Steps to Breaking Your Procrastination Habit – thnxz to @PickTheBrain


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1. Write down the dreaded task. Writing down the task you’ve been putting off brings the project to the front of your mind so it can’t easily be ignored.

2. Identify the underlying feelings. According to psychologists, procrastination is an emotional reaction. One of three core emotions is always driving it–fear, anger, or sadness. For example, you might be worried that you won’t get the job done well enough and on time (fear). You may feel resentful because you have to do something you hate (anger). Or you might feel inadequate or ill-suited for the task (sadness). Dig down deep to identify which emotion is causing you to drag your heels.

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3. Move the emotion out of your body. Emotions are pure energy; they either flow through our body when we express them, or get stuck when we don’t. If they’re not expressed constructively and physically, they build up inside us like a pressure cooker. In a private setting, do exaggerated shivering to move out the fear; punch a pillow or stomp around to release anger; or watch a movie that makes you cry to express the sadness. It may sound silly, but it works.

4. Find an antidote to each negative thought. What negative thought pops into your head when you think of this task? You can neutralize such negative thinking by replacing each one with a “truth” that contradicts it. For example, if you think “I’ll never be able to learn all this,” you might say to yourself, “If others can learn this, so can I.”

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Jude Bijou, MA, MFT, is a respected psychotherapist, professional educator, and workshop leader. Her theory of Attitude Reconstruction® evolved over the course of more than 30 years working with clients as a licensed marriage and family therapist, and is the subject of her award-winning book, Attitude Reconstruction: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life. Learn more at www.attitudereconstruction.com.

 

Go Ahead, Smash Everything in the Room. It’s Therapy


Tough day at work? Family stressing you out? Come smash stuff at Dallas‘ one and only Anger Room.

We all have those days. You know, the ones where you want to take the nearest heavy object and hurl it at the nearest breakable one? Sadly, it’s not quite socially acceptable to send shards of plastic or glass flying around the room. And most of us don’t have a stockpile of things to smash to bits, nor the time or patience to deal with the cleanup afterwards. Enter a Texas entrepreneur to solve your anger problems, no psychiatrist required.

Donna Alexander is the founder of the aptly-named Anger Room, probably the only business in the world that begs you to break everything in inside it. Located in a Dallas strip mall, the Anger Room is just as you’d hope it would be: filled with old furniture and electronics collected from junkyards and public donations, arranged to look like an office, bedroom or kitchen. But everything here is expendable: go ahead, grab a chair and chuck it across the room. Throw a plant at the computer screen. Stomp on the telephone. Grab a baseball bat and show that glass lamp who’s boss.

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Customers are fully decked out in safety goggles and helmets to protect themselves, but such courtesy isn’t extended to the objects in the room. Anything inside the Anger Room is fair game to be smashed, to whatever heavy metal or angry rap soundtrack gets your blood pumping quickest. The graffiti on the wall reading “Beast Mode” should only serve to further inspire the your rage.

Alexander actually came up with the idea a more than a decade ago, but didn’t launch her first Anger Room until 2008, out of her garage. The idea as ABC News reports, hasn’t changed: at the time, friends would come over to take baseball bats to the old junk in the room. But when word caught on, the demand was too much to handle. “I had strangers showing up at my house,” Alexander said, “so I said, ‘I have to find a real legit place.’” Leer más “Go Ahead, Smash Everything in the Room. It’s Therapy”