You've spent years following productivity hacks, everything from time blocking, to "eating the frog" and yet procrastination still hits you hard. What if instead procrastination is a sign that there's something out of alignment? That's what we're covering in this week's episode of Transcend.
In this episode, I share how procrastination can be a sign of misalignment in our personal and business lives. Through my experience as a full-time litigator, I realized that my procrastination stemmed from a lack of alignment with my current work, especially when I no longer enjoyed the court experience. I emphasize that procrastination isn't a productivity issue but an indication that we're out of alignment with our goals.
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Timestamped summary of this episode:
00:00:00 - Introduction,
Asha Wilkerson introduces herself as a business coach helping service-based entrepreneurs align their business goals with their personal goals to create a life they want to show up for.
00:00:45 - Procrastination as a Sign of Misalignment,
Asha shares her realization that procrastination is actually a sign of misalignment, and not just a lack of motivation or productivity. She discusses how we are taught various tips and tricks to overcome procrastination, but when those don't work, it's a sign to reassess our alignment.
00:02:05 - Example of Misalignment,
Asha shares a personal story about her time as a litigator, how she initially enjoyed being in court and advocating for her clients, but eventually found herself procrastinating more and more on the work. She discusses how this procrastination affected her mental health and her relationships with her clients.
00:05:00 - Identify Tasks Out of Alignment,
Asha advises listeners to identify the tasks that are no longer in alignment with their skills or desires. She encourages them to ask themselves who would be better suited to complete those tasks, and to make a plan to delegate or eliminate them.
00:09:26 - Coaching Support,
Asha offers coaching support for those who need help reassessing their alignment and identifying tasks to delegate or eliminate. She encourages listeners to book a call with her or another coach to make a plan for their business that aligns with their strengths and goals.
00:29 Hi there. Welcome back to another episode of Transcend the podcast. I am delighted that you are here. I'm so happy that you are listening to me every week, listening with me every week. And if this is your first time here, welcome, welcome.
00:42 Today I'm going to be talking to you about procrastination. It hit me the other day that procrastination is probably really just a sign of misalignment. Not probably. Procrastination actually is a sign of misalignment. But that's not what we're taught.
00:59 That's not what we're told. When we're younger, there are so many tips and tricks and methods to get us to do things faster, wake up earlier, do all the hard things first. Make a to do list. If you're like me. Make a to do list and create your own little square boxes so you can check them off.
01:16 Give yourself a little reward at the end after you've done the thing. But what happens if none of those things actually motivate you to get this stuff done? I have been there. I am currently there. And I know that for me and for you, it's a sign of misalignment.:: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: ::
05:51 And just because it did at one time and it no longer does at this time doesn't mean that you have messed up. We are people that grow and evolve, we create families, we create trips that we go on, we create new friends, we have different dynamics, we're growing and changing internally, we're getting more mature, we're deciding we don't have time or energy for this, that or the third. We are not meant to stay in the exact same place that we were when we first signed up for this job, when we first started this business, or when we first made this commitment. So take the judgment off of yourself. Stop beating yourself up.
06:28 Stop thinking that if you got up 30 minutes earlier, you would just do better and give yourself the space and the grace to be curious about whether the work that you were doing or the tasks that you're procrastinating on is really in alignment with who you are today and what you want to be doing. The first step is to identify the tasks that are no longer in alignment and then the second step is once you've identified the tasks that are no longer in alignment with you, it's to ask yourself who would be better at doing this task? Who is this task created for? Who is the right person for it? Who does it come easily and naturally to?
07:06 And once you can identify that person either by name or by job description, maybe this would be something that would be better for someone who specializes in marketing. For me, for example, I feel like I'm terrible at social media marketing. I have stuff going on, I'm not publicizing it enough. I really need someone who can come in and create that content calendar and create I'm someone who's really good at the graphics but I'm not someone who can take that planning off of my brain because I'm still very involved in it. It's not where I shine best.
07:40 I shine best at working with and coaching with my clients. And so now I've identified someone who can help me with the graphics. And now I need to identify someone who can actually help me with the marketing plan and to create the captions and the words that go out there into the Internet space and find you all. And then once I've identified that or now that I have identified that my next step is to make a plan to get it off of my plate and onto theirs. So first, you identify the task that's no longer in alignment.
08:12 Second, you identify the person or the solution, the resource that you need that would be better in alignment for completing the task. And then third, you make a plan to move that task from your plate onto the other plate. This is what I do frequently with my clients that I coach with one on one. I have worked with an advertising agency owner, worked with a number of people in the healthcare profession from Chiropractors to Acupuncturists. I've worked with attorneys, I've worked with all kinds of folks business coaches, leadership coaches, and we all go through the same thing.
08:47 Initially we take on a number of tasks, eventually we grow and we decide that some of these tasks are no longer in alignment with us. And then we have to take the brave action to remove those tasks from our plate and to put them on to somebody else's. Part of it that I needed as I was growing in my business, especially as a young attorney, was permission. I needed permission to not do the things that I didn't want to do. I needed permission to think outside the box.
09:15 I needed permission to create a business that played to my strengths instead of trying to fit myself into a box that wasn't made for me. So if you are feeling like you are procrastinating and things are out of alignment and you're not sure what to do or how to do it. You're not sure if you can be a social worker and not have a traditional social work practice. If you're not sure that you can be a coach and not do things the way you see all the coaches on Instagram doing them, then it's time for you to book a call with me or with a coach. So we can take a look at your business and look at your skill set and decide what is truly for you and what you can delegate or eliminate.
10:04 I have some coaching spots coming up soon. Take a look at the link in the Show Notes to get on my call calendar so we can talk about whether or not one on one coaching is right for you. I would love to work with you to make a plan so that you are doing the things in your business that align with you so you can stop procrastinating and wake up each day ready to tackle the things that you need to do in your business to move the needle forward. Thanks for listening. See you next week.
10:31 Thank you so much for listening. If you want to hear more on how you can align your business and your life with me as a coach, head to the Show Notes and sign up for the email list. See you next week.