Procrastination: Alicia

Alicia
University Professor
Austin, TX

I've had problems with organization and procrastination all my life. I've always over committed and had a hard time saying no to things. In the past, I've tried to change by reading self-help books. I'd get off to a great start, clean my office, and then it would just be back to the same mess; simply reading about organization was not enough for me.

My lack of order and unrealistic expectations have kept me constantly running, struggling and having to make excuses for not being on time or ready when I said that I would be. It's a pattern that's always been there. I can remember even in high school feeling over committed and overwhelmed. It's very anxiety-producing and it would minimize the amount of time that I have for myself. It's kept me anxious and irritates the dickens out of my husband.

I'd thought about counseling as an approach, but my experience has been that counselors are often looking for a deep rooted trauma or issue and I think I'm a very healthy person whose time was just out of control. I was looking for a way to get things done quickly and thought that hypnosis might be an approach that would work for me. I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on the internet. After our initial visit, I liked Laura's style. She was directive but in a way that didn't pressure me to come up with answers, instead asking me to reflect on my own behavior.

I feel more in control now because I have a way of looking at things and working on doing something about my situation. That's the biggest factor, making the effort and having support to do it. It's given me a greater sense of control and focus and I feel less stress. I've also noticed that I'm using the word ├Črealistically├« more often and that has helped me greatly.

My desk is still clear and I'm cleaning it regularly. I make notes about things that I need to get done and I'm doing a better job at keeping my calendar current. I know what I'm supposed to be doing and there's satisfaction in crossing things off my list. It's easier to find things because I'm filing consistently. It feels good to be able to grab a folder and run and open the folder and have what I need. I have a real sense of relief now.

The best thing for me has been knowing that I have to control my behavior and that the answer is within my power. People can't force me to be responsible, timely, and punctual. It is my choice when it comes to developing a pattern of different behaviors. I would definitely recommend Laura's services because she is very pragmatic and direct in terms of dealing with the issues, so I've never felt like I'm wasting time getting to the issues. I'm now confident that I can do this and I've made so much progress already that I feel certain of future success.