Tag Archive | Personality type

Secrets of Procrastination

“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.”

– Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

 

I listened to a podcast recently on Procrastination, with the wonderful Jeffery Combs, and I started to realise that procrastination is a definite part of my life, so it was a quick decision to write about it as I’m sure there are many people who will want to read this.

 

Why read this?

 

Because:

  • it’s a reason to put off doing what you know you need to do,
  • you want to find out if you are a procrastinator, or
  • to see how you can change being a procrastinator!

 

Do you answer Yes to any of these questions?

  • did you, or do you, do your homework or study at the last minute?
  • do you only do your washing when you run out of clothes?
  • do you do your ironing when you are getting dressed in the mornings?
  • are your clothes in piles on the floor, waiting to be put away or stored or given away?
  • do you arrive late to appointments, parties, work…..?
  • do you undertake your preparation for meetings, presentations just before the event?
  • does TV stop you ‘doing’ things?
  • do you say “I need to….” or “I should….”?
  • do you love sitting down and reading a good novel, even when you have chores to be done?
  • do you ‘wing it’ in life, very ‘last minute’?

 

If you answered YES, you are a PROCRASTINATOR!!!

The next step then is how to change this?

 

  1. Make a committment to change
  2. Be objective and honest with yourself
  3. Follow systems, be organised

 

Make a Committment to Change

This is the first step on your daily Life Journey to change from being a procrastinator to becoming a producer!  Without making the decision to change, you will never make the change, your mind will continue to put off until tomorrow the steps you are to take to ensure your success in life.

Stop making excuses and start making decisions.  The energy given to the statement “I am….” is far higher than, “I should….”

Practice it, how does it feel to say each one, where do you feel the energy?

 

Be Objective & Honest With Yourself

How often do you say, “I don’t know why I……”?

YOU are the only person who really knows why you do what you do – be honest with why you are putting off until tomorrow what you could begin doing today.

What are you afraid of if you do complete a task? Is it fear of:-

  • failure?
  • being judged?
  • what will happen if the outcome is successful?
  • being disappointed if the outcome isn’t what you desire?

Procrastination is the effect of a cause, not the cause – it is a learned behaviour, not part of who you are.  Take the decision to change, then discover WHY you want to avoid a successful outcome.  Take the story out of the possible outcome, e.g., stop worrying about what might happen, and focus on being productive!

 

Follow Systems, Become Organised

Quite often procrastination is a result of being disorganised and becoming overwhelmed with that level of disorganisation.

A useful system to begin following is to divide your time up over your day, include in the planning

  • your family time,
  • your exercise time,
  • your meals,
  • your productive time and
  • your relaxation time

 

Ask yourself at the end of every day –

“How effective have I been today?” 

“Has my activity included some productivity?”

Utilise a gratitude diary at the end of every day also, include 10 things for which you are grateful for. These can begin as small steps, but always say thank you for the steps you have undertaken to reduce your procrastination, e.g., ‘I am grateful for establishing my diary planning today’

 

Procrastination

If you are looking to reduce your procrastination and wish to be mentored through this, contact me now!

 

Veratrum album & Cedarwood

Veratrum album

 

Liliaceae family. Also known as White Hellebore, usually grown in the mountains in Central and Southern Europe.

Veratrum_album

The Veratrum type is often described as being dogmatic in their views, being over-mentalised and not connected to those around them, that they have a drive in their daily work to achieve.  Initially this can be seen to be similar to the Cedarwood personality type in that they too can be dogmatic in their views, selfish and dominating.  However, for the Veratrum’s this drive is due to an underlying fear about their position in society/work/family.  They can, and often do, lie or cheat in order to maintain this position, due to the fear of losing it. It’s not due to an underlying lack of courage or self-esteem, Veratrum’s have plenty of that.

The outward personality symptoms of Veratrum appear to be relevant to Cedarwood, however, the underlying reasons for those personality symptoms do not correlate well with Cedarwood and the underlying need for strength and courage.  Veratrum’s are more concerned with maintaining their current position, no matter what.

The need to lie to maintain their position

Physically Veratrum album has an affinity with the nerves, specifically those in the abdominal region, though also heart and blood vessels.  There is also an affinity for blood, respiratory and digestive systems.  We can see a correlation between Veratrum and Cedarwood in the area of respiratory and circulation, however, like Lycopodium, there is an affinity for the digestive system that is not reflected in Cedarwood.

Overall, I would not be as confident using Cedarwood in conjunction with a Veratrum remedy as the underlying nature of the personality type does not fit, and as such, the essential oil and the remedy would be working on different aspects, not supporting the underlying causation, though an external personality is similar.  Hahnemann discusses how we are to strengthen the vital force to ensure the secondary action of the body occurs, the movement in the direction of healing. In order to undertake this, both the essential oil and the remedy need to be supporting the vital force.  I’m sure there is another oil that will benefit the Veratrum types.