Let’s Just Do It. Tips for Passionate Therapists and Coaches To Get Their Practices Back on Track — Tips 7–9: Practice Time-Chunking

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This is a series for coaches and therapists who are passionate about their work and their clients but struggling to find a way to make things work post-Covid as clients melt away and money becomes an issue for most people.

Procrastination is something we all experience. Trouble is, it’s something that can quickly become a habit. And it’s a habit that will derail your business success. People who are successful are people who have learned to tame that particular monster.

Here are three ways to help you boot it out the door.

1. Practice Time-Chunking

Decide on a chunk of time — half-an-hour, an hour, or more if you think you can do it. Then stop multi-tasking and focus for your set time period on doing ONE task you’ve been putting off. Planning to work on a chore only for a short time-chunk can be a surprisingly effective way to deal with procrastination.

And it stops the endless temptation to try multitasking. You will find you can do different time chunks at different times of the day. I can do much longer ones in the morning before I take a break. Experiment and listen to your body.

2. Plan Your Week

It doesn’t have to be the most meticulous plan in the universe. You just need to spend less than ten minutes making a note of tasks you will need to fit in during the following week.

In a good world you can chunk this down too. After you have mapped out the overview of your weekly tasks spend 10 minutes every ‘end of the day’ setting up the following days tasks from the weekly list.

3. Start the Task Even if You’re Planning to Procrastinate

If you think you’re going to procrastinate, get everything ready and set up, at least, so you can start the task straight away when you return. Then start it. Even if you only work on it for a few minutes.

Half the time, you will find you just keep going, once you’ve actually started. And even if you don’t, you’ll discover a task that has been set up and started is much easier to tackle when you finish your nap or your game or close Facebook.

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