Procrastination – the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished.
I am a great procrastinator. However, I noticed I wasn’t moving forward and figured out procrastination was doing me more harm than good. Procrastination slows your progress to the point of paralyzing you if you let it. As an example; there are people who receive the Monday Motivator and send me an email or tell me they have a contribution. You never get to read it though because they never send them. They are busy, they have lots to do, they can do it tomorrow, they might think no one wants to read their contribution, they might not be sure if it’s a good contribution and the list of excuses and fears goes on…So if you have a contribution for the Monday Motivator, TAKE ACTION and send it NOW!
So what makes you stop procrastinating?
My answer was to become a ‘do-it-now’ person. I have an A5 size printout in my office that tells me, ‘I am a do-it-now person’. It is in a place I can’t help but see it. I also say to myself, when I am about to start a task, ‘do-it’now’, and take action. Taking action is the most important thing to ridding yourself of the procrastination virus and getting things done.
How can you stop procrastination? Here are some tips that could help.
Start small. When you are about to do a task say to yourself ‘do-it-now’ and take action. Start off with getting out of bed, brushing your teeth anything that will get you into a habit of doing it now!
Example – you are about to get out of bed. Say to yourself, I am going to get out of bed, then the statement ‘do-it-now’ and take action – get out of bed.
Motivate yourself with positive statements, for example, “the sooner I get the work done, the sooner I can do what I want”. Give yourself time to change.
While walking, say, “I am walking.” While sitting, say, “I am sitting.” (I have started doing this and for some reason when I do, I smile and want to whistle, Glenn) And feel the shift in your awareness. There will be a sudden spark.
Expect and forgive backsliding.
Set clear, specific goals for yourself and stick to them. If you are working on a large project, set goals for each step and include the time by which you want to have them accomplished.
Give yourself credit for anything you do.
I hope this helps you in some way to beat procrastination and I am looking forward to receiving your contribution.
Take ACTION and have a successful week.