AVOIDANCE is a common human tendency.

Avoidance - 5 techniques to learn to overcome putting things off

Avoidance – 5 techniques to learn to overcome putting things off

INTRODUCTION:

Whether it’s procrastinating on a daunting task, dodging difficult conversations, or sidestepping uncomfortable emotions, we’ve all been there. But the longer we AVOID something, the more it tends to loom over us, draining our energy and hindering our progress. The good news is that avoidance is not insurmountable. With a proactive approach and some strategic tactics, you can break free from the cycle of avoidance and reclaim your productivity and peace of mind. Here are five tips to help you overcome avoidance and tackle the things you’ve been putting off:

1. Break it Down:

One of the main reasons we avoid tasks is because they seem overwhelming. We perceive them as a massive mountain that’s too daunting to climb. The key to overcoming this barrier is to break the task down into smaller, more manageable steps. Instead of focusing on the entire project, identify the specific actions you need to take to move forward. Create a step-by-step plan and tackle each component one at a time. By breaking the task down into bite-sized pieces, you’ll find it much easier to make progress and stay motivated. I love writing lists and the things I really don’t want to do are right at the top. I love when they are done and I can cross them off my list, this makes me feel great.

 2. Set Realistic Goals:

Unrealistic goals can be a major roadblock to progress. When we set the bar too high, we set ourselves up for failure, which can lead to avoidance. Instead, set realistic and achievable goals that align with your capabilities and resources. Break your larger goals into smaller milestones, and celebrate each accomplishment along the way. By setting realistic goals, you’ll build confidence in your ability to succeed and reduce the urge to avoid challenging tasks. Create a list of the tasks you need to do and knowing what you can do realistically in the time is important to prevent overwhelm.

3. Manage Your Time Wisely:

Poor time management is a common trigger for avoidance. When we feel overwhelmed by a lack of time, we’re more likely to procrastinate and avoid important tasks. To overcome this barrier, prioritize your tasks based on their urgency and importance. Use tools like to-do lists, calendars, and time-blocking techniques to organize your schedule and allocate dedicated time for tackling tasks you’ve been avoiding. By managing your time effectively, you’ll create a sense of structure and control that can help reduce avoidance behaviours. As I mentioned before, I am a great advocate of using handwritten lists as I get so much joy from crossing the tasks of the list – it is an endorphin boost.

 4. Confront Your Fears:

Often, AVOIDANCE is driven by fear – fear of failure, rejection, or discomfort. However, avoiding our fears only gives them power over us. To break free from avoidance, it’s essential to confront your fears head-on. Take some time to identify the underlying reasons why you’ve been avoiding certain tasks or situations. Then, challenge those fears by reframing your mindset and focusing on the potential benefits of taking action. Remember that growth and success often lie on the other side of fear, and facing your fears is a crucial step towards personal and professional development. Someone told me recently ‘Fear and Success do not go hand-in-hand’ – so learning to push through fear and get things done is a great sense of achievement.

 5. Seek Support:

Overcoming avoidance is not always easy, and it’s okay to ask for help. Reach out to friends, family members, or colleagues who can offer encouragement, accountability, or practical assistance. Consider enlisting the support of a mentor, coach, or therapist who can provide guidance and strategies for overcoming avoidance behaviours. Surround yourself with positive influences who can cheer you on and help you stay motivated on your journey to tackling the things you’ve been avoiding. Getting help will save you time and money in the long term, so it makes sense to know when to outsource to free you up to do the things you enjoy.

CONCLUSION:

In conclusion, AVOIDANCE is a common challenge that can hinder our productivity, growth, and well-being.

However, by implementing these five strategies – breaking tasks down, setting realistic goals, managing your time wisely, confronting your fears, and seeking support – you can overcome avoidance and take proactive steps towards achieving your goals.

Remember that change takes time and effort, so be patient and persistent as you work towards breaking free from avoidance and embracing a more fulfilling and purposeful life.

Overcome Avoidance and Procrastination with 5 simple techniques to reclaim your power

Overcome Avoidance and Procrastination with 5 simple techniques to reclaim your power

 

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