Do you struggle with procrastination and making the best use of your time? I sure do. Somethings I am great at. I have no problem doing the things that I love, that make me feel good but what about all the other things I do really want to do them but eek I always find a reason or excuse not to.
Have you sat down at your desk ready to start on the work, the university assignment, whatever task you want to get done and all of a sudden you feel thirsty (so better get a water), then 10 mins later you find yourself scrolling Facebook, Instagram or watching YouTube and before you know it’s the end of the day and your task is still unfinished.
For many people procrastination is like this magnetic force that stops them from completing the most important tasks, it can also be the same force that allows people to drop out of school, uni. or quit the gym or stop attending regular yoga classes. It is not really known why so many of us do this. Some say lack of self-control, poor diet, lazy, but research tells us that it happens when people fear or dread, maybe get anxiety, about a task and especially if they set a timeframe about it and then don’t achieve it within that timeframe then we often feel negative feelings that we didn’t achieve it and then the negative talk cycle begins.
So how can we change it? How can we work at being a "non-procrastinator"?
I find a tool that has helped me is each day always setting a list of things and tasks I would like to achieve and also mark each task either urgent, delegate, do today and do when I have time. This allows me to make sure that the urgent things get done and if I can delegate the task that is always a wonderful option.
Running the three businesses I can find that I get overwhelmed with tasks but when I have a clear list of tasks with each task labelled it helps me get shit done. So whatever area you find that you procrastinate (me also cleaning my car) whatever your area is I suggest the following:
1) Plan (have a plan of attack) without a plan no action was ever taken but then how do we make yourselves start implementing the plan?
Try to internalize the fact that everything you do is a choice.
2) Create methods to help you defeat the monkey. Tell people, make yourself accountable to someone else (no one likes to let anyone else down).
3) Aim for a slow, steady progress—storylines are rewritten one page at a time.
4) Make a decision to change the habit. Once we decided to create a change, the change is so much easier to create. Tell yourself you are NOT GOING TO PROCRASTINATE ANYMORE
To change we have to change. We cannot keep doing the same thing everyday and expect a different result.
pro-cras-ti-na-tion as a noun means
The action of ruining your own life for no apparent reason
So together let us focus on one task at a time and see how we go
I’ll do it if you will