There are a lot of proverbs that people quote regarding the need to put procrastination in the rear view mirror. People really can say whatever they want to say, right? What matters is that you need to feel inspired about a task or job that needs to get done. You could knuckle down and just do it, but you’ve got to want to do it in order to defeat procrastination once and for all.
Are you ready to stop procrastinating today? To consider it a bad habit that you can kick to the curb and throw its belongings out on the street? Then here’s what you’ve got to start doing:
1. Stop thinking about what needs to be done. The easiest way to procrastinate is to think about a task… and then keep thinking about it. It feels like you’re not procrastinating because you’re at least thinking about it, right? The problem is that just thinking about something doesn’t translate into doing something automatically. Put those thoughts into thoughtful action and you’ll be taking forward steps on your journey. Two forward steps with one backward step still equals one step forward.
2. Keep a realistic worldview. You know how Uncle Si on Duck Dynasty says that his stories are 95% true? The way people look at the world is also 95% true on any given day. It’s that 5% of exaggeration that gets you into trouble. By blowing up a potential problem so that your molehill just became Mount Everest, you’ll end up giving yourself a good reason not to get something done. It’s easy to climb a molehill. It takes an expert to climb Mount Everest. Don’t create your own Mount Everest!
3. Make a plan to take the first step. Sometimes you’ve just got to put yourself into a place where you force yourself along on the journey. When there’s no going back, the only way to go is forward. To keep going forward, however, you’ve also got to have a plan in place so that each step along your journey can be successfully met. Create those plans, and then determine a way to implement them effectively. Sometimes you’ve got to follow Nike’s advice: just do it.
4. Start with the hardest task on your to-do list. Hard tasks are easy to put off. Why? Because they’re difficult! Who wants to do something really hard at the end of the day anyway? If you flip the paradigm around and do the hard work first, then the easy work last, you’ll stay more productive throughout your day. You’ll also end up procrastinating less because you’ll feel like you’re successful in accomplishing more! Just watch out for those co-workers wandering around with a full coffee mug, looking for a long conversation.
5. Confront your fears immediately. There’s nothing worse than the fear of something to hold someone back, and especially so if that fear is of failure. Confront fears when you feel them arise because if you don’t, they’ll out-argue that angels on your other shoulder that are encouraging you to proceed. Then you’ll get poked by their little pitchforks until you decide to procrastinate and it will all be over. Fear doesn’t control you – you control fear.
If you’re looking to stop procrastination right now, as in yesterday, then these steps will help you do just that. Take back control of your life, get stuff done, and be the success that you know you can be!