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NLP timeline technique for procrastination

Time procrastination

An NLP Timeline Technique for procrastination after discovering the positive intention would be ideal. How to you discover the positive intention? Read the previous article: NLP Life Coaching Technique for Procrastination.

NLP timeline technique for procrastination

1. Close your eyes, go inside, and take a moment to relax. And get a sense of your life path, even our life paths often in our bodies and minds represent themselves in a certain way. We may or we may not, get a sense where our present is, our past, and our future. They may go up and down, left or right. Where would your future be? Imagine your future as a timeline.

2. Imagine that could float your awareness out of your body (dissociation) while you watch leading your life path (timeline) into the future, doing the process of getting things done, notice how as you get closer to being done what you look like. Starting to look more relieved. Taking pride in the task almost being completed. Soon freedom around the corner.

3. Stop at the moment the event is over, look at yourself on that timeline notice how relieved and happy you look. Spend some time enjoying looking at your happy self in your minds eye.

4. Then consider from this point  that you look back at that timeline before it, the time in the past that you had to do the work, notice that the emotions around wanting to procrastinate are gone now. In fact looking at the entire process now, there is only a sense of relief. A feeling how it is worth it to just getting things done, to be able to reap the benefits of it. Or even avoid the pain impulse. The pleasure of meeting a goal.

5. Then float into yourself the moment after you have completed the last task (associate.) Pay close attention to what you see, hear and feel at that moment time. Who are there? What is being said? How would you be feeling etc?

6. Open eyes.


For those NLP Master Practitioners may recognize elements from the NLP timeline technique for anxiety. Not that procrastination is the same as anxiety, but it is definitely about us not wanting to start a task because we are not looking forward to doing in the future. In that sense procrastination is also a construct of not looking forward to something in the future. Much like we get anxiety, because of something we fear in the future. All that procrastination is something we feel unresourcesful or incongruent about in the future. So the construct is largely the same, provided you can make the position of dissociation after the task is done powerful, to flatten the unresourcefulness. And then truly associate in a heightened emotion with the elation of being done with the tasks. That inherently allows for double boosters away from procrastination.



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