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Procrastination. It is something we are all guilty of. It’s age of the internet and now more than ever, it’s so easy to sit down with your phone, not realising the hours whiling away. Yet we all say how busy we are! ‘I don’t have time to do that!’ is a catch-cry for most of us.
So what is your biggest bugbear, the thing you could be starting today?
New Year's resolutions and willpower
“One year from today,
you’ll wish you had started today.”
Start the new year off right. Every new year, people try and make huge life changing resolutions. Usually it is getting fit or losing weight, giving up smoking or alcohol, or even saving money. And usually, about 2-3 weeks later, they have given it up as a bad job, and say “I’ll try again next year.”
Willpower is something that is also talked about in relation to resolutions. Some people think they don’t have enough willpower to get though and reach their goals. But willpower is more easily described as decision fatigue.2 When you have to make lots of decisions, your brain gets overly tired and requires more glucose, and your decisions become more impulsive.
How to make sure you achieve your goals
Leaving yourself with big, vague goals will set you up to fail. Instead:,
Long term benefits of small decisions
Small consistent changes, like taking multivitamins or regularly getting adjusted, might seem small now, but they can make a huge difference to your overall health in the long term.
Why procrastination is bad for you
If you needed any more convincing, let’s talk about why procrastinating can actually be detrimental to your overall health. When we procrastinate and put off tasks, this can be linked to the function in our amygdala. The amygdala is the switchboard for our fight or flight response, or our stress response. When we procrastinate, or “fail to start”, often it is the amygdala telling us ‘remember what happened last time you did that? It wasn’t good’. While it can be good to learn from our mistakes, this is an overactive stress response from our brain, impeding us from beginning our task.7
How can we help procrastination?
By lowering our stress response.
Healthy habits to start
Try some of these:
Making a few small changes can make a big, lasting difference in your life. And procrastinating can make you more stressed. So what are you putting off that you could start today? Leave us a comment below so we can help you and answer all your questions.
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