Do These Things And End Your Procrastination
Procrastination is defined as the action of delaying or postponing something. Anyone who says they have never done such a thing is not being honest. At one time or another, we have all put off something important that might have benefited greater from immediate attention.
When procrastination is one of the things you are best at, it’s hard to get away from it. Here are a couple of tips to help you break the cycle of procrastination:
1. Get Organized
What person can work in a whirlwind of messy papers and folders that have no names? Before you beat yourself up for procrastinating, take a breather and slowly plan how you will organize your home, workspace, and daily routine.
The next time you are at a book store, pick up a monthly planner or take a page from the busiest of us and use your phone’s calendar app. With a way to keep tabs on what needs doing, you can ensure that deadlines and due dates are met.
2. Set Realistic Simple Goals
If you have a large project that needs your expertise, do not overwork yourself and try to complete large amounts of it in a shorter time. Relax and give yourself a series of small goals to achieve.
Focusing on the smaller details will ensure the larger project is properly done.
Are you building a car from the ground up? First, get the rust off your frame, and the sweep the work area around your frame. Little by little, you will reach the finish line.
3. Create a timeline/schedule
Don’t just have a single deadline for your work because you are just making it easier to procrastinate. We give ourselves the impression that there is plenty of time, we push everything back, and then it ends up being too late.
After you’ve set tasks to complete as suggested above, give each of those tasks a specific deadline and time for each to be completed in. Using your new schedule, break your goals down into monthly, weekly, and daily goals.
4. Set a Deadline
If you have ever said things like “I’ll get to it in a few hours” or “I’ll organize that dresser eventually,” you are more than likely a procrastinator. And you know how dangerous it can be to keep putting off a project as the deadline for it draws near.
Does a project have an upcoming due date? Give yourself specific dates to complete goals, so that your own deadlines are met well before the project’s deadline is passed.
Push yourself to complete things ahead of schedule, perhaps two days in advance, giving you a time buffer in case something else delays your work.
5. Rid Yourself of Distractions
It is easy to procrastinate when there are a multitude of distractions drawing your attention away from the work that needs doing.
Before you even sit down to work, consider the things that may be a distraction you. Does your phone draw you to it and invite you to surf Snapchat or Instagram while your work sits strewn before you? Turn your cell and put it somewhere out of sight.
If you have a couple of loud siblings that still make it hard to focus, try playing something like classical music or simple white noise to drown them out.
A complete change of scenery might away be a way to avoid distraction. Head to the library or coffee house and enjoy the distraction-free work session.
6. Time Yourself
Now you have bite-sized goals and a timeline/schedule for when they need to be completed. As you go through all of these goals you have set, time yourself while doing each to measure the time it takes to complete.
After your timer reaches 60 minutes…
7. Take a Break
It is important not to overwork yourself. Once your timer buzzes, give yourself a 10-15 minute breather. Run to the kitchen for a snack or listen to your favorite rapper for a couple of minutes. Just be sure to relax.
8. Use Incentives
As children, we were often rewarded in school for doing something good. During the course of your project, reward yourself for each of the goals you complete. If you complete an hour’s worth of work, reward yourself with an equal amount of your favorite crime drama or video game.
9. Get The Hard Stuff Done First
Solo projects are often hard to complete because we are the only ones focused on completing it. There is no one to get on our case and make sure we get things done. If necessary, enlist a friend or family as your accountability partner.
With someone to keep you honest, you can also share in the joy of a job well done.