Procrastination is simply making the choice to avoid doing what you know you should be doing.
It’s one of the biggest killers of goals and productivity. You can set the biggest goals in your life and have the best organized task management and to-do-list, if you don’t get around to DOING them, you will remain a loser.
Successful people are people who find a way of doing the things that failures don’t want to do. It goes without saying therefore, that if you want to be successful, you have to find ways to eliminate procrastination from your life.
Rally your efforts now to get things done effectively and efficiently, use these simple tips to eliminate procrastination from your life:
1. Focus on the desired outcome:
The late Stephen Covey puts it best: “Begin with the end in mind.” Go to your desired result; imagine that it’s already done. Savor the outcome in your mind for a moment, and live in the result that you have created, even if it’s only in your mind for now.
If you truly desire that outcome, your energy will flow toward it. Since energy flows to where your thoughts go, it becomes easy to dissolve through the hesitancy and do what you need to do.
2. Consider how you’ll feel when the job isn’t finished:
Another way to approach the focus is to think of how you’ll feel if you continue to procrastinate and end up not doing the work. You might not earn the money to pay off that nagging bill, and so debt-collectors will continue to beat down your door. You might not get that promotion you wanted; or worse, you might lose your job. Use those negative feelings as motivation to get the job done now.
3. Acknowledge that you look for distractions:
The vast majority of those who procrastinate do so by finding something else to focus on, rather than paying attention to the task at hand.
- For example, you need to clean up the clutter and organize your office, but you see an old journal of yours and decide to start reading it instead.
- If you can admit that you purposely look for diversions to avoid what needs to be done, you’ll be on your way to eliminating your procrastination.
4. Remember that excuses are just that, excuses:
Maybe you think you’ll do a poor job or you convince yourself you’ll do a better job when you’re down to the wire. You might even say to yourself, “I’d really like to get that done, but I’m in a time crunch now.”
- Recognize that these are empty excuses that just contribute to your procrastination. The stuff is not done, until it’s done.
5. Start with a list:
Jot down a list of things you’ve been procrastinating about. Then, next to each task, write down your completion date.
- Use your calendar to ensure you have enough time. Divide larger tasks into a series of smaller tasks and list each of those tasks on your calendar too. That will make it easier to see at a glance which tasks you intend to do each day so that you don’t overwhelm yourself and can schedule a reasonable time in which to complete each task.
6. Just do it:
Nike made the saying famous and it applies here. Rather than spend time avoiding a task or wishing it was already done, just start DOING it now.
- Remember that immortal advice from Yoda to Luke Skywalker?: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
7. Celebrate your successes:
When you complete a task you’ve been putting off, reward yourself. It might be a dinner out with a friend, a trip to see that new museum, or a movie, or whatever. Be proud of yourself for stopping the cycle of procrastination.
Procrastination is the bane of existence for many of us. But you have the power to change from procrastination to action. Make a list of the things that need to be done and complete those tasks immediately. You’ll feel less weighed-down by your life if you learn to eliminate procrastination from your life.