Procrastination is a thief of time and absolutely every single one of us has procrastinated in one situation or another. If you are anything like I was, you might discover that time and time again, you’re putting off doing something which you consider as unimportant at the time, only to be confronted by your lack of effort afterwards. Thankfully you could get rid of procrastination from your life permanently! By following simple and very effective strategies you can improve your efforts now to get so much accomplished efficiently and effectively.
Use the strategies below to help you banish procrastination for good:
1. Acknowledge that you look for diversions.
Almost all those that procrastinate do so by finding another thing to concentrate on, instead of being attentive to the task at hand.
- For example, your lawn needs mowing; however, you noticed your neighbour and so decided to go chat with him instead. You then sort out the time you’re going to mow your lawn in your head….. But that moment never materialised!
- If you can accept that you deliberately look for distractions avoiding what needs to be done, you will be on your journey to stopping your procrastination. Most often you don’t consciously look out for distractions but because you’ve done so many times, your brain just automatically switches to the norm and then distraction creeps in. Admitting to yourself that you look for diversion will help you in standing your ground doing what needs doing regardless of what is going on around you.
2. Consider how you will feel after completing the task.
Ask yourself what will change when you have accomplished the thing you’ve been avoiding? If nothing else, won’t you really feel relieved once the task is finally done? These thought process can motivate you to take action.
3. Think about how you will feel if the job isn’t completed.
Should you continue to procrastinate, how would you feel about it? Use those negative feelings as motivation to complete the task now.
4. Stop making excuses.
Perhaps you feel you are going to do a poor job or maybe you convince yourself you’ll certainly do a better job when you’re right down to the wire. You could even tell yourself, “I’d really like to get that done, but I’m in a time crunch now.”
- Know that these are empty excuses that simply contribute to your procrastination.
5. Just do it.
Nike made the phrase “Just do it!” famous and it also can be applied right here. Rather than spend time keeping away from a task or wishing it was already done, just start it now.
6. Set goals and make a list of what needs to be done.
Write down a list of things you’ve been procrastinating about. Then, next to each task, write down your completion date.
- Use your calendar to ensure you have enough time. Divide larger tasks into a series of smaller tasks and list each of those tasks on your calendar too. That will make it easier to see at a glance which tasks you intend to do each day so that you don’t overwhelm yourself and can schedule a reasonable time in which to complete each task.
7. Celebrate your successes.
When you complete a task you’ve been putting off, reward yourself. It might be a dinner out with a friend, a trip to see that new museum, or a relaxing pedicure. Be proud of yourself for stopping the cycle of procrastination.
Procrastination is the bane of existence for many of us. But you have the power to change from procrastination to action. Make a list of the things that need to be done and complete those tasks immediately. You’ll feel less weighed-down by your life if you learn to get things done in a timely fashion.
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