Mantras to avoid procrastination

Here are a few mantras you can fill in to reduce stress, avoid boredom, and thus, avoid procrastination:

  • I know I will be stressed doing this, but [insert long-term happiness that you can feel by constantly facing the stress from the activity].
  • I know I will be bored doing this, but [insert the most fun thing you can do by finishing the activity].
  • I know I will be stressed doing this, but [insert worst-case scenario that will make your life more stressful] .
  • I know I will be bored doing this, but [insert worst-case scenario that will make your life more dull].

Procrastination is usually defined as a ”time management” issue, but there are studies saying that it is actually an ”emotion management” issue that usually derives from avoiding the perceived stress induced by our work and from being disengaged with the work that does not give instant gratification. Thus, in this ”Mantras” episode you’ll notice how the sentences start on being mindful of your stress or boredom.

References:

1. Journal: ”Procrastination, Emotion Regulation, and Well-Being” by Timothy A.Pychyl and Fuschia M.Sirois, Jul. 15, 2016

2. Article: ”Why procrastination is about managing emotions, not time” by Dr Christian Jarrett, Jan. 23, 2020

3. Article: ”Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)” by Charlotte Lieberman, Mar 03, 2019

Mantras and affirmations to live the day to the fullest

Few mantras and affirmations:

  • I will avoid reading statements from people who kept sharing unreliable information regardless if used to look up on them in the past.
  • I will avoid resorting to habits that are part of coping mechanisms and, instead, I will resolve the things that concerns or bothers me heads-on regardless if I would consume energy and time more than comfort zone’s usual energy and time consumption.
  • I will be mindful to every movement I would do, to every words that I would utter, and to every decision I would take regardless if I feel like it is uncomfortable, disturbing and/or terrifying.

Mantras to deal with tendencies of bad attitude, bad character, and incompetence

There are the things you need to consider when dealing with yourself and other people. To deal with your biases. To deal with your flaws that has tendency to be misunderstood. To improve yourself in communicating well your thoughts and feelings. To build long-lasting bond and relationship, not only with your family, friends, but also people you meet along the phases of your life:

Mantras you can fill in:

  • I feel [or I am] frustrated because of ___ , but I have to ___, thus___ .
  • I feel [or I am] disappointed because of ___, but I have to ___, thus ___ .
  • I feel [or I am] mad because of ___, but I have to ___, thus ___ .
  • I feel [or I am] humiliated because of ___, but I have to ___, thus ___ .
  • I feel [or I am] pressured because of ___, but I have to ___, thus ___ .
  • I feel [or I am] annoyed because of ___, but I have to ___, thus ___ .
  • I feel [or I am] upset because of ___, but I have to ___, thus ___ .

There are lots more of things to fill in, let me know if you have suggestions.