Five Ways to Beat Procrastination

Five Ways to Beat Procrastination

A wise person once said that “Procrastination is the thief of time…and joy.” I could not agree with this statement more. We as people always seem to think that we have time – time to put things off until tomorrow, time to fix something we messed up, or time to live another day. While we’d all like to believe that we will be blessed to see another day, the truth is, we never know when a particular day will be out last.

Putting things off until the last minute does more than just add stress to the situation, it stifles room for creativity and growth. There are those who believe that they do their best work under pressure, by why choose to work under pressure when you can choose to work from a space of freedom and possibilities?

To help you in your journey to increasing your productivity and decreasing your procrastination, here are five things you can implement immediately to start seeing a difference in your life.

1. Keep a list of everything you have to do.

When you can physically see what you have to do, you’ll be more apt to checking things off your list. Seeing you list dwindle down after a few hours decreases your anxiety and increases your will to do more.

2. Complete time-sensitive tasks at the beginning of the day when you are most productive.

You can’t do everything but you can do something. Everything that is on your list is not a priority. If you can get things done early, great! But focus on first completing tasks that have a time stamp attached to them. Being late to a meeting or turning in an assignment or task late is never acceptable.

3. Find a creative space to work from.

Sometimes it does the mind good to work from a different location than the normal. Working from home can cause you to be too comfortable and want to relax. Working in your cubicle may stifle your will to create because you keep watching the clock. Experiment with your work space and work from a coffee shop or visit a co-working space for a day. Pay attention to your productivity and creativity levels when you do this so you know what inspires you to work.

4. Connect with a like-minded individual to hold you accountable.

Iron sharpens iron. Period. If you want to get more done in life, you have to have people around you who have goals and who are working to achieve

those goals. Tell a few people you can trust what your challenges are in productivity and ask them for their best tips. Take this a step further and ask them to hold you accountable in your journey of eliminating procrastination. Be sure to offer to do the same for them. Make then a bullet on your “to-do” list!

5. Forget trying to be perfect.

It’s not about being perfect; it’s about putting in the work. If you never get started on a thing, how will you know it can be done? One of the best things you can do for yourself to give yourself a boost in productivity is to start. Even if you don’t finish, at least you’ll have something to come back to that you can build upon.

Don’t get fooled into thinking that time is on your side. Use every moment you get to do something worthwhile. This way, when you take a break, it’ll all seem so much more worth it!

 

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