We all suck at procrastinating sometimes. Procrastination is an endless rut of feeling like we can’t accomplish something. It is by far one of the most frustrating and annoying things, not only for ourselves but for those around us that it affects. It sucks when as a kid, you can’t go out and do something because your sibling put off cleaning their room. Or, as an adult, you can’t leave the office yet because you’re cubicle mate put off doing his closing paperwork. Regardless of whether we like it or not, our actions affect others.
This article is to help you stop procrastinating.. so after you read it, TAKE ACTION. You can read, use, and re-read these steps each and every time you find yourself putting off something.
Stop complaining about how tired you are and how many obstacles are standing in your way
We all face hardships, blocks, hurdles, storms, or whatever else you want to call them; How you deal with those things, how you learn how to dance in the metaphorical rain or jump over the hurdles, determines your success and happiness in life. You can sit and complain, but don’ expect anything to change. Kapish?
Google Search “motivational quotes,” just read some of these below:
“No Rain, No Rainbows.” –Ancient Proverb
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning how to dance in the rain.” –Ancient Proverb
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
Make yourself a cup of coffee, or your favorite tea
Let yourself have a moment. Sometimes procrastination can allow us to subconsciously punish ourselves for “waiting too long.” Don’t let yourself fall into this negative self-talk trap and give yourself a treat!
Grab a snack from your kitchen
A little extra fuel can help provide you with that kick in the butt that you need. Whether it’s a cookie, a carrot, or some chips – just fuel yourself!
Take a shower
This is a great tool to use when feeling extra procrastinate-y. Yup, that’s a new word. But, seriously, taking a shower can help re-set things. Your system gets stimulated physically and showers have been shown to help improve mental health as well.
List the top 3 positive outcomes of achieving your task
Instead of focusing on what could go wrong while accomplishing what you need to get done, think about the positive things you’re going to gain from doing it!
Think about the part of doing this task that you enjoy
Most tasks have some enjoyable component to them. Focus on what you like about what you have to do, no matter how simple or how small. Enjoy the very act of doing your task for what it’s worth.
Send a text to someone important in your life and tell them how much you love them.
Lock yourself in a room with the thing you need to be doing.
- Don’t leave until you make some progress.
- Put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, or ax to the grindstone.
- Stop looking for external motivation. Stop letting yourself procrastinate.
- Start going through the motions of making progress. At first it might feel forced, but eventually, you’ll get in the groove.
We all have things to do that we really just don’t want to do, but have to for some reason. These are the toughest to find motivation for. For these especially difficult situations, I recommend two things:
First, question whether or not this thing really needs to be done.
Second, if you still conclude that this thing absolutely has to get done, focus on simply getting past it.
Imagine the relief of not having this thing on your plate anymore. How will that make you feel? Dig deep. See how quickly you can possibly do this thing.
Do it now and move on to stuff you really want to do.
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