There is no better satisfaction in life than GETTING STUFF DONE! Okay, maybe a few…. like digging my toes in the sand on the beach or snuggling under the covers with my kids….
Kicking procrastination to the curb is one of my favs.
Here’s my chance to talk about a couple more techniques I use on an ongoing basis. I highly recommend you give them a try when you’re facing that procrastination monster that keeps pulling you into Facebook rather than your e-course.
That sure is a crappy feeling.
I’ve given you one of my very favorite techniques already – Ask and Chop (click here to learn more).
Ready for another? I do it every morning.
Introducing you to… Mental Sculpting!
One of my favorite researchers and writers, Heidi Grant Halverson (author of Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals) made quite an impression on my thinking around visioning when she said that it’s much more effective to visualize taking action than it is to envision the outcome that you desire.
And when she says “effective” she means proven to be effective. (Whereas visualizing yourself having attained your goal is not supported by much evidence, if any. So much for all the time I’ve spent doing that.)
Ian Robertson calls this technique “mind sculpture” and devotes a whole book to the power we have to actually remold our minds. In fact, this idea of being able to actually change the neuropathways in the mind (You’ve heard of neuroplasticity?) has been written about frequently since its discovery.
Okay, enough about that – what is it?
Robert Maurer explains it as a total sensory immersion in One Small Step Can Change Your Life:
“It requires its practitioners to pretend that they are actually engaged in the action, not just seeing but hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching. In mind sculpture, people imagine the movement of their muscles, and the rise and fall of their emotions.”
Okay, so you can see how that can play out when you’re learning to play the guitar or score that point, but what’s up with mentally sculpting your e-course?! That sounds crazy!
Or does it?
What you’re trying to do is break down your discomfort, anxiety, reluctance – or whatever is your particular source of procrastination.
Give it a try…
Get still enough to identify what your particular issue is that you think might be driving your procrastination.
For you, it might be….
- Recording yourself on video
- Scripting the course
- Launching your course
- …. Whatever it happens to be.
So think about it. (Or feel it if that’s more your style.) What’s the thing that makes you feel anxious the most? If you’ve got a few things, separate them out. You’ll be dealing with one at a time.
Take the thing you just identified. Identify what actions you will need to take to do that thing. So if it’s actually recording yourself on video think about all the thing you’ll need to do:
- Research cameras and mics
- Buy a camera and mic
- Set your equipment up and then practice with it
- Take your script or outline out and hit, “record”
- Record a segment
- Watch it
- Re-record it if you need to
- Edit it
- Post it in your course system
You get the idea… just make sure you know the steps.
[Not sure if you know what those steps are exactly?
- You can get a high-level roadmap here.
- I also go through a step-by-step project plan with folks in the eCourse Kickstarter that leaves absolutely no mysteries.]
Pick a time each day you can commit to. Maybe it’s first thing in the morning (before getting out of bed). That’s my preferred time. Maybe it’s also the last thing before falling asleep. Maybe it’s on your morning commute.
Just pick a time each day and commit to it.
How long do you need?
Some people say 30 seconds is all you need, but I tend to go between 30 to 60 seconds. See how it goes for you.
Now, Mental Sculpt!
Immerse yourself in the action. Feel the cold of the microphone as you envision yourself placing it in front of you. Hear the sounds of the microphone stand being repositioned across your desk as you feel the heft of it in your hand. See part of your face reflected in the silver around the microphone….
Do this each step of the way:
- See it,
- Feel it,
- Hear it.
Make sure you don’t just visualize yourself going through the motions – BE IN THE ACTION. You are the one sitting in front of the microphone. You’re not watching yourself sitting in front of the microphone…
In other words, be in the visualization don’t watch it like a movie.
And then – you’re done. That’s it. Easy peasy but very, very powerful.
What if I do this but my procrastination DOESN’T GO AWAY?
Okay, it happens. (And if it didn’t, wouldn’t being a solopreneur be almost a cinch?!)
I’ve also tackled procrastination in, The Best Way to Avoid Procrastinating on Your eCourse, so check that out, too. In that post I talk about another favorite procrastination busting techniques – the Ask & Chop technique.
Or, cut to the chase and
Yes, that’s 20 techniques!
The Ask & Chop technique is #19. Mental Sculpting is #20. Just think of all the other techniques you could use!!
You are bound to find something that will fit you perfectly!
What else can you do?
There are plenty of other ways to fight the procrastination monster. Eat that Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time is another of my favs… But if you Mental Sculpt (and Ask & Chop!) enough you’re bound to push through it and create enough momentum to ride you on to the end of your ecourse journey.
And get those 20 sticky techniques below!