Are you ready to stop procrastinating?
When it comes to getting things done, we are often our own worst enemies. Procrastination is one of those habits that most people have to some degree, and for those who have the most serious cases of procrastination, it can dramatically impact how much they accomplish each day.As a work-at-home mom with two toddlers, I don’t often have time to procrastinate but when I do, it’s often tempting!
7 Ways to (Finally!) Defeat Your Procrastination Tendencies
After all, when you procrastinate, you’re immediately rewarded with something you want (TV time, a bubble bath, chocolate…) rather than having to do something. Being productive can be HARD, right?
But if you want to live a joyful life, you have to put in the work and reach for your dreams. You’ve got to ACT NOW and find the REWARD LATER!
So I’m here to say that no matter how bad your procrastination is, there are some simple ways that you can defeat it once and for all.
Acknowledge Your Habit to Procrastinate
Keep Your Goals in Mind
The reason we procrastinate is easy enough to understand. We have all kinds of entertainment options CONSTANTLY at our fingertips and that can make work seem dull in comparison. So, we go with the fun option and put off the work until later. Unfortunately, every time you do this, it gets easier to do it again. You get into the habit of trading your future goals for immediate gratification.
Whatever your goals are, focus on them when you’re thinking of putting off an important task. Write them down so you can look at them when you’re not feeling motivated or go one step further and create a vision board! However you present them to yourself, keep them at the forefront of your mind as you push towards living a more productive life.
Do One Thing at a Time
If you often find yourself shutting down because you have too much to do, please know you’re not alone! It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and decide to do nothing instead. Or to choose the “easy” things off your to-do list and never actually get the “hard” things done.
Whether you’re facing one challenging task or many small tasks, the solution is the same – pick one thing to do and focus on that first. If it’s a large, challenging task, break it down into smaller sections that you can focus on individually. If you have many small tasks, figure out which one is your highest priority and hone in on that. Focusing on one job at a time helps you get much more accomplished.
Make Sure You Have Deadlines…and Re-Consider Those To-Do Lists
So get it all on the calendar. Seriously, EVERY little thing you need to do, put it on there.
Exact plans for each work hour, when calls will be made, grocery shopping, affirmations – EVERYTHING! I even have “water check” on my daily calendar to help me remember to check my water intake each day. If you want “more” time in your 24 hours, you have to develop better habits and stronger routines.
Manage Time Better
If you procrastinate, then you likely have a problem with time management. The most successful and productive people in the world always have a schedule for their days. They don’t just wake up and wing it.
The best thing to do is write down what you need to accomplish either the night before or the morning of each day. Once you have your goals for the day, you can schedule your activities for specific times. It’s crucial that you set times for when you’re going to do each specific item, as this helps you stay on schedule. When you set a certain time to get something done, you know that if you don’t do it, you’ll fall behind. If you don’t schedule your activities, it’s too easy to tell yourself that you have plenty of time to watch cat videos on YouTube.
Aim for Completion Instead of Perfection
It’s great if you always want to give your best effort, but one thing to avoid is being so much of a perfectionist that you don’t get anything done. People procrastinate all the time by trying to tinker with things until they’re perfect instead of considering them done and moving forward.
You see this all the time with entrepreneurs and creative people. There are the entrepreneurs who work on a business idea for a little while and then never follow through. And there are the writers who spend far more time considering what is wrong with what they’ve just written than writing more. If you’re a perfectionist, it’s important to realize that even though you may never be fully satisfied with your work, you can’t let that derail you.