This is really the mother of all problems, isn’t it? Procrastinating cannot be said to be laziness. You know you really can do the work. However, it’s the inability to start working in the first place. It’s also about the notion that there’s always time to do the work. So why bother at all? Procrastination can take a dangerous turn for the worst if allowed to fester.
I used to be a major procrastinator before. Heck, I would let things pile up before I got things done. It was easy at first to keep making it all work out well at the end. However, I slowly started to feel the effects. So in this article, I’m going to tell you five things I did to get rid of procrastination.
How I Stopped Procrastinating
I set deadlines for myself
So here’s the thing. Once you have a deadline in your head, your body sets itself up to meet that deadline. It’s more or less like an ultimatum. So, setting an early deadline means you’re tuning your body to work with that specific day in mind.
So, set early deadlines. Make sure you keep these deadlines as realistic as possible. The chances of you meeting those targets will become increase.
I Had a Good Reason to Stop Procrastinating
You can stop procrastinating by giving yourself a good reason. For me, it was about personal development. My journey to where I currently find myself has been long and gradual. Not procrastinating was my own way of taking a step in the right direction.
So take time to actually think of why you definitely need to stop procrastinating. Could it be stopping you from reaching your goals? Do you need this to achieve some form of personal development? Knowing the exact reason will definitely help you in the long run.
Mental Notes Are Wonderful
While people often talk about writing things down, I found making mental notes really helpful. I could plan my day in my head. This is really helpful when you have a lot of things to do. For example, on Wednesday, I made a mental note of what I needed to achieve. It kept me motivated as I gave myself a timeline on when the job needed to be completed.
So, when you feel stressed or the work seems a bit overwhelming, making mental notes can be helpful.
Arrange Your Activities in Order of Priority
While we want to fight procrastination, there are somethings we can afford to do later. It’s important to put the more important things first. So, arrange what needs to be done in order of priority.
While doing so, ensure that you do not fall off the path halfway. It’s easy to take a breather and forget to actually go back to work.
Make sure that complacency does not become an issue.
I Took Short and Long Breaks
While having a great work ethic is really important, taking a break is also crucial. Working hard definitely does not mean you have to get burnt out from work.
So, take breaks in between and after a major job is done. Do things that you find relaxing. This gives your body and brain the time to recover. Make sure you actually rest or do something fun. Switching from one job to another doesn’t cut it.
Trust me, if I could get rid of procrastination, then you can do so too. So find your own reasons and stay motivated. Procrastinating is one step from being defeated.