How to Beat Procrastination
Most of the time it’s not lack of experience that’s holding us back, but rather the lack of determination to do what we need to do to be successful. Procrastination is a trap that many of us fall into.
When we look back at our day, there were the hours that we spent re-reading emails and checking social media, the excessive “preparation,” the coffee breaks, and the time spent on other tasks that we could have safely left for next week.
We put so much energy into coming up with excuses why we can’t be, do or have the things we want, and designing the perfect distractions to keep us from our dreams.
Imagine how far we’d go if we’d just shut up and use all that energy to go for it instead!
Here’s the Good News About Overcoming Procrastination:
1. We all know way more than we give ourselves credit for knowing.
2. We are drawn to things we’re naturally good at.
3. There’s no better teacher than necessity.
4. Passion trumps fear.
So just start. Now! Do whatever it takes. You never know where you might be tomorrow. Today is your day!
OK, I know it’s not that easy. So in the interest of helping you get to where you want to go in this lifetime, here are some tips to help you stop procrastinating:
Tips to Stop Procrastination
Remember that done is better than perfect.
Just get the website up already, or publish your blog post, or record your video, or make the sales calls even though you’re not totally ready yet.
Nobody else cares or will probably even notice that everything isn’t 100 percent perfect – and quite honestly, nothing will ever be 100% perfect anyway.
There’s no better way to get things done than to already be rolling along – so get started, now!
Notice where you stop.
When you’re working on whatever you’re working on, or whatever you’re pretending to work on, where exactly do you stop?
Is it when you have to do the research? Make the scary phone calls? When you have to commit? When it starts getting good?
If you can pinpoint the precise moment that you give up, you will be able to prepare yourself to deal with it.
For example, if every time you need to make follow-up calls, you mysteriously find yourself pulled into Facebook for hours, turn off the internet, or go someplace to make calls where you can’t get online.
Then decide that you have to make five calls before you can check back in and see if anyone posted on the picture you posted of your cat eating a potato chip.
Make a bet with someone mean.
A great way to hold yourself accountable is to make a bet with someone who will hold you to it.
They must have no mercy – they can’t coddle you or understand that “you tried your best.” You want the kind of person who will make you feel humiliated before the excuse even comes out of your mouth.
Make sure you bet something that’s painful to lose but not too unrealistic.
Own it and work with it.
If you’re the kind of person who blows everything off until the last minute, and you know this about yourself, why waste your time freaking out while you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing?
Go to the beach, have a cocktail, and when the pressure’s on, get down to business.
You might as well not waste time stressing while you’re trying to have fun.
Figure out how much time you truly need to get the job done, and go do something else until the clock starts ticking.
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By Lynn Huber
p.s. There’s no better way to get things done than to already be rolling along – so get started, now!
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