Procrastination plagues everyone from time to time, and for some, it’s more commonplace than for others. It’s, for sure, a bad habit and can be a difficult place to find yourself in! Procrastination can lead to being late, as well as to missing important appointments or even work. It also leads to not getting things done around the house!
There is a simple fix to procrastination, however! Try these easy tips and see if they can help you out!
3 Easy Ways To Tackle Procrastination!
1. Write A To-Do List, Every Day!
Avoid the long to-do lists! They will more than likely become an object of your procrastination. Instead, create short, daily, to-do lists that are reasonable. 3-5 items should be fine to start out with. That way, you will have a goal which doesn’t seem “too bad!” Pick the most important things that need to be done each day to include in your list. As you finish each task on the list, cross it off so you can visually see your progress.
Moreover, have a reward in mind for when you finish off your list. Think, now I deserve to watch that new movie, play my favorite game, or go for a walk with my dog!
2. Keep the Items on the List Simple!
Instead of writing, “look for a job,” write, “apply to one job.” Or, instead of, ” go for a run,” how about, “put my tennis shoes on and go outside!” For each listing, write the first step to getting the entire task done. When you write an entire task, such as, “write a 20-page paper,” it seems daunting, and you will still have a hard time to get started. Instead, write down, “write one paragraph for my paper.”
You will find, that most of the time, you will do more than just the first step. Since procrastination is all about getting started, if you can just find an easy way to get started, you more than likely will find the motivation to keep on going!
3. Stop Distractions Before They Occur!
Think about what things can lead you to procrastinate. Then, find ways to prevent them from occurring. Turn off your phone if you can’t stop checking it. Put it on airplane mode to stop notifications coming in while you are focusing on your task.
If you need to work on your computer and easily become distracted, try an app like Dayboard which turns your browser into a current, to-do list. It keeps track of your task history, and it turns off browser interruptions such as notifications so that you can stay focused on the tasks at hand!
If you need to listen to music, listen to classical music or music without words, as words can lead to singing or listening to them, which is nothing but a distraction.
In conclusion, really try to keep in mind that reward that you got set up for yourself! It will give you something to look forward to! Moreover, it will help you to want to start on ─ and to achieve ─ your tasks so that you have that sense of achievement ─ which really makes it feel like a real award!
Plus, the faster you get it done, the faster you get to do what you enjoy!
Robin and the Zen Team!