PVC Mental Strategy 45

Procrastination Leads to Stagnation

Week 2 of 2

Imagine becoming healthier, happier, less stressed, and faster in the water through a few daily steps. It would require little sacrifice on your part, but over the years, your personal and swimming life would improve immeasurably.

For many swimmers, procrastination is the primary barrier that prevents positive change. But it needn’t be this way, according to cutting-edge research by Jason Wessel. As part of his Ph.D. at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, Wessel developed a system comprising four simple “reflection points” that target the problem’s psychological roots. Ask yourself these questions regularly throughout the day, and you’ll find it far easier to resist tempting distractions, allowing you to focus on the things that matter most.

  • Reflection Point 1: How would a successful person complete the task?
  • Reflection Point 2: How would you feel if you don’t do the required task?
  • Reflection Point 3: What is the next immediate step you need to take?
  • Reflection Point 4: If you could do one thing to achieve the task on time, what  would it be?

To measure your progress, score yourself from 0-5 (at the end of each day) in terms of your overall success. A score of 5 equals significant improvement, and a score of 0 equals no gain.  

The benefits may not be immediate, especially if you’re a “super-procrastinator,” but be patient, prioritize your day (the most important things first), and review the four reflection points throughout the day. 

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