Procrastination is the middleman between you and your dreams. We often put off what can usually be done immediately till another day often leading to a lack of productivity and results.
I fight procrastination every day, and I’m sure you do sometimes too, so I compiled a list of things I do to counter procrastination on a daily basis.
1) Write a list
A daily to-do list is definitely the way forward. There’s a saying that goes something like this: “If you have a goal, write it down. If you do not write it down, you do not have a goal – you have a wish.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
2) Deal with problems or tasks as soon as possible.
Don’t let things stack up. It will just get overwhelming, and you’ll loose the motivation complete any of your tasks.
3) Be accountable to somebody
The simple act of telling a peer or mentor about what you intend to do will give you an extra push to follow through. Nobody wants to break their word or look silly.
Taking fast action on everything that comes your way isn’t natural. Human beings can be very lazy. In order to be productive, you’ll need to build your procrastination muscles. We are creatures of habit so, keep following through with tips 1-4 even if you fail to complete a few times here and there. It takes effort and time to build new habits.
5) Eliminate distractions
Focus on the task you have at hand. Don’t multi-task. If you’re working on the computer, you should only have the applications you are using open. Close down the Facebook, Twitter, Youtube etc. Don’t answer the phone either unless its critical that you take the call.
6) Keep your environment tidy
A cluttered environment usually results in a cluttered frame of mind. Keep your surroundings clean and tidy, and your thought processes will be clearer.
7) Don’t take on too much
This is critical. Don’t work on too many projects, or read too many books at one time. It will overwhelm you and you’ll go round in circles.
8)Think of the end result
Think of your WHY. The more powerful the why is, the more likely you should be to tackle your assignments quickly and efficiently.
9) Read books on personal development
Books like 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and Think and Grow Rich will give you the mindset you need for success in terms of beating procrastination and slow movement. As they say, success loves speed.
10 )Have a million dollar day
Write a list of things you have put off over the last few years that you know you should do. Write next to that task the amount of time you’ve put it off for. Add the total amount of days, months and years for each task and add them up. That is the amount of procrastination in years you have under your belt. Work diligently to eliminate as many years as possible.