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Who am I? Taking a look at procrastination

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“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”

Jessica Hische

Today’s aspect of the Who am I? question involves taking a look at procrastination. It’s time to ask yourself the following question: what do you do when you procrastinate?

Do you blog? Wade through multiple social media sites? Call all your friends on the phone? Go to the gym? Read a book? Help a colleague with their work? Write an iPhone app? Play a computer game?

1. Make a list of all the things you do to procrastinate, no matter how small you think they are. Either write this down in your notebook or  journal, or on a piece of paper you can keep with you all day long. Procrastination doesn’t only happen at work. It can also happen when you’re at home and need to do the dishes, the laundry, clean out the cat’s litter box, go to the gym, whatever. Just be sure to get it all down.

2. After a week, review your list of procrastination activities and prioritise them in order of preference. Which activities do you most enjoy doing? Number them, alongside the activity.

3. Then, look your list over. Ask yourself: what is this an example of? Write that down next to the procrastination activity. Some ideas, to get you started, using the above activities:

  • Blogging is an example of writing.
  • Social media is an example of communication.
  • Calling friends is an example of communication.
  • Going to the gym is an example of healthcare and wellbeing.
  • Reading a book is an example of education. Or entertainment.
  • Helping a colleague is an example of education. Or mentoring.
  • Writing an iPhone app is an example of technology.
  • Playing a computer game is an example of entertainment. Or technology. Or communication. Or education.

There’s no right or wrong here. The important thing is how you see the activity. Maybe you’re a big fan of a flight simulator game, and you see what as education, rather than entertainment. What does each activity mean to you?

4. Next, look at your top three or five favourite procrastination activities and what they’re an example of. You may notice that you’ve got several in the communication category. Or maybe your top five are all different things. If so, take those five separate things, and see if they might apply to some of your other top five activities. For example, maybe you came up with the following:

  • Blogging is an example of writing.
  • Social media is an example of communication.
  • Going to the gym is an example of healthcare and wellbeing.
  • Reading a book is an example of education.
  • Writing an iPhone app is an example of technology.

Blogging first came to mind as an example of writing. But it can also be communication, education, and technology. Social media can also be a form of writing, education, and technology. Get it? And once you expand your definition of each activity, you then may see some common themes. Maybe it all comes down to communication for you.

The important thing here is getting to know yourself through your procrastination. If you find yourself consistently procrastinating when you’re “supposed” to be getting something done, then it might be a sign to make some changes.

This is an adaptation of a previous post, but it’s so relevant to the Who am I? question, that I decided to include it again. What did you learn from this exercise?

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What do you do when you procrastinate?

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“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”

Jessica Hische

Are you finding it challenging to connect with your life purpose? Not clear on what you want to be when you grow up (this applies at any age)? Maybe it’s time to ask yourself the following question: what do you do when you procrastinate?

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Feeling stuck with your job? Take action!

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Wellness is an important aspect of our professional lives as well as our personal lives, and job satisfaction plays a huge role in professional wellness. So far, I’ve touched on how to keep positive while working toward your dream job and how to find your dream job. When we’re unhappy professionally and feeling stuck in our search for an alternative job, it’s time to take action. The only way to get unstuck is to create an action plan and then get working on it.

First off, get very clear on what it is that makes you unhappy at your current job and what it is that you want in your future professional life. Ask yourself some big questions, and consider the three good questions within them.

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How to find your dream job

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Professional satisfaction is an issue that comes up frequently in coaching sessions. Some people are in the situation where they are out of work and need to find a new job. Others are currently working in a job they dislike and want to find something new.

The question I ask is: What kind of job?

The answer is often: I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.

And how would it be if you did know? How would you feel if you were 100% positive what your dream job is? What excites you about finding your dream job?

It’s easy to come up with the profession of our dreams if we throw away all of our filters and open up to what things in life really make us happy. We aren’t used to doing this, so we need to re-train our mind to open up and dream. After all, how are you going to find your dream job if you don’t dream about it?

There’s no secret science involved. The only way to find that ideal profession is to focus on ourselves and not on everyone else. Forget what your teachers/parents/family/friends/etc. have told you or what they may want you to do, and concentrate on yourself. Keep in mind that we all change over the years, and what might have been your ideal job ten, five, or even a year ago may not be now.

If you’re ready to explore this, great! Get a notebook or open up a blank document on your computer and ask yourself the following questions. Be sure to be as specific as possible, and write down your answers so you can review them later.

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How to keep positive while working toward your dream job

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I recently received the following question: “How to change your mindset if you have a job you dislike, but have not found a new one yet. How to remain positive and how to work toward your dream job, while at the old one.

That’s a good one. A few questions…

If you already had your dream job, how would you feel? Imagine what it would be like. Picture yourself working there. What are you feeling?

Does that feel good? Better than what you’re feeling at your current job? Then get started working toward your dream job, so you can be doing it as soon as possible.

Are you already working toward your dream job? Do you have a plan in place? Do you  have a deadline for starting the new job? Remember, if there’s no one else to set deadlines for you, then you’ll have to do it yourself.

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