Procrastination is my middle name. I fight that beast inside of me everyday. I’m the kind of person who likes to take things on and create something from nothing. I have a huge ambition for life and success. The problem is once I’ve taken a project or goal to complete, about half way into it procrastination kicks me in the nuts. The solution is really just to trick your brain into not being so overwhelmed.
Are you like me? Here’s a list of 5 things that might help:
1. MAKE GOALS: Set yourself very short-term goals or what I call “mini-goals” or “micro-goals”. These are basically goals within other goals. I guess I have too much A.D.D. so I set these mini-goals to help. For example, when I workout my goal is usually 8-12 reps (repetitions) per set. I’m usually so focused on the weight and maintaining proper form that seeing the end of the set seems too far to finish (especially with heavy weight). So I count a 10 rep set as two combined 5 rep sets. In my mind it’s a lot easier to accomplish two sets of 5 then one set of 10.
2. PRIORITIZE: If you make a note of everything that needs to be taken care of and structure them in order of importance, then you will finish your project or goal sooner.
3. ORGANIZE: Have you tried to accomplish anything in a clutter? It’s not easy. My procrastination tends arise from lack of organization. It might be a messy office or not having a clear vision of what you want to accomplish. Maintain a neat environment and lucid goals.
4. TAKE A BREAK, LIMIT YOUR HOURS: I’ve noticed I get so into projects that I feel like I’m almost drowning in them. You need to set a work schedule for your project or goal and stick to it. If you work at home make it a firm rule to work from 8-4, 9-5, or whatever your schedule is. Working on projects from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep will eventually lead to procrastination. And take a break every once in a while if your feeling a little frustrated. Call someone, walk around, or go outside even if for 5 minutes. It helps.
5. HAVE FUN AND LAUGH: The more fun you have doing something, the more you will want to go back and keep doing it. It’s a simple thing, but one of the most powerful from my experiences. Whether listening to music, watching a funny video on youtube, or chatting with a friend for a bit. I personally find things to laugh about all the time, even small and silly things can amuse me enough to keep procrastination at bay.
This is a small list, but it has proven helpful to me. Hopefully it will help some of you out there.