The Roots of Procrastination
Procrastination is complicated. Does it have to do with perfectionism?
Ummm. YES. Yes, it does.
So do everyone a favor and shut down perfectionistic behavior. No good comes from being a perfectionist.
And anxiety? Yep, it’s a real thing. Even in kids - maybe especially in kids. Children have very little control over their lives, and this can sometimes cause stress and anxiety.
How to deal with anxiety? Self-care. Going to bed on time, eating good food, getting enough exercise, and limiting technology. Try meditation or just some calming music. All of those habits put together will add up to better balance, which helps with stress and anxiety. Also, consistency and routine. Children crave limits, and without them, anxiety can become the norm.
The great thing about being young (besides being young), is that behavior patterns are not that well-established yet. As parents, caregivers, and teachers, it is our job to instill good habits in our children - so let’s get busy!
Task Initiation (aka NOT procrastinating) has been neatly summed up by the folks at Nike: Just Do It! Here are some more tangible strategies:
In this busy world with so many things happening at once, it can be hard to pay attention and easy to lose focus. Here are some strategies that will help!
So much of success in life is just sticking with it. Here are some ways to increase the odds!
Remember it takes time to establish habits - both good and bad. By applying these tools on a consistent, day-to-day basis, the children in your life will be on the path to success!
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