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Are you a Perpetual Planner or Last Minute Rusher?

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As we navigate the ebbs and flows of our daily lives, our relationship with time becomes a defining factor in our achievements and challenges. Each of us has a unique approach to time, often crystallizing into distinct patterns that dictate our actions and decisions. These patterns, born out of experiences, beliefs, and habits, carve out four prominent categories that many of us might find ourselves aligning with. As you journey through these descriptions, ponder this: Which category resonates most with you?

In today’s fast-paced world, the struggle with time is a common narrative. At Bohangar City Practice, we’ve witnessed firsthand the impact of time mismanagement, leading to a cascade of stress, missed opportunities, and unmet goals. Here, we present a series of case studies that encapsulate the diverse ways individuals grapple with the ticking clock.

The Perpetual Planner

Alex is a visionary, known for his meticulous attention to detail and unparalleled ability to forecast potential challenges and outcomes. His desk is often covered with numerous detailed blueprints, flowcharts, and project outlines. Every potential risk is assessed, every opportunity explored, and every contingency planned for. Alex’s passion lies in crafting these comprehensive plans, envisioning every step of a project even before it commences.

perpetual planner numerous detailed blueprints and plans with a clear path ahead
perpetual planner numerous detailed blueprints and plans with a clear path ahead

The Challenge: Despite his prowess in planning, Alex struggles with transitioning from this phase to the actual implementation of his ideas. This bottleneck is not due to a lack of knowledge or capability, but rather an overemphasis on perfection in the planning stage. He often waits for the ‘perfect moment’ or the ‘final piece of information’ to start, leading to projects that remain eternally in the blueprint phase. This constant cycle of planning, without subsequent action, not only results in missed opportunities but also leads to a growing sense of frustration and unrealized aspirations.

Possible Problem: The crux of the issue is over-planning without taking the subsequent steps to action. Alex’s desire for perfection and fear of unforeseen challenges hold him back from bringing his visions to life.

Options for Therapy: Key therapeutic interventions would involve helping Alex understand the value of execution and the reality that no plan, no matter how detailed, can account for every possible variable. Therapy would focus on building his confidence to move forward, emphasizing the importance of learning from real-world experiences and iterations. Techniques might include setting actionable goals, understanding the concept of ‘Minimum Viable Product’ in project execution, and building resilience to cope with unforeseen challenges.

The Last-Minute Rusher

Bianca is a talented professional with a wealth of potential. At a glance, her commitment to her work is evident, often burning the midnight oil to ensure tasks are completed. However, a closer look reveals a pattern: she frequently delays the start of her tasks, opting to dive into them only when deadlines loom large. This habitual delay is not a reflection of her capability but rather an ingrained behaviour pattern she’s come to accept over the years.

two contrasting scenes_ On the left, Bianca relaxed and leisurely sipping coffee with plenty of tasks on her desk to do in a rush
two contrasting scenes_ On the left, Bianca relaxed and leisurely sipping coffee with plenty of tasks on her desk to do in a rush

The Challenge: Despite often having ample time at her disposal, Bianca’s tendency to postpone tasks until the eleventh hour has become her modus operandi. This approach invariably results in a frantic rush to meet deadlines. While she often manages to get the job done, the quality of her work sometimes suffers. Moreover, this constant race against time elevates her stress levels, impacting her overall well-being and causing undue strain.

Root Issue: At the core, the issue seems to be procrastination, but it’s more than just a simple delay in action. It’s entwined with a mix of fear of imperfection, the thrill of adrenaline from last-minute rushes, and possibly an underlying belief that she operates best under pressure. However, the recurring high stress and compromised work quality indicate otherwise.

Therapeutic Intervention: Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy (CBH) can offer Bianca tools to address and overcome this challenge. Through therapy, she can explore the underlying beliefs and triggers that lead to her procrastination. By understanding the reasons for her delay, Bianca can develop effective time management skills, learn strategies to distribute her workload efficiently and implement techniques to start tasks promptly. Over time, with consistent effort and the support of therapy, Bianca has the potential to transform her working style, achieving a balance that promotes both high-quality work and personal well-being.

The Distracted Worker

Jeff is a modern-day professional, well-versed with the digital age’s demands and advantages. His workspace is equipped with the latest gadgets and software, ensuring he’s always connected. At first glance, Jeff appears to be actively engaged with his tasks, fingers swiftly moving across the keyboard and multiple tabs open on his screen. However, a deeper observation reveals that not all these tabs pertain to work.

distracted worker-Jeffs desktop showing a cluttered digital environment_ numerous browser tabs
distracted worker-Jeffs desktop, showing a cluttered digital environment with numerous browser tabs

The Challenge: Throughout his workday, Jeff finds himself irresistibly drawn to the lure of notifications. A ping from a social media update, a buzz from a new message, or the temptation of a recommended video—each distraction pulls him away from his core tasks. These frequent and seemingly brief interruptions compound over time, fragmenting his workday and diluting his focus. As a result, tasks that should take an hour often stretch into several, causing delays and a decline in the quality of his output.

Root Issue: While digital distractions are a challenge for many in today’s hyper-connected world, for Jeff, it goes beyond just occasional diversions. It’s possible that these constant checks act as a coping mechanism for underlying anxiety or a need for constant stimulation. The instant gratification from checking a message or viewing a like on social media offers a temporary dopamine rush, but in the long run, it hinders his productivity.

