Everybody procrastinates, some just do it more frequently than others. Procrastination happens when the task you are about to do seems dull and uninteresting. It happens when the thought of starting on a project causes feelings of fear, rejection, or insecurity to surface, and you suddenly start doubting whether you can even take on the project at all. Procrastination does not get things done. It’s a destructive and disruptive habit that you need to get rid of today. Don’t bookmark this page to read for later. Here are a few strategies to help you overcome procrastination.
Work on what you’re passionate about
When the task at hand is something you don’t enjoy doing, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of procrastination. If you know you’re not going to enjoy it, don’t take on the project. Just do the ones that play to your strengths, things that you love and are passionate about. When you love what you do, you don’t have to force yourself to work. You’ll also find that you don’t mind all the hours spent on work, and you have the same amount of enthusiasm every single day.
Get rid of the boredom
It’s so easy to get distracted when you’re bored. Don’t feed the boredom. Instead, get your blood running and raise your energy levels. Stretch, practice deep breathing, dance it out—anything to get you out of that lethargic state. Be in a place that fosters creativity and productivity. Be around active people. Avoid distractions. Stop working on the couch or from your bed. Power up your laptop and just start writing.
Fight the fear
Understand that fear is a natural human emotion. But fear can be crippling if you don’t learn how to fight it. Don’t let the fear take over. One way to fight it is by making a commitment to work. It forces you to get started on the task at hand and meet your deadlines. List the things that you need to do and tick them off one by one to mark your progress. Seeing the growing number of completed tasks will give you that added boost of energy and spark of inspiration.
Let go of negative thoughts
Change your perspective because what you think, you become. Picture yourself succeeding and achieving great results. Don’t let the work intimidate you. A good tip is to review the task long and hard. You will find that it’s not as daunting as you first thought. Reviewing the task also gives you time to devise steps on how you will handle the job in a manner that is both realistic and less stressful.
Think about the consequences
Know how procrastination affects your life and others around you. Remind yourself about what’s at stake if you fail to complete the job or turn in sloppy work. Think about how it will affect your career and the quality of your work. Nobody likes to work with someone who only starts working at the last minute.
You got yourself out of that rut. Great job! You have to give yourself some positive reinforcement for getting the job done, as well as some punishment system in place when you make mistakes. This will reinforce your efforts and compel you to achieve more. Keep doing it long enough, and you will realize that your whole attitude towards work has shifted.