guilt, inadequacy, stress and depression. People procrastinate (delay their work) for different reasons – some of them are: overload of tasks at a specific time, fear of success and its possible consequences, poor time management, anxiety about the task…
No matter what the reasons are, procrastinating can seriously affect the quality of your life, especially if you’re the one organizing your time (if you don’t have to follow a strict schedule).
Visualizing yourself finishing all of your tasks in time is one of the powerful ways to fight procrastination.
If you haven’t done so yet, we also recommend that before you start with this visualization, you read our article How to visualize and other articles listed in the core section about visualization and law of attraction to get a better idea on why these steps are important for successful visualizing.
The goal of this exercise is to help you form a clear image of a job done in your head, and the feeling of satisfaction and freedom that it will bring.
- Specify your goal. What specific task do you have to finish? Is it something related to your work, or something that you need to do around the house, and you keep delaying it? Define the task and a realistic time frame for accomplishing it.
- Choose at least one image to keep in your mind before you start visualizing. Now you should find an image that represents – to you – that you have accomplished that task: the bonus that you’ll get, the free time that you’re enjoying after the task is complete, or just the end point (putting the file into the drawer, or another way you know it’s done).For the purpose of this exercise, we’ll imagine that you’ve chosen the image of you getting out of the office after you’ve successfully finished your job.
- Set a schedule and find a quiet place for your visualization. This visualization should be repeated at least once a day. Best is to do it just before bed, but you can choose another time that you can set apart every day without being disturbed.
Steps to stopping procrastinating visualization:
- Relax. Try to clear your head of all irrelevant thoughts and emotions, take a few deep breaths, focus on your breathing and count to ten.
- Break visualization down into senses. Start picturing the image you have chosen, every little detail of it. Turn around you to see if there’s someone else in the room with you, what do the door to your office looks like, look down to see what you’re wearing. The image won’t be complete right away, so slowly add colors and details to it. Then start listening: is there any noise, any machine running, is anyone laughing? Is someone coming out of the elevator. Include the other senses one by one: are you holding something in your hand, your car keys perhaps – what do they feel like? Can you smell the perfume of the woman who just stepped out of the elevator? Can you taste something in your mouth, bubble gum maybe?
- Third person view. Now imagine the movie as it is rolling in front of your eyes: look at yourself approaching your office door, opening it and getting out. Someone, a colleague or your boss, approaches and congratulates you on the job well done. You’re free to go home to your family, and you get out of the building, as the other coworkers pass by and compliment you on getting the job done.
- First person view. Now you can allow yourself to feel the complete freedom of not having to work on that task anymore, that you’ll be getting home in time for lunch, instead of staying late to finish what you should have finished long ago. Let yourself be proud that you’ve done it – you’ve done it! – and you’re completely satisfied for it. Let this feeling last for a few moments, let it take you over completely.
- Wrapping it up. Slowly let the image fade away, you can let go now.
Of course, you will play your own scenario of what represents the finished task to you personally, this was just an example. Repeat the visualization, step by step, for a few days, and you’ll start feeling more motivated to finish the job in time, leaving room for more pleasant activities without feeling stressed out.
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