Column: Happy Well Being Life’s Caroline S Asante talks procrastination




Velvet’s contributing wellbeing editor Caroline S. Asante shares her tips on how to embrace a new season of life and leave procrastination behind

Happy International Women's Month!

March, symbolic of spring, gives us a fresh start feeling. Let's carry with us the wisdom that spring imparts. It's a time to shed the old layers of procrastination and hesitation and to step forward into a season of action and growth.

Caroline S Asante
Caroline S Asante

Embrace New Beginnings

Each day brings with it a new opportunity to change how we view any situation; to bloom! I cherish this concept deeply.

I often write in this column about looking at the seasons to help align with the natural rhythm of life. How often have we told ourselves: ‘I'll start tomorrow’, only to find that tomorrow becomes a never-ending loop?

So, let's touch upon procrastination, a subject I explore in depth in my feature ‘Overcoming Procrastination: Strategies to Break Free From Delay Tactics’ at happywellbeinglife.com

Winter, with its short, cold days, often mirrors our own procrastination, as we delay tasks and goals, promising to tackle them 'tomorrow.' But as the snow melts and the days lengthen, spring challenges us to break free from this cycle of delay and embrace the present moment with renewed energy and purpose.

Acknowledging the Roots of Procrastination

To truly live in the now and move into new ways, we must first acknowledge the roots of our procrastination. It's often more than being lazy or disorganised; it’s deeper than that. Fear of failure, a desire for perfection, or a lack of clear goals can anchor us in inaction. Recognising these underlying issues is the first step towards overcoming them.

Conquering Procrastination

One primary driver behind procrastination is the fear of failure. Many of us experience that paralysing feeling when facing a daunting task, fearing that we might not measure up to the expectations we've set for ourselves. This fear, coupled with concerns about our self-worth and worries about others’ perceptions, leads to ‘self-handicapping’ behaviour. We create obstacles or excuses, like procrastination, as a way to protect our self-esteem.

To overcome this fear, we must practise self-compassion, set realistic goals, and break down tasks into smaller steps. By focusing on progress over perfection, we can dismantle the psychological barriers that fuel procrastination.

Strategies for a Productive Spring

Set Realistic Goals: Break tasks into smaller, achievable steps. This provides a clear path forward and makes tasks less daunting.

Accept Imperfection: Embrace the imperfect journey. Like spring, beauty unfolds gradually, filled with ups and downs. Apply this understanding to your tasks and goals.

Seek Motivation: Just as plants need sunlight, we need motivation to grow. Identify what drives you, whether it’s completing a task, the end result, or the journey itself.

Create a Positive Environment: Ensure your surroundings – both physical and social – support your goals and wellbeing.

Ready to Say Goodbye to Procrastination?

I invite you to join my blog at happywellbeinglife.com where you can delve deeper into the subject of procrastination. Here, you'll also find my newly-designed positive affirmation cards, available for digital download as phone wallpapers or for print.

Caroline's Conquering Procrastination kit
Caroline's Conquering Procrastination kit

These cards are specially crafted to help you combat procrastination and embrace a productive and fulfilling spring season.

To learn more about positive affirmations, wellbeing, and manifesting a balanced and happy life, follow Caroline on Instagram @happy_wellbeing_life or sign up alongside 2,000 other subscribers at happywellbeinglife.com to receive the newsletter, wellbeing content and giveaways

About the Author

Caroline S. Asante is an award-winning former BBC radio broadcaster who stands as a passionate advocate for personal growth, spiritual positivity, and holistic wellbeing.


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