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Alan Zaia M.Ost

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A 5-point ritual Osteopaths can use to avoid Procrastination

If you want to decrease the amount of time it takes to really get your Osteopathy business where you want it, you must avoid procrastination as much as possible. 

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Osteopaths can avoid procrastination with this tried-and-tested ritual

Steven Pressfield wrote in his book The War Of Art: “Procrastination is the most common manifestation of resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalise.” Basically, we don’t say ‘I’ll never start organising my social media’ but instead we say ‘I’ll get started tomorrow’. 

This gives you an almost immediate sense of relief and in some ways even makes you feel productive. 

The problem is that tomorrow never comes. No matter how many times you tell yourself that you’ll be more motivated, less tired or that you’ll get up early, it just doesn’t happen. 

So, instead of parking the problem in the back of your mind like an unwanted Christmas gift at the back of your wardrobe, use these tips to avoid procrastination. 

As always, if you’re seeking any help or further free resources, please feel free to contact me[email protected]

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An Osteopaths Ritual To Avoid Procrastination

Before we get into this, you have to understand that this is my ritual. I’ve suggested it to other Osteopaths who have found it very successful, but they have put their own twist on it. 

It’s also key to know that creating a long-lasting habit means you have to do it every day for 30 days. Therefore, if you’re thinking of doing this, really give it your all for a whole month. It’s truly worth it. Promise. 

Morning coffee

This 20-minute ritual for me starts at 5:30am. Why? Because it fits in with how my brain works and for other reasons we will go through soon. 

Coffee is my trigger. Because I do this literally every day, it’s now become an association I have with work and getting my mind ready for the day. 

I also pair this with an ice cold water because… health. 

Handwritten to-do lists

Yes, I’m going to take about The Bullet Journal Method again because it’s an absolute game-changer. However, having a handwritten to-do list is, in my opinion a far superior option to using a note app on your phone. It’s tactile and helps remind me of the things I want to achieve on a day by day basis. 

I recommend writing down the 3 most important things to do that day. If you have things to do that cannot be done in a day, don’t write it. Use a new page to bullet point exactly what you need to do to achieve that larger task. Something like social media cannot be conquered in 24 hours. Struggling with a plan? Contact me and I can help you get the ball rolling. 

Find space

Personally, stillness motivates me to work. Everyday I make a point of getting up early and walking to the beach – cup of instant sugarless black coffee in hand.

Parents? I get it. It’s hard to find space in a family home. A good pair of noise-cancelling headphone is the best thing you can gift yourself. Looking for a pair? I highly recommend these headphones. Not sure home is the right place to get work done? Why not stay another hour after work or go to the nearest coffee shop? I did this for 45-minutes after every Monday and Thursday shift and saw my productivity shoot through the roof! This method also allows you to keep work at work. Much nicer. 

Create Positive Resistance

You can use resistance to your advantage. Use website and app blockers to stop you from endless scrolling through pointless social media feeds. Now don’t get me wrong this doesn’t always work. Personally, I’ve found that it has about a 60% success rate and that’s saved me hours of wasted time! 

If you find yourself spending hours reading rubbish on Facebook, jump in the deep end and just delete the damn thing. Yes you’ll reinstall it but it takes effort AKA positive resistance. 

Isolate

Admittedly, this one is a bit strange considering the amount of isolating we’ve been through. However, this is arguably my most important tip and is essential to my ritual. Remember before about coffee, space, stillness? I do all of that alone. Whether you’re like me and wake up at 5am to watch the sunrise or you stay a little longer after work. Do it. Whatever it takes and whenever you can. Find a gap in your calendar and fill it with this 20-minute ritual.

Summary

  • Morning coffee

    Choose your trigger and associate it with deep focus and work.

  • Handwritten to-do lists

    Use the bullet journal method to write down the 3 most important things to do in your day.

  • Find Space

    No matter where it is. Discover your solace where you can get to work.

  • Create positive resistance

    Use website and app blockers to suppress temptation and gift yourself hours of time.

  • Isolate

    5am. 45-minutes after work. Local coffee shop. Anywhere. Any time. Alone.

Osteohustle was created to provide Osteopaths the tools they need to learn how to be great marketers. We want to show the Osteopathic community that marketing can be easy, ethical, and effective.

Osteopathy is in desperate need of a shakeup, and that starts with you. I’m here to empower you to take control of your brand, clinic, and marketing. We need to come together as Osteopaths and communicate how incredible Osteopathy can be.

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About Alan Zaia M.Ost

Osteopath, ethical Osteopathy business advice, motivation, self driven all delivered with a British accent. From creating the perfect patient experience and creative clinic marketing to patient-generating websites, Google Ads and stunning social media, you’ll find me here, at the beach or on a call making Osteopaths create their perfect work:life balance. Keep up if you can! 

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