When we are planning to do tasks, it is very common to have unhelpful thoughts that makes us feel discouraged and more stressed:
These thoughts make it difficult for us to get started on tasks. We need to change these thoughts to those that help us stay focused and positive about the task:
Example of unhelpful thought: I’ll do it later, I won’t be able to manage, I’ll fail, I can’t be bothered, I’ll never get it done, I’ll make a mess of it, I’ll be judged, it will be really bad, I don’t know where to start, I’ll get wound up.
Example of helpful thought: I have done this kind of thing before, and it’s always been okay. I know I can do it, I wouldn’t be here if I couldn’t.
We can do so by noticing these negative thoughts and say “STOP!” and think of some positive thoughts to see a situation, and even planning ahead some positive thoughts that you can bring to mind should they happen in the middle of something e.g. an interview or exam.