Move your CHI to avoid procrastination
Do you know that bees avoid decision-making pitfalls by considering several options, but they make fast and effective decisions in order to react to opportunities. We, too, need to evaluate, respond and act taking in new information put it into good use, and modify or eliminate ineffective ones.
Procrastination is the enemy of progress. Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the last minute before a deadline.
But procrastination isn’t just a money thief – it steals time too. The study, published by the lending company RateSetter and based on a YouGov survey of 2,000 adults, revealed that we spend, on average, two hundred and eighteen minutes procrastinating every day, which amounts to fifty five days of lost time each year. Employees waste forty three minutes daily just by doing non-work related things, like making tea or gossiping with colleagues, which equates to £76 billion lost to British businesses each year.
Procrastination is almost always based on some kind of fear. Our minds make all our future tasks big and scary. So we procrastinate. We try to avoid the pain that we know is surely going to come. The problem is that to stay in this place of “comfort” we sacrifice something much more valuable: time. Twenty per cent of people worldwide identify themselves as chronic procrastinators. And despite what the super-organised among us may believe, their behaviour is not caused by a lack of time management or planning.
So to avoid procrastinating you must set new habits, and the most important part of any new habit is getting started — not just the first time, but each time. It’s not about performance, it’s about consistently taking action. In many ways, getting started is more important than succeeding. It goes without saying that keeping your office clutter free, is a none-negotiable!! Here are 5 SMART SHUI MOVES to avoid procrastination and increase your productivity:
- You won’t believe how many things we put off which could actually be done in less than 2 minutes. Whether it is filling a document rather than adding it to your pile of “to be filled”, or doing the dishes straight after dinner or answering emails instead of leaving it in your inbox for a few days… If a task takes less than two minutes to complete, then do it, do it now!
- Add some metal element to your environment: In Feng Shui, the Metal element represents ideas connected to organization and planning. Your ability to focus and bring projects to completion. Sharp thinking, discernment and insight. Add some white colour, metal elements (could be shimes, vases, silver bowl with fruits, ect…)
- Add circular items: circles will bring Metal into the space, and makes a subtle and useful Feng Shui adjustment.
- Turn on to your five senses. If you want to overcome procrastination, and increase your powerhouse of productivity give each of your senses serious consideration. Decide what sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and feelings elicit your creative energy and resourcefulness. Get yourself emotionally connected with your space…
- Open the window, do so at least for 10 minutes each morning and afternoon. Let fresh air in (CHI/energy), it helps regenerate your office energy. If the air conditioning is your only access to fresh air, place a plant on or near your desk. This will help to purify the air.
Stephen Covey said: “How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.”
Go on, get started move your CHI and ACT…