Oh yes, the dreaded procrastination. You know that thing that you want to put off until tomorrow. What if I told you that you can stop procrastination for good and it is actually easy to do.
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In this post, I’m going to walk you through step by step on why you need to do to stop procrastination for good. By the end of this post, you will have the tools you need to stop procrastination for good.
What if I also told you that by stopping that dreaded procrastination, you could also find loads of time each and every day. Do I have your attention now? Let me show you.
Why do we (as people) procrastinate?
There are a ton of different reasons why we do this.
Maybe it’s because you feel overwhelmed. Not knowing where to start can really lead to some major procrastination. Maybe you just really don’t want to do it. Sure that’s fair.
Sometimes we have to do things that we really don’t want to do. So why did we sign up to do it? It’s all about the bigger picture.
I’m talking about why we do what we do. We always need to know the answer to our why.
Why do you go to work?
Why are you cooking those cookies for the bake sale?
Why are you going back to school?
Why are you staying up late to finish that blog post? Whatever
So what does all of this why talk have to do with procrastination?
Like I said before, it is all about the big picture. One of the first things you need to do to stop procrastination is to know what your priorities are. If you know why you are doing why you are doing, it is going to be easier for you to take action.
Let me give you an example:Say, you are going back to school. Why are you going back to school? Many people go back to school for many different reasons. Maybe your reason is that your dream is to become a psychologist, and the only way for you to do that is to go back to school.
Signing up for school means a huge commitment. You are committing time, money, and energy into a new career. So knowing you whyIt is your dream to become a psychologist. Will make it a little easier for you to get up and do what needs to be done. Always keep the answer to your why at the front of your memory.
Now that I’ve talked to you about know what you why is, let’s talk about ways to make sure that procrastination goes away for good!
So how can you really make sure that you are keeping that procrastination bug at bay?
I’m going to walk you through what I think is one of the most important things that people just don’t do.
Set up priorities for yourself. Seems simple enough, right? Wrong.
Sometimes you just get overwhelmed. When you feel overwhelmed with what you are doing, you are going to be more likely to put off what you are doing. You will do this because you don’t have a clear plan in place.
So how do you prevent from feeling overwhelmed? There are a few things you can do that will keep your eye on the prize.One thing you could do is create a daily to-do list, this will allow you to see what is on tap for the day.There are always pluses and minuses when it comes to implementing a new system.Before you begin to add a to-do list to your day, you really need to know how you work.
Do you just feel super overwhelmed all of the time?
Do you just feel completely unmotivated all of the time?#
Do you worry you are not working on or doing the most important thing?
These are common obstacles that can easily be eliminated by knowing how you work best.
First off, if you are feeling super overwhelmed all of the time then creating simply priorities each day will eliminate that overwhelmed feeling.
All you need to do is, create a to-do list and highlight the top 3 things that are the most important. Once you finish those 3 things, your feeling of being overwhelmed should go down. You should actually start feeling proud because you just finished 3 things on your list!
If you are feeling completely unmotivated then you need to make a list, pick the hardest, most undesirable, the worst task on your list. Do that. Don’t turn on your phone or computer. Do that 1 thing. Once you have done that, you are ready to celebrate because you just finished a task and didn’t procrastinate.
If you are worried that you are not working or doing the most important thing then again, you need to make a list and prioritize that list. Red, most important. Orange, less important. Yellow, not important. While or unhighlighted it can wait.
Now how are you going to implement this?
Creating planning time in your day is key. I don’t recommend creating this list when you are ready to start working, I recommend creating this list the night before. That way when you are ready to start working you have a clear plan of what needs to be done. Setting you up for the most success as possible.
Now how to do you make sure you are following through? You need to hold yourself accountable.
So how the heck is that going to happen? Sounds easier said than done, right? Wrong! It’s quite simple.
Create due dates for everything that you do.
Have a goal? Set a due date.
Creating a schedule for yourself, set a due date.
By creating a due date you are eliminating excuses from your life. You are setting yourself up for the most success as possible!
What you need to do is create a list of everything that needs to be completed for that one project or goal that you are trying to achieve. Then assign due dates for each of the tasks. You are holding yourself accountable for completing the project. Eliminating excuses and setting a clear plan in place so you are wanting to complete this project. Making procrastination a thing of the past.
Sometimes implementing new strategies and systems can be tough. Instead of going it alone, help is here. It is called Balance Framework. In this system, you will learn everything you need to know about gain 6 or more hours a week and you will be able to implement this system in as little as 10 days.