Your 9-Step Guide to Eliminating Procrastination from Your Life
Have you tried eliminating procrastination from your life? We all procrastinate. We know what we need to get done, but sometimes it doesn’t happen!
If you’re one to put off doing something until the very last minute — you’re not alone. Many of us wait until an hour or less before guests arrive to get the apartment ready. Or, we don’t turn something in until the day it’s due.
While it’s frustrating being a procrastinator, don’t give up hope yet.
There are steps to take that’ll prompt you to stop putting off tasks. Apply various techniques from this guide, and you’ll become a productivity pro!
It’s essential to do your best in whatever goal you want to check off your list. So, follow these nine tips to begin your quest for productivity instead of procrastination!
1. Ask Yourself Why You’re Avoiding the Task
Often we avoid tasks because we’re afraid of what the outcome might be.
If you’re not sure how a project will turn out, ask yourself what’s the worst thing that could happen.
Chances are even if you mess up, it’ll be a good learning experience. And if you succeed at something, such as a work project, that’s even better!
Putting things into perspective can help you get out of procrastination patterns — stat.
2. Improve Your Environment
Do you have any major distractions?
We all deal with them, but it’s best to minimize them.
For example, trying to accomplish something in a comfy bedroom won’t work. Instead of working, you’ll want to go to sleep!
And, your dog running around isn’t always helpful. You may need to block them from your working space for a while.
Work on a set task in a location where you’ll feel motivated and less distracted. You’ll get a lot more done that way.
To set yourself up for success, create a spot for an office. As opposed to having an office space in your bedroom, put it in a place where it’s easier to concentrate.
3. Do One Thing From Your List Right Now
Your to-do list is growing longer by the day. We hate to break it to you — but it’s not going to get any shorter.
Instead of continuing to make excuses, take a look at your list. Do one thing on it right now! Take your recycling out or organize your tee-shirts in the dresser.
It doesn’t have to take a lot of time, and getting one thing done is better than none!
If you do a task right now, that’s one less to complete. But, after completing a task, come back to this article to get more tips!
You’re on a roll to be more productive. Soon you’ll be checking things off your list left and right!
4. Give Yourself Deadlines
Jobs that don’t have deadlines are tricky. It’s hard getting them done because they’re always last on your priority list.
So, to ensure you can check them off your list, give yourself a deadline.
If you don’t complete the task because of unrealistic expectations (or unforeseen circumstances!), you can always adjust the due date later.
But, at least you’ll have a deadline now. Your mind perceives time as an essential resource, making it all the more vital to follow through!
And when you get stuff done, it’ll bring you one step closer to finishing other jobs!
5. Take a Break
Sometimes if you’re running it too hard, you can lose motivation to get things done.
Instead of throwing in the towel, try taking more breaks. Every hour or so, get up and walk around. It’ll give your mind a break and help you refocus.
There’s no reason to feel guilty for taking a break — trust us, it’ll help you do more!
Doing this will make your day flow better. And you can achieve tasks more efficiently.
6. Reward Yourself for Making Progress
After completing a few significant tasks, go ahead and reward yourself! Treat yourself to a favorite dessert or do an activity you love.
Do you want to take yourself out to a movie?
Get out and enjoy it!
Rewarding yourself will encourage you to finish other jobs. And if you conclude other tasks, you can reward yourself for those as well!
7. Spend Time With Inspiring People
Figure out which of your friends and family inspire you the most.
Different people may have various ways of showing encouragement. Be sure to take advantage of each person’s good vibes!
Spend more time with them, so their positive energy will rub off on you.
Going to your loved ones for advice is also a great idea. They can help you overcome feeling stuck or if you’re dealing with a lack of motivation.
8. Be Brave
As you work toward reaching your goals, be brave.
You can show courage by not being afraid to get out of your comfort zone.
The more you push through your fear, the more you’ll feel confident in your abilities.
9. Envision Your Future
Envisioning your future can make you eager to follow through with your goals.
Say you want to save enough money to get a brand new car. Envisioning yourself zooming around in a new car should make you want to work harder!
But, when you get a new car, make sure you follow the speed limit!
So, always keep your goals in the back of your mind. It’ll help speed you along (in your new car)!
Eliminating procrastination and being productive can sound intimidating. But, if you take tasks in bite-size pieces, things won’t be that daunting anymore.
If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, take a break.
And if you don’t get as much done as you had hoped, cut yourself some slack. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it’s going to take some time for you to get complete some tasks.
For now, revel in the feeling of being more productive. In time you’ll be an expert at pushing fear aside and getting even more accomplished!
About the Author
Angus Flynn is the Property Manager at Summerly at Zanjero. With five years of property management experience and many more in customer service, he enjoys making Summerly at Zanjero a great place to call home.