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Can you stop procrastinating?

Procrastination: the official definition is “to put off habitually the doing of something that should be done”. In the world of Feng Shui the definition would simply be “stagnant energy”. Anytime you deliberately put something you need to do off until tomorrow you are both creating and holding onto negative energy. In many cases “tomorrow” never comes. Therefore you are stuck with the negative energy of procrastination compounding its negative impact on your life and it will make you feel like you will never be able to accomplish anything or make any good decision.

Procrastination creates energy of indecision and the sensation of an inability to move forward. This is an awful place to be stuck, especially if you have many things to do and accomplish. By not moving forward with the one thing you are procrastinating, none of the other things in your life move forward either. The bigger the thing is you are procrastinating doing the more negative and indecisive energy you are surrounding yourself with.

Stagnant energy is very uncomfortable and to be avoided at all cost. Doing something, even if it isn’t exactly the right thing is better than doing nothing. Setting stationary in the middle of nowhere is very energy depleting. The thing that will help you the most is to simply put one foot in front of the other and get going. Nothing moves stagnant energy and ends procrastination as fast as taking action. Literally taking the first step forward is what it takes. There is a basic Feng Shui principle you can put to use to help end procrastination regardless of the cause.

Begin in your bedroom. In the northwest corner of your bedroom create a small motivation visual that will serve as a reminder that “today you will take that first step to do whatever it is that you are constantly dreading to do therefore procrastinating”. This reminder can be as simple as a black and white picture (or a mini sculpture) of a person stepping up onto a curb or someone climbing stairs. It could even be symbolic of the thing you are procrastinating although something that specific limits you to that exact issue. A more generic reminder would provide you better energy. Being consciously aware that you are procrastinating and then doing something about it to change the energy through a simple motivational reminder will make a real difference in the way you approach the thing(s) you procrastinate doing.

The second thing you can do to help shift stagnant procrastination energy to action energy is to place a second similar reminder in the northwest corner of the room you spend the most amount of time in during the day. That could be a family room, kitchen, office or even the garage. You could choose something larger for this area like a picture of a person climbing a mountain if you are the rugged outdoors type or, if you’re the indoors type, a picture of a beautiful hand stitched quilt that reminds you of all of the things you have successfully stitched or put together throughout your lifetime. Successes breeds success or in this case, as you energize taking positive action, you remove the negative energy of procrastination.

Living life to the fullest means you have to remove some of those pesky things you procrastinate. Indecision and procrastination go hand in hand. You get rid of one and you will get rid of the other at the same time. Life will take on a whole new meaning as you will see opportunities stretch out in front of you that you didn’t dream were possible.

Feng Shui is all about energy; using positive energy to bring about desired results. In this case you are using the positive energy of taking action to replace procrastination. You will energize yourself and your surroundings as soon as you take the first step to action. It will feel like you’ve lifted a huge weight off of your shoulders or have removed the “slow down, caution sign” that has been hanging around your neck.

All you need to remember is to put one foot in front of the other. Take that first step and you will reap the rewards of much new positive energy in your world. Creating motivational reminders in your home and office that encourage action will further shift you toward surrounding yourself with positive energy to face tomorrow’s challenges.


© Pat Heydlauff, All Rights Reserved

Pat Heydlauff, president of Energy Design, uses Feng Shui design principles to eliminate chaos and stress at home and within oneself. More than a Feng Shui expert, Pat is a consultant and speaker who helps remove clutter and negativity while encouraging personal growth, improved relationships and prosperity. Her new book, “Feng Shui: So Easy a Child Can Do It,” shows how to achieve a better tomorrow. For information on her consulting, speaking and artwork,  call: 561-408-2708.

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