6 Tips to End Procrastination
“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done the day after tomorrow,” said the great writer Mark Twain.
We are all aware of the phenomenon known as procrastination. How often has this happened to you: You have some impending work that absolutely needs to get done, but instead of getting the work done, you spend an inordinate amount of time doing absolutely nothing productive, you surf the web, relentlessly use social media, check your email multiple times, watch videos, television and an endless supply of other redundant activities. You simply don’t FEEL like doing anything.
Here’s some ways to end this habit that limits you from reaching your potential and takes away from your right to live a fulfilling, rewarding life.
1. Break your work up into smaller jobs
Often the reason we procrastinate is that we find the work to be too overwhelming for us to tackle all at once. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be have no trouble doing it right then and there.
2. Change your environment.
Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace. One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around.
3. Eliminate your distractions.
Stop being distracted easily, do something simple like moving the browser bookmarks that take up too much of your time into a less accessible folder. Some people go so far as to delete/deactivate their Facebook/social media profiles and this is a little drastic. Addressing procrastination is about being conscious of our actions, not restricting yourself in a self-made prison, but if you think you need it, then definitely go the distance and do it.
4. Tell others about your goals.
Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. That way, whenever you see them next, they will ask you about your status on those projects. This helps you to stay accountable to them and will give you the incentive to follow through on your plans.
5. Stop over-complicating things.
There is no such thing as perfect. There is no perfect time to do something, and definitely not the perfect way. Don’t try too hard to be a perfectionist as this will only hinder your drive to actually get the job done and have you wasting time more often than not because of the pressure to be as perfect as possible. This doesn’t mean don’t do your best, on the contrary, definitely do your best, just don’t get obsessed with perfection. Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination.
- Just do it.
At the end, it all comes down to taking action. You can strategize, hypothesize, plan for all time, but unless you take action, it won’t get done. Just do it!