Procrastination is something we’ve all done at some point. We feel like being lazy, or we just don’t have the motivation to get it done.
|How to stop procrastinating and get things done?|
Procrastination does not come from outside, it comes from within you; it is your own weakness that causes you to procrastinate. As long as you do not tackle the root cause of your own procrastination, no matter how much information or advice you get from others, you will still continue to procrastinate.
What is procrastination?
Let me give you a definition : "Procrastination is putting off important work till later when it could have been done sooner."
Procrastination is not just laziness or lack of discipline; it is much deeper than that.
Procrastination has its roots in fear and uncertainty. Sometimes we put off things because we cannot decide which choice to take, and sometimes we put things off because we fear failure.
Whether it’s part-time business, full-time business or even a hobby, we all want to get more done. It’s just that sometimes it doesn’t happen.
We have different situations that divert our attention. But let’s change this together.
3 tips to deal with your procrastination
1. Figure out why you procrastinate
There are several ways to fight procrastination. Some of them you can use right away and some of them will need to be addressed later.
The first thing you need to do is figure out why you procrastinate. It may seem like a waste of time but by figuring out this one thing, it will help you with all other aspects of the problem.
Procrastination can be a real problem. It has many causes, and they are not all the same.
A large number of people procrastinate out of fear. They feel overwhelmed by the size of the task or by how far they are from mastering the skills needed to complete it.
If this is you, it may help to break the task into smaller steps, and to set aside only as much time as you need for the first step. Once you've gotten started, you will often find that it's easier than you thought, and that you have more time than you expected.
Other people procrastinate because they feel that the task isn't really important, so why start now?
If this is your problem, it helps to remember that whatever task you put off will still be there when you're ready to do it; in fact, it may get worse if you wait.
Some people procrastinate out of habit, it's just what they do. If this applies to you, notice what happens just before you begin putting off your work :
Are you getting distracted by games or social media?
Do you try to start working but find yourself doing some other thing instead?
If so, try setting aside less time for distracting activities.
A good way to start is by asking yourself the following questions :
Why can't I finish it sooner?
What am I avoiding?
What am I afraid of?
What am I waiting for?
Once you figured out the cause behind your procrastination, you can take action against it.
Here are some ideas that will help reduce your procrastination significantly :
Do it now! Write your blog, call that client or even just wash the dishes. You will feel better after you started working on your task and won't want to procrastinate anymore.
Make lists! Write down everything you need to do and make sure that the things that are most important are done first.
2. Be efficient with your time Everyone is given time 24 hours a day but what differentiates them is who is good at using time towards success.
Procrastination is the thief of time. Whatever time you are saving now by not doing something, you will later lose it while you keep thinking about doing that thing.
Procrastination is a problem for everyone. Every person that has ever had to get things done has experienced it.
There are many causes for procrastination, but one of the most common is not being focused on what needs to be done.
You might even have a list of things you need to get done, but if you are not focus, you will find it difficult to complete the tasks and it is likely that you will procrastinate again.
In order to stop procrastinating, you first have to take action by identifying your tasks and prioritizing them. This is an effective way of beating your procrastination so you can focus on a particular task or set of tasks each day. Make sure that your tasks are specific, measurable and attainable within a reasonable time period.
The key element to deal with procrastination is focus!
Focus on the outcome that you want to achieve and how you will achieve it by taking action. Focus makes it easier for you to complete the desired task because it keeps your mind from wandering off and thinking about other things like social media or random thoughts.
Stay focused with a timer or alarm that will notify you when time is up on completing the task at hand.
Do not stop when you're tired but stop when you're done.
3. Get clear about what you want to achieve
If you want to stop procrastinating and get things done, the first step is to get clear about what you want to achieve.
If you have a specific goal, it will be easier for you to stay focused. Focusing on your goal will help you to avoid distractions and procrastination.
If you know what your goal is, then it will be easier for you to create a plan of action that will help you achieve your goal. Having a plan will also make you more productive.
Your plan should include two or three actions that are necessary in order for you to achieve your goal. If the actions are clear and well defined, then it is much easier for you to complete them on time.
For example if you need $1000 for your small business as soon as possible (without making a loan from bank or loan shark), your actions could be like these :
- Sell your preloved item
- Ask help from your family or friends
- Do online jobs such as virtual assistant, data entry, tutor etc
It's OK if your plan is differ than mine. However, make sure it's achievable.
In the end, it all comes down to how much you value your business and how badly you want to succeed.
Procrastination is often a symptom of fear, fear that your business will fail, fear that your idea isn’t good enough. But even if that happens, isn’t it better to try?
Don’t be afraid to take risks, to come up with new ideas, and to experiment. With hard work, a lot can be accomplished. You just have to make sure that you start it first.
There are three key takeaways from this content.
First, whatever your reasons for procrastinating, there are ways to overcome them.
Second, you should always get back on track as soon as possible after a bout of procrastination.
Third, the best way to deal with these problems is to tackle procrastination directly and head-on.
Finally, don't give up on your business!