Procrastination is a bad habit that you need to get rid of, immediately! When you stop procrastinating you will have better control of your life. When you overcome procrastination you will also find that you are less worried because you know you’ve done what is required of you.
You know you need to get something done, but you don’t do it right away. You put off that assignment that is due by the end of the week. You’ve got time you’ll do it later, right? So you check your Instagram, and then head over to YouTube. Next thing you know it’s the end of the week and you are in the hurry of your life to beat the deadline. Well, it happens to the best of us.
As someone who is doubling on school work and creating content online, procrastination is my worst enemy. I work from home most of the time, so I am constantly surrounded by distractions. But I manage to do everything that is required of me on time. If I can do it, you can too.
Here are some of my simple tips on how to overcome procrastination and get things done.
1. GET ORGANIZED
Being organized seems to be the solution to creating ease in life. This is now a ritual for me. Before I go to bed, I write down on a diary what I am going to do the next day. This way I don’t miss any meetings or deadlines. Having a to-do list is very simple but it helps you get organized and have control in your life. A list will also show you what the priority of the day is. Do the most important tasks first.
2. DO-IT-NOW MENTALITY
Adopt a do-it-now mentality. Instead of putting off simple things do them immediately. Something as easy as washing the dishes after eating or cleaning as you cook. When you put off these simple tasks, they build up. So the more you keep postponing doing the tasks the more work you are creating for yourself.
3. REMOVE DISTRACTIONS
When you commit to doing something however small, you should go all in on it. When you have distractions around, you are more likely not going to do the best that you can on the task. Social media can be a huge distraction while working. So you can put away your phone and concentrate at the job at hand. If working from home is a distraction, you can go to the library or a coffee shop.
4. START SLOW
Take it easy on yourself. When you create huge goals for yourself you are setting yourself up for failure. Overwhelming yourself will only make you feel compelled to push forward the tasks at hand. Have smaller tasks for yourself, that way you will achieve them with ease. We procrastinate because there’s something more pleasurable to do than what we are doing currently. Making it harder for yourself will only make you not want to do it.
5. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MORNINGS
You can tell how your day is going to be by how you start your day in the morning. When you wake up positive, your day will rather be productive and vice versa. When you are positive you are productive, and procrastination is not an option.
Once the alarm goes off, I push myself out of bed. I put my sneakers on and go for a run. It doesn’t matter if I feel like it or not. I do it anyway. If I stop to think for a second, I know I’ll just crawl back to bed and regret not working out later.
One tip though I can give you is to make your bed in the morning. It’s such a simple thing to do, but it will make you feel like you have everything under control. After a long day I like coming home to a well made bed. That to me is a prize for a good job well done.
What other tips do you have on how to stop procrastinating?
Keep you posted till next time