9 Easy Practices For Overcoming Procrastination
You need to kill this bad habit preventing you to reach success.
Procrastination is a central problem for many people. Indeed, it is often easier to give in to the sirens of laziness and procrastinate than to take action. We could even go so far as to say that procrastination is a real pathology that will have harmful consequences in your daily life.
Professionally, your productivity will suffer. By dint of postponing your tasks to be done, you will be late and will have to do your work in order to get it back on time. Consequences: you have been stressed and are not satisfied with your work.
Personally, your self-confidence will reach abyssal depths. Procrastination will prevent you from acting, from moving forward with your projects. You will have ideas but no action. You’re going to have a huge sense of demotivation.
Don’t worry, it is quite possible to get out of it and get back on track for action now. To do this, I suggest that you adopt these 9 easy practices:
1. Start Simply
We have seen that the hardest part is to start. To put all the chances on your side, avoid setting the bar too high. Set a simple goal that will get you started. Once you have reached your goal, you can start over with a slightly more complex goal. You will then enter a virtuous circle that will give you self-confidence and motivation and thus abandon your nasty habit of postponing everything until tomorrow.
2. Define Your Goals
The first thing to do is to define goals. This step is essential and must be done first. It will help you find the motivation you need to succeed. Your goal must be clear and precise.
You can start with simple goals and then raise the bar a little higher each time. Don’t forget to set SMART goals so that you can measure your progress.
As a reminder, the acronym SMART means that your goal is:
- Specific : you must target a specific area for improvement.
- Measurable : you can quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
- Assignable : you must specify who will do it.
- Realistic : you are able to state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
- Time-related : you must specify when the results can be achieved.
3. Make Your Goals Public
Once you have defined your goals, communicate it to those around you. The fact that people know your goals will have an impact on your motivation. You will want to prove what you are capable of. In addition, you can receive encouragement which is a source of motivation.
I know that it is often advisable not to reveal your goals in order to avoid seeing negative people trying to take you away from them. All this is true.
On the other hand, there is nothing to stop you from communicating your goals to positive people around you who will help you and push you to surpass yourself to achieve them.
4. Make A To-Do List
Now that you have your goals, you have to cut them into a list of tasks. Why? The list allows you to visualize the amount of work required to achieve the goal. Don’t forget to cross out a task once it is finished. It is an important source of satisfaction and therefore motivation. In addition, it allows to measure the progress in achieving each of your goals.
The To-Do Lists are not always a good thing, but they are particularly efficient for fighting against procrastination. You should not hesitate to use them!
5. Manage Your Time
Estimate the duration of your tasks. This will allow you to choose the most suitable task when you have free time. There is nothing more frustrating than starting a task and not having time to complete it.
A good advice to apply now is to rank your tasks in order of increasing difficulty and always start with the most difficult task in the morning. Why? Simply because it is in the morning that your energy is at its highest.
In addition, once the most difficult task is completed, your morale will be boosted and you will be able to easily tackle the other tasks on the list without having the desire to procrastinate.
6. Stop Multitasking
Do not juggle several tasks, this is the best way to be inefficient. It has been proven that stopping one task in progress to focus on another task wastes valuable time. Indeed, when you go back to your initial task, it will take you a long time to get back to the same level of concentration.
This time it takes you to regain your concentration is time wasted. It is better to spend this time working and moving forward on a single task to achieve its full realization.
Besides, constantly doing multitasking will give you the negative feeling of never finishing a single task. The resulting frustration clearly promotes procrastination.
One advice: stop multitasking now!
7. Remove All Sources Of Distractions
Are you about to start a task? Calm down and focus 100% on what you are doing. Before starting a task, you should remove all potential sources of distraction from yourself. This includes smartphones, television, social media or anything that could divert your attention from your work.
There is a time for everything in life. When you work, devote yourself fully to your work. This will allow you to maximize your productivity while giving you the feeling of fully advancing your projects.
8. Reward Yourself
Did you manage to accomplish a task? Congratulations! Don’t forget to reward yourself by giving yourself a little pleasure, it will give you a little boost.
There is no reason not to celebrate small quick wins. This will make your future work easier. Don’t overdo it, however, because you have even higher goals to achieve.
9. Taking Care Of Yourself
To be able to accomplish tasks, you need energy. And to have energy you have to take care of your body. Healthy food and sleep are the key words for success. Don’t forget to play sports too. In addition to being healthy, it helps to clear your head.
Finally, feel free to take a break from time to time in your work day if you feel the need. There is nothing worse than working when you are tired.
Instead of wasting time forcing yourself to move forward, go get some fresh air in a park to recharge your batteries. Take the time to admire nature. When you return to work, you will be re-inflated and ready to give your best back.
The very idea of postponing a task until tomorrow will no longer cross your mind.
Stop thinking “I’ll do it tomorrow”, but think “I do it now!”. Procrastination is not inevitable. With motivation and organization, you can overcome it and achieve all your goals, even the highest.
Removing procrastination from his life allows, beyond moving forward, to acquire a sense of tranquility. By adopting these 9 easy practices daily, you can say goodbye to procrastination for good.
Now, It’s up to you!