Dealing with Procrastination – Tips and Tricks
by Suzanne Cattan, Registered Psychotherapist
Have you ever been told to “JUST DO IT?”
Other than by Nike, I mean. Dealing with procrastination, if you are a chronic procrastinator, is a lot tougher than choosing a shoe. Blunt advise like that is not helpful.
As a chronic procrastinator, you:
- struggle to start projects
- fail to finish projects
- are late for work
- are late for social events
- skip daily chores
- do not follow through with relationships
- fail to meet work-related goals on time
- put off work-related tasks
- fail to realize professional help can deal with a serious, happiness-affecting chronic condition
- suffer from anxiety because of all these shortcomings, which may be related to an underlying psychological issue
Having someone to help you deal with this chronic procrastination is awesome. But when you don’t have anyone at the moment anxiety levels rise, here are some tips for dealing with it alone.
Make Friends with Doer’s
If you were a doer, you would be surrounded with other doer’s. But you’re not. So try to hang out with some of them.
Take Just One Small Step
Be Neil Armstrong. Make one small step feel like a giant leap.
Set Up a Reward System
Treat yourself to something when you get the step done. Then, next time, increase the size or number of steps to earn the reward.
Deal with Procrastination by Making a Public Declaration
Announce your intention on social media, verbally to a friend, or make a poster on your fridge where others can see it.
Schedule a Task, and Don’t Reschedule without Good Reason
Put a date AND TIME on your calendar to perform a specific task or step. Then DO NOT RESCHEDULE unless you have a fire or equivalent.
And finally, if you do reschedule – more than three times – contact me for help in dealing with procrastination.
I Can Help You
Read more about how I can help you with Anxiety and Stress, and contact me for a free phone consult.
I completed a Master’s degree in Counselling and Spirituality at Saint-Paul University, individual, couple and family program. I gained experience at the Family Health Clinic in Hull and at the University of Saint-Paul as a counsellor/therapist. My eclectic and humanistic approach integrates cognitive behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy, mindfulness, spirituality, advanced systematic interactional approach, as well as schema therapy, according to my clients’ presenting problems and needs.
My bilingual practice welcomes a diverse clientele for individual, couple or family therapy. I gained practical experience as a registered psychotherapist while working with children (12 years and older), adolescents, adults, couples and families within my private practice, dealing with various issues, such as:
- Anxiety disorders
- Mood disorders (ex. depression)
- Relationship problems
- Life transitions (grief, illness, separation, divorce, career change)
- Personal growth
- Spiritual questions – personal values
- Difficulties in communication, expression and assertiveness, and more.
My practice is currently supervised by a Registered Psychologist, which allows me to offer receipts that will be accepted by most health care benefit providers.
About The Taylor Creek Counselling Centre in Orléans
We are a highly-qualified group of experienced, cooperating counsellors and mental health professionals. Our professionals operate independently, but share office space, web presence facilities, and operating costs. We are proud to offer mental health care that is supportive, effective, and convenient.
Located at 880 Taylor Creek Drive, Ottawa, we offer compassionate counselling in the eastern National Capital Region, including Cumberland, Rockland, and Orléans. The Taylor Creek Counselling Centre is a caring place.