“I’ll do the laundry,” I’ll respond to the mails,” “I’ll schedule an appointment,” and so on, but you later find yourself doing absolutely nothing. This probably sounds familiar. Everyone procrastinates at one thing or the other.
Being quite aware that I’m not the only one suffering the distress, I tried a couple of tips and some worked out pretty well. Hence, I’ve made an effective list of the tips that worked.
Below are tips that helped me win my battle against procrastination. If you habitually exercise the tips below, I’m pretty sure it’ll also do the trick for you and help you to get more work done.
1. Motivation does wonder
Most of the times I was able to erase a task from my to-do list, it was simply because I discovered what motivates me and capitalized on it; I discovered things that get me all fired up, even when I’m being a couch potato.
Though the things that motivate us varies by persons, everyone certainly has something that keeps them going and I’m pretty sure you do too.
Hence, even when tasks appear massive and you seem to have run out of energy, ponder over the reasons you started the first place and reasons why you really need to get the task off of the to-do list.
Consider these options:
- Figure out the benefits you’d derive from accomplishing such tasks.
- Note down the bad implications of leaving such tasks on the to-do list.
- Figure out what motivates you the most and capitalize on it; it could be listening to inspirational podcasts, reading motivational contents, reviewing your goals and objectives, or anything at all that makes you want to work harder, embrace it.
- Talk to a close friend/family who has the same goals as you.
- Consider the fact that the task will never accomplish itself.
- Always bear in mind that new tasks will keep adding to the already existing lots.
- Train yourself to strictly abide by saying “NOW,” instead of “LATER.”
- Abide by the first bullet tip: Review the benefits and pleasures you’d derive from accomplishing such tasks constantly. Keep them in mind. Write them down if you need to. And, force your body to agree in-line with your mind that accomplishing such tasks is the only way you can enjoy those benefits.
2. Unrealistic goals are basically unachievable
If you ever try to clear all your tasks at once, you’d want to multitask, jump from task to task and use up a lot of energy.
This is just a means unnecessary stress to yourself because you’ll pretty much not get any significant work done. Thus, this leads to even more procrastination.
Split your large tasks to “bite-sized chunks,” as successful entrepreneur, Neil Patel, called it. This will lessen the stress and help you to get more work done without knowing it.
Don’t aspire to clear the large tasks instantly, you can’t do it anyway. This is a major reason why you procrastinate — you spend hours crafting a means to take the big first step. As a result, you end up taking no step at all.
Take a tiny first step. Maintain the pace and remain consistent. This will prevent such tasks from overwhelming you and, in turn, it’ll skyrocket your productivity.
Key takeaway points:
- Split your large tasks to tiny tasks and achieve them gradually with a consistent pace.
- Start with the smaller tasks and remain steady and consistent.
- Avoid the urge to multitask: one step at a time aids productivity.
- Differentiate the urgent tasks from the important tasks and get it over with the important tasks first.
3. Practice Goldilocks strategy
Perhaps, you’ve realized that most times you procrastinate either because a task is too hard or too easy.
When you’re faced with a difficult task, you’ll be too overwhelmed to take the first step. When you have an easy task, however, you’ll regard it as a piece of cake and therefore, you’ll disregard the task until it piles up and takes the form of the hard task.
Goldilocks strategy is simply about maintaining a balance, not only with work but with anything at all. It’s all about picking tasks that are just right for you, in other words, tasks that fit your convenience. It’s all about keeping it on the average.
- Pick tasks that are neither too difficult nor a total walk over. If on the other end, however, it’s not up to you to pick the task, split hard tasks into convenient pieces. And, add up the easy tasks to make them not too easy but just right.
- If you have your way, delegate or seek for help whenever tasks exceed your ability.
If you consistently follow the three tips above, it’s undoubted that your procrastination rate will lessen and you’ll get more work done.
On the note, below are few other tips that will help you in your battle against procrastination:
- Work with deadlines.
- Speed is important; keep track of time and make it a game to always beat your last time record.
- Start every task and see to it to the end.
- Bear in mind that starting a task is often the hard part; every task gets easier with time.
- Avoid distractions; work in environments that guarantee your utmost convenience.
To round things up
Procrastination can cost you a lot of work time and make you to only make plans with no actions.
However, if you heed to the above tips, your procrastination will surely be pushed to the edge, and with time, if exercised consistently, the tips can make you totally procrastination-free.
You only need to stick with the tips for a while, until you make it a habit of deciding on things and getting them done.
Have you struggled with or are you struggling with procrastination? What are the best tips you found helpful?
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