Procrastination is the thief of time
Admit it, we all waste time every now and then. Whether it’s at home or work, we tend to push things aside. We distract ourselves instead of doing what needs to be done. It’s something everyone does but on different scales; some people will distract themselves for a short time while others will distract themselves until someone else comes along and forces them to do what needs doing.
This is called procrastinating.
It is ironic because you procrastinate whilst knowing that you shouldn’t be, you don’t feel good about doing it but you do it. If you can put something aside until the next day, you normally do.
So the question is what can you do to push the procrastination to the side instead and get things done?
I’m just not motivated enough, what’s the point?
9 times out of 10, we usually think of the question above when facing a big task. For example, I should have completed this blog sooner but since it seemed like such a big task, I pushed it aside. The idea of watching YouTube videos sounds more appealing than doing tasks however the key to managing such tasks is breaking it down. The best way in which we get things done is by simplifying things, making a list of broken down tasks that make up the whole task is a must.
For each task that you’ll have broken up, there’s a beginning and an end. This ensures that you can always see the “light at the end of the tunnel”.
After making things simple, the next key is to start. Most of us will try to feel good enough to start but this is how the procrastination begins, the best way of doing things is by starting the task whether you feel like it or not. Then the feelings of accomplishment follow. After completing the broken down tasks, you’ll have finished the main task (whether it’s at home or at work)! You should then reward yourself for completing the task by reading that article you wanted to read or simply doing something positive to renew your mind.
That sounds great but I’ve tried and tried but I can’t seem to start
It’s always easier to plan than it is to carry out the plan. It’s even harder to carry out the plan when you’ve been sitting down, lying down or just watching the telly for a while. The best way to combat this is to get up and do a small physical task, be it stretching or loading the dishwasher whilst keeping in mind that you’re determined to start the task as soon as you finish the physical exercise.
The difference between those who procrastinate and those who don’t is that the non-procrastinators have a system in place which allows them to get through the unenjoyable tasks.
The system always consists of acting. It’s quite surprising how quick things get done once they’ve been started. It ends with a reward that could be something like listening to music, having a snack, something you enjoy.
If you act first, you will see the benefit of starting tasks earlier. You’ll feel that you’re accomplishing more (because you are!) and so, you feel good while achieving goals instead of feeling bad about not getting things done.
So remember, whether you feel ready to start or not, just do it (watch out Nike!) and you’ll fly through the task and feel fantastic while doing it!