This is something a lot of people struggle with, including me. I’m not saying I stopped procrastinating but I want to share some things that help me. I’m someone who likes to be productive and ahead of things but being procrastinating is just so easy. So let’s do this together, here are a few ways you can stop procrastinating!
WRITE IT DOWN
What ever you want to do, plan it. And when I say plan it, I mean you actually should plan it. You should write it down. This is something I’ve experienced. If you write down what you want to do, you’re more likely to do it. If you don’t write it down, you might either forget it or just tell yourself that you’ll “do it later” and we know that “later” means never.
Make a smart to-do list by including only the items that you’re avoiding, not the ones you know you’ll do anyway. Then set deadlines. This compliments the point above about writing your plans down.
PUT YOUR MIND TO IT
Take a minute or even just a few seconds and close your eyes, tell yourself that you’re actually going to do it. This sounds silly, but it’s worth a try, isn’t it?
As I’ve once said before, I really like this sentence: “You are getting distracted because you are allowing yourself to get distracted.” A lot of us often procrastinate when it comes to studying. (If you want tips on studying, check this post out.) If you want to do something, turn everything that could distract you off.
Break the task down to lessen the sense of being overwhelmed. Once you start to enjoy a small accomplishment or two, you’re more likely to finish. Do it step by step. It will be easier.
Make your intentions public. This will add pressure, but for some of us, avoiding embarrassment is the mightiest motivator. When I’m really struggling to do something, I tell my friends about how I’m going to do it the next day or week and this pressure actually helps. But you shouldn’t stress yourself. Do this when it’s something small you’re avoiding but something you have to do.
Finishing the largest item on your list of things to do will make you feel extra productive and give you the boost to do other things you’ve been pushing to the side. So begin with the largest one.
Don’t be a perfectionist. If you’re waiting for the perfect time, the perfect supplies, you’ll never do it. Avoid this “perfect” thinking by considering quantity over quality.
It’s easy to see only the giant list of things to do, rather than the anxiety-free feeling of accomplishment at having finished them. As you work, focus on all the free time, relaxation, money, whatever it may be that you get when you finish. This will help you to stay on task and work towards your goal.
ONE AT A TIME
Do one task at a time. Although it seems like multitasking is doing more work in a small amount of time, multi-taskers are often inefficient and do much less work. So focus on one thing at a time and once you’ve finished, do the next thing.
Change your environment. Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the case, you should look into changing your workspace.
Give yourself a break. If you can’t seem to focus and are working half-heartedly at your tasks, give yourself a brief break. Set a timer for five to ten minutes, and take a nap or read a book. Do whatever it is you’ve been daydreaming about so that the temptation is removed once you get back to work. Just be sure to follow through with your deadline rather than ignoring it when your alarm finally goes off.
And finally.. JUST DO IT.
I hope you enjoyed it and it helps you. Have a good rest of the week xx