Following on from last week I thought I’d keep the procrastination subject going. It’s one that is near and dear to my heart because I sometimes think if there was a procrastination Olympics, I’d be getting a gold medal.
Procrastination – the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished.
Procrastination slows your progress to the point of paralysing you if you let it. As an example, I have been known to put off proposals for so long people lose interest. Yes. I’ve done that.
Proposals drive me nuts though. Why can’t someone just start and we’ll work out the details later? Or, why don’t I have packages people want to buy instead of wanting to customise everything?
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.
The next thing is taking action. Taking action is the most important thing to ridding yourself of the procrastination virus and getting things done. Does it work?
Well, I think it must be. The Monday Motivator was a way to stop my procrastination. It has to be put together by Sunday evening, or very early Monday morning, to go out at a reasonable time for you to read it. You might have noticed I sometimes lose the battle and you get it later than usual but it still happens every Monday and has done so for over 17 years.
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.
For 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. That is get out of bed.
Motivate yourself with positive statements. You could try, “The sooner I get the work done, the sooner I can do what I want”. That works for me. I give myself a reward for doing something I don’t want to do.
Plus, remember the following and be kind to yourself because you won’t change over night.
- Give yourself time to change.
- 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 you take ACTION!
Have a successful week.