Procrastination comes in many forms and disguises
You can appear to be busy and still be procrastinating. Many people do busy work to look good and show how much they have accomplished. When we take a closer look it seems like even though they have accomplished a great deal, it is all menial work with no real impact.
In my previous career as a teacher I saw this happening all the time. The very busy people who kept the staff room tidy, cleaned their room spotlessly and spent a great deal of time in the principal’s office were made out to be super teachers. They were very good at keeping busy. Unfortunately you probably know where I am going with this, they had little time to really teach?
You can get out of your procrastination cycle once and for all.
The first thing is a simple idea, but it works all the same – make a list!
It sounds ridiculous, but it does actually work. Just go to your local stationary store and get yourself a large notebook, and make lists and plans for yourself to stick to, prioritize everything on your list in order of importance, and allocate times for these tasks to be done (1 hour, 2 hours etc). The key to battling procrastination is organization, by allocating specific times; you’re ensuring that you have enough time to do everything and get it done! If a task is particularly big, then split it up into manageable time slots, making sure that progress is steady, and you’re not giving yourself too much to do.
Procrastination can happen by getting overwhelmed and not being able to start or finish a project due to trying to achieve perfection. Getting organized and having a direction is helpful when it comes trying to get beyond procrastination..
Part of getting beyond procrastination has to do with prioritizing things. It is helpful to get an accurate perspective of what you want for yourself. The day is only so long, you have limited time and energy and you can’t get everything done you want to do. But by knowing your priorities you can learn to motivate yourself to do the things you are procrastinating about.
Don’t look at everything you have to do, look at one thing you have to do.
Break down that one thing into the smallest thing you can do.
Stop procrastinating by starting to do even one little thing. Once you start doing one thing towards the task, you will create a flow. This momentum will help you continue little by little until you have completed the chore. Forward motion will get you feeling more motivated. This may help stop the overwhelming feelings that can cause someone to procrastinate.
Ask yourself about your fears and insecurities. Comfort yourself with the idea that you can do this, and you don’t have to continue to put off the things you need to do. When you finally free yourself from procrastination, you will feel a sense of emotional freedom.
Emotional freedom is a great reward. So just go ahead and do it. Either do a small part of the task right now, or work on conquering your emotions to motivate yourself. Either way, you are taking action. Action is answer to procrastination.
What do you do to beat procrastination?
Do you have any tips for people who suffer from procrastination? Please share them in the comments section.