Five Ways To Beat Procrastination
You are wasting your valuable time through procrastination. Feel guilty? It happens to the best of us. It's not necessarily bad either. Procrastination can be great for you. Some people would never have a clean house unless they had a report due. Others delay about buying something and don't make a decision which saves them money (but they possibly never really get what they want - something I've talked about here).
Now I'm going to keep this short. This text is small, and you've probably got 100 other things to do. Even right now you're probably thinking I'll bookmark this to read it later. Well, I'm here to tell you about taking action, and you're here reading so you might as well keep going
Five ways to beat procrastination :
1. The Reward
If I just can't get going, it's time to change tack. Unhook the internet and plug it back in once you've achieved something. Buy a block of chocolate and enjoy some once you've done the hard yards. Ring up a friend to meet for a coffee in two hours and go like stink until then. Do these things as a reward for yourself, after you have completed a task.
Half the time the hardest thing to do is to start. Once you've put pen to paper and pushed off the start line, you'll feel the shackles fall off. Plus, chances are good after you've been rewarded, you'll be keen to come back and keep going.
2. The Power of 10 Minutes
If I can't seem to start, I sit and jot down a list of a few tasks that can be worked on in 10 minutes. I'll then work on one of these tasks with full concentration and focus. It doesn't have to get done, it just has to move forward within that 10 minutes. After that 10 minutes, I'll stop and evaluate where I am. I'll take a quick refresher and then go to the next task, or do another 10 minute stint moving that task forwards.
It's all a trick. I'm just trying to get started and involve myself so that I forget the break after 10 minutes, and end up doing half an hour or more without thinking about anything else. This quickly breaks any resistance to the work, even if it's not much fun. If I do this, suddenly I've got my day underway and my workload feels smaller. Forget multi-tasking. It's just multi-distracting and untasking yourself. Do 10 minutes deeply focused in a burst or two, and without realizing, you'll be underway.
3. Be honest about why you aren't doing 'it'
If you're avoiding 'it', whatever it may be, you might need to look at why. It can be anything, an assignment, a job at work, or writing an article on your website. When I'm consciously or unconsciously avoiding something, it' often because I'm dealing with fear, and usually fear of failure. Conquering this isn't easy, but - feel the fear and do it anyway!
Chances are if I'm avoiding it, it's because I'm not really sure what I'm doing - so I'll ask myself - what's the worst thing that can happen? It's never as bad as I'm making it out to be. Beat the fear, beat the procrastination, and create opportunities for yourself by getting it done.
4. The Use of Music
This won't work for everyone, but music can be a useful tool. You can use it in a few different ways. Sometimes I'll try and pump up and get inspired by listening to some tracks that make me jump (I like Creedence Clearwater Revivial - Fotunate Son ) and get me going. Or, on the flip side, try removing distractions by playing a nice bit of instrumental only or soft vocal music. I often stick on a CD of Massive Attack to quietly drown out the world and help me dial in.
5. Give yourself guaranteed time for fun
Guaranteeing yourself fun is a great way to make you do something. I'm often guilty of spending hours on a task getting nothing done because I know I have plenty of time. Somewhat ironically, If I restrict myself to a certain time limit, I get more work done, work better, and enjoy my free time. Realistically, a deadline is often the only reason people start things anyway. Instead of working towards a deadline, work towards a " liveline " where once you have done it, you're free to do whatever and live.
Thanks for making it this far. Take a break - you deserve it!
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Posted in Personal Development Post Date 10/02/2015