What is Procrastination, and How do I stop procrastinating?

Procrastination - "the action of delaying or postponing something"
 
Or as the ancient Greeks called it Akrasia. As far back as Aristotle and Socrates humans have recorded observing the conundrum of 'why people do things against their better judgement'. Why do we put things off and lack in self-control?
 
Why do we do procrastinate?
 
Behavioural Psychologists put it down to rewards and time.
If you can have a small reward NOW, then that can be a  more powerful motivator than a large reward later. This is known as Time Inconsistency.
 
Our Future self is very good at setting goals, but it is our Present self that takes action, and our present self is motivated by what happens now.
 
If you stay on the couch, where it is nice and comfy, that, can be perceived as being a greater reward than the future possibility of, being fitter and healthier, should you decide to get up and go for a run.
 
The Present self is all about instant gratification.
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Dealing with Overwhelm

I am sure if you are anything like me, that picture really does paint a thousand words.

We all have days and moments when we feel like this....

As mothers we feel like we should be able to hold it together, after all we should be leading by example right?

But sometimes it can feel like everything is against us!

Have you every found yourself making statements using the words....

Everything...

Always...

Never...

Everybody...

Nobody...

If you are saying anything like this in your  head ....

"The house is Always in mess"...

"Nobody every helps me..."

"We Never get out of the house on time..."

This is a sure sign of overwhelm!

Let's face it as the Matriach of our house a lot of things do fall to us to sort out.

But if you really stop and ask yourself ......Are any of these inner dialogues really 100% true?

Has Nobody ever helped - or did somebody else clear the table yesterday?

Is your whole house a mess - or is the cupboard in the toilet actually quite tidy?

Often as mothers...

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