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Why do you procrastinate?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The answer to that question is the key to changing your behavior, therapists say. Don't put off taking this self-test.

1. Think of all the ways something could go wrong?

2. Imagine how people would view you if you failed?

3. Fear that you will ultimately let someone down?

4. See yourself as inadequate?

5. Say "I can't" when someone asks you to do something?

6. Prefer not to do something at all than to do it imperfectly?

7. Wait until the "right" time to face a challenge?

8. Find that completing almost any task is arduous and slow?

Try it: Pull the plug on catastrophic thinking. Convinced you'll not just make a mistake, but will ruin everything? Challenge that theory: What evidence do you have that this is true? Chances are, the things you imagine to be life-ending would merely present you with new challenges-and opportunities.

Try it: Prove that you can. Many people who procrastinate believe they are incompetent, even when their performance suggests otherwise. Putting things off prevents you from ever succeeding, reinforcing this negative self-perception. Make yourself attempt one difficult task and see what happens. You may be surprised at what you're capable of!

Try it: Be average (for a change).
Pick a project that you've been avoiding and just do it. Hit a few key points in your presentation instead of making an exhaustive list. Rather than organize the entire kitchen, do one cabinet. You need to accept a little imperfection to realize that it beats getting nothing done at all.

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CELIA1975 3/27/2011 8:41AM

    Got a score of 3. This is an area of my life I've been working on.


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SVELTINGTON 3/26/2011 9:54AM

    No X 8 for me. Thank you for another thought provoking blog.

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BILLTMAN 3/26/2011 8:49AM

    Why do I procrastinate? - I don't know, I'll think about it later. Ok, I guess I fit mor or less in the 6-8 category.

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ANIMALMAGIC 3/26/2011 8:30AM

  Very revealing. I'm in the 6-8 catagory I'm afraid!

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ELLYFINT 3/26/2011 8:22AM

    Thanks for sharing this! I'm a degenerate procrastinator :(

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RIKKI572 3/26/2011 7:59AM

    Thanks for sharing - have a great day!!

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UNCOMMONANGEL 3/26/2011 7:50AM

    Hmmm... what does a 14 mean? lol

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Friday, March 25, 2011

This duck waddles into a bar, and the bartender says, “What can I get for you?” The duck says, “Got any grapes?” The bartender says, “No, we serve beer and whiskey and stuff like that.” The duck says, “Okay,” and he leaves.

The next day, the same duck comes in, hops up on the stool, and says, “Got any grapes?” The bartender says, “No—I’ve told you two days in a row that we don’t have any grapes. You come in here again and I’m going to nail your beak to the bar!” So the duck leaves.

The very next day, the same duck comes back into the bar and says, “Got any nails?” The bartender says, “No, why?” And the duck says, “Got any grapes?”

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

The field of ecotherapy (the use of nature in physical and psychological healing) is gaining legitimacy as a remedy for a range of mental maladies, including posttraumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and depression. Mounting evidence suggests that, in some cases, exposure to the outdoors may enhance the efficacy of antidepressants or talk therapy. If we want to improve our health and well-being as a species, there's no substitute for being in nature.

What exactly is it about the outdoors that balms the psyche? Immersion in nature calls on all of our senses, which in turn stimulates creativity and intelligence, enlivening and exciting us.

The sense of connectedness we find in nature is amplified by its power to inspire awe (the feeling of wonder we experience when faced with something that challenges or expands our understanding of the world. That wonderment - what you feel when you're, say, standing at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon - may make your everyday anxieties seem more manageable.

Natural space may be inherently stress-relieving because they provide a lot of rhythmic stimuli, such as water falling or leaves rustling. These sounds tend to provoke deep relaxation, giving us a chance to calm the speed of the mind. That frees up a lot of mental space to deal with our problems.

Immersing yourself in any natural environment can be restorative, even if it's just a patch of green in the city.

Time spent in nature is one of the only real, consistent, inexpensive antidotes to the burnout we're feeling both individually and as a society.

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MOMENTSMATTER 3/25/2011 2:07AM

    You are so correct!! Author Henry David Thoreau comes to mind as I read your blog. I so enjoy a vegetable garden. Nothing like picking your own fruit and vegetables. Looking forward to being outside more!!! emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 3/24/2011 12:47PM

    I always feel energized after being outside regardless of the weather.

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RIKKI572 3/24/2011 8:55AM

    I never knew there was an official name for it, but I have always believed that anything you do outdoors is better for you.
Have a great day!! emoticon

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LLLAWSON 3/24/2011 8:06AM

    Love it!! So totally agree. Being outside and seeing nature around you whatever the season is calming and inspiring. My fav would have to be full moons when I run in the dark. It makes it sooo worth while.

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/24/2011 7:57AM

    Really good blog. I know you are right.

ALso, standing at the ocean's edge does that for me. As I look out over the horizon, I realize how small my problems are, when compared to the world out there.


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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

More doctors are ordering their patients outside to enjoy themselves. Besides boosting feel-good brain chemicals, outdoor exercise improves high blood pressure and other disease risk factors while triggering an increase in blood levels of protective vitamin D. To further crank up endorphins, pick an activity that helps the planet. Check out cycling routes on traillink.com. The free service from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (a nonprofit that helps convert out-of-use railroad corridors) provides interactive maps, reviews & more. Happy trails indeed.

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I'm so excited - they are convert an out-of-use railroad almost in my backyard!! It's just a block or two from my house and I can't wait!! emoticon

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RIKKI572 3/23/2011 9:29PM

    What a great prescription - I know the outdoors works for me. Have a great day!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/23/2011 4:15PM

    I like a combination of both, since I love the gym, but I like walking also.

I'm so glad you will have one in your back yard

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STARRPARENT 3/23/2011 9:48AM

    I love doing things outdoors. I also need the Vitamin D the sun provides.

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BILLTMAN 3/23/2011 7:19AM

    I don't know where you live but we have had some beautiful weather here in central Florida to be outside. I highly recommend it.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

We all handicap ourselves with insecurity.

It's up to us to reset the self-worth scale and alter the message we send out into the world.

(Easier said than done, right? But well worth working on!)

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KEEKEE1ST 3/22/2011 2:45PM

    I'm working on it!

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/22/2011 1:33PM

    I am so insecure but I am working on it and losing weight really helps my self image.

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4EVERFIT011 3/22/2011 10:26AM

    Nicely stated! A positive attitude can get you a long way but it is not always easy to maintain. We do have to work on feeling better about ourselves under all circumstances. Thanks for sharing.

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BILLTMAN 3/22/2011 9:13AM

    A lot can be accomplished through a Positive Mental Attitude. We all have to work on it.

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SVELTINGTON 3/22/2011 9:03AM

    I agree!

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RIKKI572 3/22/2011 8:41AM

    A positive attitude can make all the difference!! Have a great day!

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LLLAWSON 3/22/2011 8:12AM

    True and true!!

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