Picture this – You have a task to finish, and you decide to do it after an hour, say 11:30 AM. But it’s already 11:38, and you feel since this is not a good number, you’d do it at 12 instead. Does that sound familiar?
If yes, you are a procrastinator. But don’t you worry, here’s a truth bomb – we’re all procrastinators in our hearts. We love to delay doing things we should be doing either, for a moment of rest or out of our deep etched fears.
While we do share a mutual love for this habit, we might as well come to terms with the fact that it doesn’t do us any good. Instead, it makes things worse. Not only do we stress more being an inch away from our deadlines, but hamper our growth both personally and professionally. (We might also run the risk of getting an earful from our bosses or other people, who even likes that?)
Trust me, there’s no peace like what you have after being done with your tasks. It’s all worth it. All the reasons why we must stop procrastinating, right? So, if you’re with me, here are some ways that can be of help.
6 ways to stop procrastinating
1. Stay away from gadgets
If you happen to touch your phone every 10 minutes in between work, or you just delay your work for the sake of surfing the web for 10 more minutes, congratulations! You found the reason why you’re always distracted.
Now it’s not at all possible to get rid of your phones, but you can certainly keep them away while you work.
While you are at, have some self-control as well. There’s no point in keeping gadgets away if you go get them again. If there’s a call, you can surely answer it, but as for messages and other notifications, don’t pay attention until you’re done with work.
2. Set daily targets.
It works like this – when you know you have daily targets to meet, you wouldn’t want to distract yourself or procrastinate doing something. You would, in turn, focus only on your tasks. As simple as that!
3. Set time limits
Not only does setting time limits prevent you from procrastinating, and submitting to distractions, but it can also help you increase your productivity. For instance, if you take an hour to complete a task, you might as well do it in 45-50 minutes the next time because when you are running a timer, you might feel challenged to finish your task before time.
You can take the help of your phone or an alarm clock. However, if you take the help of the former, switch off the internet so that you don’t get distracted with messages and notifications.
4. Push yourself
You might procrastinate when you feel unmotivated. But that’s okay. Motivation is something that never stays constant. Somedays, you’ll be highly motivated, some days you won’t. On those days when you’re least motivated, motivating and pushing yourself would become essential.
Here are some of the ways to do that
1. Surround yourself with motivational posters – be it on your walls, workstation, or phones.
2. Tell yourself, “If I cannot find any valid reason why I should not get started with my work, I should start.”
3. Tell yourself that your mind tends to make everything complicated for you; it’s easy to get started, you just have to make the first move.
4. Take enough breaks in between. Working for hours at a stretch might make you tired, which in turn would make you more likely to procrastinate for long hours. So, the better thing to do is, taking enough breaks in between. Setting a work-to-break ratio might help. For instance, if you set a 3:1 ratio, then it would mean that you worked for three hours straight, and took a one-hour break later.
5. Come to terms with your fears
Sometimes, you wouldn’t do something you should just because you fear it. For instance, if you have to go to make a driving license, the only reason you’re procrastinating is that you have a driving test to give, and you’re only afraid of failure.
Thus, switching away from the example – Think. Perhaps the only reason you’re procrastinating is because of a deep-etched fear. If yes, then the first course of action would be to come to terms with your fear and then overcome it.
6. Lastly, Take action.
The more you think, the more likely you are to procrastinate. Thus, stop thinking and just get started already.
Hey there, do you often find yourself procrastinating from time to time? If yes, how do you manage it? If you have some tips or words of motivation, feel free to enlighten all of us in the comment section.