Therapeutic Intervention: Through Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy (CBH), Jeff can begin to uncover the deeper reasons behind his constant need for digital interaction. By recognizing and addressing these triggers, he can learn techniques to manage and minimize distractions. Practical strategies, such as designated tech-free times, the use of productivity apps, or scheduled breaks for digital interaction, can be introduced. With consistent application and the support of CBH, Jeff can cultivate a more focused work environment, ensuring he harnesses the advantages of digital connectivity without letting it dominate his workday.

The Over-Committer

Dana is an enthusiastic and passionate individual, always ready to take on challenges and lend a helping hand. Her colleagues and friends admire her for her “can-do” attitude. However, this desire to be involved in everything and to be seen as reliable means she frequently finds herself juggling more tasks and commitments than she can realistically handle.

over committing - A visual representation of Dana's calendar packed with overlapping appointments reminders and to-dos
over-committing – A visual representation of Dana’s calendar packed with overlapping appointment reminders and to-dos

The Challenge: Dana’s calendar is perpetually packed. From work projects to social commitments, she’s always on the move, trying to fulfil every obligation. This constant state of busyness, while seemingly productive, often leads to unmet deadlines, forgotten commitments, and a growing feeling of being overwhelmed. What’s more, the quality of her work and personal relationships can suffer, as she’s unable to give her best to any one task or interaction.

Root Issue: Dana’s challenge stems from a deep-seated need to please and be validated by others. Her difficulty in saying “no” is less about time management and more about fear of disappointment or potential judgment. This leads to a pattern where she over-promises and, inevitably, under-delivers.

Therapeutic Intervention: Through Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy (CBH), Dana can delve into the underlying motivations for her over-commitment tendencies. By understanding her need for external validation, she can work on building her self-worth and confidence. CBH will equip her with tools to practice assertiveness, allowing her to set realistic boundaries without feeling guilty. Practical exercises, like prioritizing tasks and allocating time effectively, will also be introduced. With consistent effort and therapeutic guidance, Dana can transform her approach, ensuring she commits to tasks judiciously and maintains a healthy balance in her life.

Understanding the Underlying Causes of Time Management Personalities

After examining the various time management personalities, a natural question arises: Why do individuals adopt these specific behaviours and patterns? The answer, while multifaceted, often traces back to a combination of individual experiences, societal expectations, and, in some instances, inherent behavioural tendencies.

Behavioural Origins: Research in behavioural psychology suggests that our time management styles may have roots in our early life experiences and upbringing. For instance, individuals who grew up in environments where they were frequently praised for taking on multiple tasks or responsibilities might develop over-committing tendencies. On the other hand, those who faced criticism or fear of failure might resort to procrastination as a defence mechanism.

Societal Influences: In today’s fast-paced world, societal pressures and the advent of technology play significant roles in shaping our time management behaviours. The constant influx of information and the “always-on” culture can lead to distractions, while the societal emphasis on multitasking can push individuals towards overcommitting.

Is It Purely Behavioral? While behaviour plays a significant role in these patterns, it’s essential to recognize that our time management styles are not rigidly set in stone. They can be influenced by our current life situations, stressors, and personal goals. Moreover, genetics and brain chemistry can also play a part, especially when considering focus and attention spans.

The Role of Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy (CBH):

CBH stands as a beacon of hope for those seeking to understand and transform their time management personalities. By blending cognitive-behavioural techniques with the deep relaxation of hypnotherapy, CBH offers a dual approach:

  1. Cognitive Understanding: CBH helps individuals recognize and challenge the underlying beliefs and thought patterns that drive their time management behaviours.
  2. Behavioural Transformation: Through targeted strategies and exercises, individuals can develop new habits, replacing detrimental patterns with more productive ones.
  3. Hypnotherapy for Reinforcement: The hypnosis component of CBH reinforces positive behaviours, making them more instinctive and natural. It also offers a space for deep relaxation and introspection, allowing individuals to confront and address any deep-seated fears or beliefs.

Potential Outcomes of Therapy: Engaging in CBH can lead to a plethora of positive changes. Individuals often report:

  • Enhanced understanding of their behaviours.
  • Improved focus and productivity.
  • Better work-life balance.
  • Reduced stress and increased feelings of control.
  • A more proactive approach to tasks, with fewer tendencies to procrastinate or overcommit.

In essence, CBH provides the tools and guidance for individuals to reclaim control over their time, leading to a more balanced, productive, and fulfilling life.

Join the conversation and share your experiences in the comments section below. Let us build a community where we support each other in our journey towards better time management.

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Remember, it is never too late to start. The time to take control of your life is now. Let Bohangar City Practice be your guide on this journey to reclaiming your time and achieving your dreams.

Disclaimer, Please Read: The information provided in this article is for illustrative and informational purposes only. It does not establish a therapist-patient relationship. For medical issues or emergencies, always consult with a licensed medical professional. For non-clinical challenges related to stress, anxiety, and other emotional or behavioural concerns, considering a consultation with a therapist may be beneficial. Bohangar City Practice is a registered Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy practice, specialising in combining cognitive behavioural techniques with hypnosis to address various challenges and promote well-being. Any questions, please do reach out

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