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Overcoming Procrastination with the Help of Mindset Therapy


Procrastination is a common and challenging issue that plagues many individuals, particularly students. It’s that nagging feeling that insists there’s still plenty of time to complete a task or that there are more interesting or more important things to do in the moment. We all have been there.  Sometimes it’s our perfectionism about the perfect outcome or job we must land  – that leads to feelings of overwhelm and avoidance.  

We then may find ourselves pushing things to the very last minute.  However, with the help of mindset work and therapy, procrastination doesn’t have to dominate your life. 

Understanding Mindset Work/Therapy

Mindset therapy falls into the realm of cognitive-behavioral therapies and zeroes in on shifting a person’s mindset. It’s about adjusting the way you view your world and how you interpret obstacles and situations. A mindset is more than just a fleeting thought; it represents our foundational beliefs about ourselves and our capabilities.

chart showing fixed and growth mindset There are typically two mindsets that are primarily focused on: fixed and growth. A fixed mindset carries the belief that our abilities are unchanging and rigid, while a growth mindset holds the conviction that abilities can be honed and enhanced through perseverance and consistent effort. Individuals with a growth mindset are more inclined to tackle challenges, remain resilient in the face of obstacles, view effort as a road to expertise, gain knowledge from criticism, and draw motivation and lessons from the accomplishments of others.

Using Mindset Therapy to Overcome Procrastination

Now, how can mindset therapy help in overcoming procrastination? Let’s break it down into three steps:

Recognize and Understand Your Procrastination

The first step in overcoming procrastination is recognizing and understanding why you’re procrastinating. Are you afraid of failure or success? Do you feel overwhelmed by the task? Are you struggling with perfectionism? Recognizing these reasons can help you understand your fixed mindset triggers.

Develop a Growth Mindset

Once you understand why you’re procrastinating, the next step is to develop a growth mindset. This involves changing your perspective about the task and your abilities. Instead of viewing the task as overwhelming or impossible, see it as an opportunity to learn and grow. Believe that you can improve your skills through effort and persistence.

Implement Strategies to Overcome Procrastination

Finally, use strategies to overcome procrastination. Break down large tasks into smaller, manageable chunks. Set realistic goals and deadlines for yourself. Use positive reinforcement to reward yourself when you complete tasks. Seek support from teachers, friends or a therapist if needed. And most importantly, practice self-compassion. Understand that everyone procrastinates sometimes, and it’s okay to make mistakes and learn from them.

Procrastination is a common problem among students, but it’s not insurmountable. Through mindset therapy, you can shift your outlook, cultivate a growth mindset and adopt tactics to combat procrastination. Bear in mind, the goal isn’t to eradicate procrastination completely (a near-impossible task), but to manage it effectively to prevent it from hindering your scholastic achievement or personal life.

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