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Physical Well-being

Impulsiveness is a big component of procrastination for some people. The nearness of today’s temptation takes precedence over tomorrow’s distant, abstract goals, and we lack progress. Fortunately, we can implement strategies to “tone down the [brain’s] limbic system and pump up the prefrontal cortex” [Piers Steel, The Procrastination Equation, p. 144*] to reduce impulsivity and procrastination.

Life has various responsibilities that are no fun, so our procrastination may kick in and we put off doing what we need to do. As pointed out by Piers Steel, author of The Procrastination Equation *, anything that has a low value or measure of enjoyment is what makes some of us vulnerable to procrastination.   Steel identifies several strategies for making our responsibilities more enjoyable or meaningful, thereby reducing the risk of procrastination.

If you expect you won’t succeed in something, you probably experience procrastination in that area of your life. Do you tell yourself, “I’ll never be able to [quit smoking, write that report, find a mate, lose weight…]”? Low expectation is one of three main causes* of procrastination, and procrastination is growing in our society. 

Is procrastination a problem for you in some areas of your life but not others? Telling yourself you need to be in the “right frame of mind” to get something done, or that you “work better under pressure”, means you are procrastinating about something. Another sign of procrastination is choosing things that are enjoyable, comfortable, or easier for you, rather than the task at hand.

Our community was shocked and saddened when a 15-year-old boy drowned recently. This has prompted me to re-launch a previous blog. I was astonished to learn that drowning people don’t shout or wave their arms, as we so often see in movies. Rather, they tend to quietly and unobtrusively drown. Children are usually noisy in the water, so if a child goes quiet, find out why.

If you’ve had some casual neighbourhood conversations, you may find yourself looking for deeper dialogues about things that really matter to you. Getting involved in local groups is a good way to start. I think that connecting with others who share your interests is one of the best ways to counteract the rampant individualism and loneliness in our society. Being with others encourages conversations!