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How I learned to manage procrastinating and overcame my anxiety

You need to learn to keep your head down and finish the things you started, or you will never make it in life.

These words replayed themselves in my head every day.

Let me give you some context into who I am and how I got to this point, being lamented by my former manager.

My name is Chris. I am 28 years old, living in Boston.

I have been struggling with anxiety and stress for nearly all of my adult life

I had a decent upbringing. My parents were both teachers, and education was at the forefront of my family’s thinking.

I went to a good school and continued to a great college. 

I seemed to have a bright future ahead – that’s what everyone used to tell me.

And for the most part, it looked like I would achieve this.

I studied business management and always dreamed of running my own company someday.

I managed to land a great internship straight out of college. It didn’t pay that well, but the experience I garnered would be life-changing.

After a successful period, I was approached for a more senior position.

But the added responsibility brought with it some unwelcome factors.

I started to panic that I wasn’t good enough or intelligent enough for this position.

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What if people in the office thought the same?

Would they look over at me working and think, what is he doing?

It started to play on my mind every day. I struggled to carry out my basic tasks over the fear of making mistakes.

I began to dread going to work – every day felt like a chore

Then, the pandemic took control. 

Offices were closed, and working from home became the new norm.

But I started to procrastinate in my familiar surroundings, and it took my mind off the fears of not being qualified for this job.

I would roll out of bed after my 9 am start time somedays and watch TV when I should be working.

I used ‘technical issues’ as excuses for why I didn’t attend meetings.

My overall performance had deteriorated, and I started falling behind on all of my tasks.

I would find new ways every day to get out of things or do anything besides my job.

It did not go unnoticed.

One morning, as I was working in bed, still not even dressed – I got a message from my manager.

“Can we talk?”

After a long chat, he told me that I had not lived up to his expectations and that colleagues had mentioned my faltering performance – I was crushed.

It felt like I only had myself to blame…

I spent all day doing anything but working undertaking– the most mundane tasks at home when I should have been working like everyone else.

I was too scared to mention anything to my parents. They would be so disappointed in me.

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All of my career goals and aspirations had seemingly gone out the window – all because of my anxiety.

I became more and more stressed as the days went by and anxious about my future.

I needed to do something and get my life back to where I should be

Stop ruining opportunities for myself by procrastinating and sulking around the house.

I decided to do what my generation does best and Googled ways to help.

There were many blogs, reviews, and ideas online for reducing anxiety and stress, and it was hard to know which were good and which we bad.

But one that seemed to crop up consistently with positive affirmations was an app called Sensa.

It called itself ‘your calm mind assistant.’ 

I liked that.

Trusting the reviews of fellow strugglers on the internet, I took a punt and took a short quiz about my anxiety and stress.

The quiz only took a couple of minutes – and after checking the summary, I decided to give it a try.

I was surprised by how affordable it was, given the going rate for one-on-one therapy costs here in America.

The interface was simple to use, and I got to grips with it pretty quickly.

The 84-day plan gave me daily advice and guidance that was personalized for me.

That is where a lot of these self-help apps fall down – they’re too generic, but Sensa is different.

I would receive daily reading materials, followed by a short but engaging task. 

As simple as it sounds, it helped me stick with the app. Every day, I would know to look at the material and complete the task.

Could this help me stay on track with work and stop my endless procrastination?

Building habits is something that Sensa is trying to help me achieve, as this is half of the job.

There is also a great activities section on the app, which categorizes my daily planning. 

There are four groups for this; Healthy, Mindfulness, Relaxation, and Physical – but you can create your own if need be.

You can make them recur to a schedule that suits you. Again, this is great for building up healthy habits and routines.

There is a fantastic quick relief option if things ever get too much for me – this gives me the chance to take a set of different exercises to reduce anxiety levels quickly.

I found myself relying on them a couple of times, and they do work.

Since I have been using Sensa, I have more control over my choices and anxiety.

I even managed to get back into the working environment by landing a more junior position – it still felt like a huge success to me.

I take comfort in knowing that I will always have Sensa in my pocket to keep me on track.

The habits and routines I have formed have allowed me to become a better person

Gone are the days of doing anything but work, putting off important tasks, or missing meetings – I feel like a new person.

My anxious tendencies have diminished, and I no longer feel like I’m not good enough for my job.

I trust myself to make the right decisions and have a genuine belief in my abilities.

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And it’s all thanks to Sensa.

I trust what they ask me to do, as the app is backed by science and a catalog of research. In addition, it was built with the help of professional psychotherapists.

Building healthy habits and reducing my anxiety has all but ended my procrastination – I’m better than that.

So if you or someone you know struggled as I did – point them in the right direction and tell them about Sensa.

Take the free quiz and answer some questions about your anxiety and stress levels to see how they help you.

It only takes a minute or so, and the information you’ll get from the quiz alone is invaluable.

I hope that reading this serves as a springboard for you to become a better version of yourself.

Always consult a professional for medical advice.

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3 Comments

  1. Onwards and upwards from here, sir! Wishing you all the best. I enjoyed reading about your experience with Sensa. It sounds like something I could do with – I will certainly check it out.

  2. Refreshing and honest approach to anxiety. Procrastination is often overlooked as something not serious when it is. Sensa helped me through a rough patch of it!

  3. Thanks for the open and honest read. Been struggling with constant procrastination myself, and it is no joke. I needed some direction and guidance – Sensa saved me!

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