The Ultimate Guide to Beating Procrastination
Today I'd like to let you in on a little secret. I am a chronic procrastinator.
Believe me when I say, I know every glorious excuse there is when it comes to procrastinating.
It's too hard. Too messy. I don't know where to start. I'll never finish. I don't feel like it, I have a headache, I'm not inspired...
And perhaps the greatest one of all - I'll do it tomorrow...
If you're a procrastinator, you'll know it affects everything you do - there are the small things like unpaid bills and tired kids who haven't gone to bed on time, as well as the big things like unfinished university degrees and missed career opportunities.
I bet you also know how incredibly frustrating it is to never achieve the things you really want. It's demoralizing, stressful, and really, it's just crushingly sad. Believe me, I've been there.
Now, a simple google search will come up with thousands of methods and techniques to beat procrastination, but today I'd like to share with you the things that have worked for me.
These ten methods may not be conventional, and they may not be coming from an 'expert', but they've all worked for me, so I'll let you in on them all - one procrastinator to another!
My 10 Secrets to Beating Procrastination:
Some people say you should start your day by 'eating the frog' and doing the hardest thing first. But if you're struggling to even get started, then that's probably the last thing you want to try.
I like to break things down into little increments that I can do right now, and make each step small, achievable and relatively easy. It's a way to focus on what you can do, right now!
I'm writing this post at the moment, and my list goes like this:
decide on topic
brainstorm dot points
organize points into a summary
type and set post
Psychologically, when you write a little incremental list like this, you're saying to yourself 'Yes, I can do this, and then I can do this, and this and this!'. Each point is a little bite of the larger project, and as you tick items off, you reinforce the fact that you can do it, and that it's easy.
And the funny thing about this method is that it builds momentum - the more things you achieve, the more things you want to achieve!
I have this one upbeat, fun playlist I always put on when I'm doing the housework that just makes me want to get stuff done - and whenever I play it I get more stuff done in less time. It's amazing!
Why? The fast tempo naturally makes you move and work faster. Try it - put on some upbeat, fun music, and watch just how much more you get done.
This one is for those mind-numbingly boring tasks we all hate to do.