Three Tricks for Killing the Procrastination Monster
Let’s face it, we all do it from time to time. And yes, I am as guilty as the next guy or gal.
Procrastination is one of the Deadly Sins we all must learn to deal with in our lives. And if we don’t it can bring us down, and bring us crashing down quickly.
The PROCRASTINATION MONSTER is something that can ruin your day, damage your career and can even negatively impact on your relationships.
Now we might often laugh about or even deny procrastination as though it were an amusing habit and sometimes it can be. But please realize that there is a right and a wrong time to procrastinate. For it can be incredibly destructive in many areas of your life.
Imagine you are sitting at your desk at work and it’s 4pm and you have a project that you desperately need to finish by quitting time but you can’t stop browsing Facebook (the evil social media menace) or making trips to the kitchen for cups of coffee (sound familiar, c’mon we have all been there at one time or another).
Well, this can play out a couple of different ways…
- You end up going home very late and lose out on time with your family (so your family life suffers). Or
- You end up not finishing the work and starting the next day incredibly behind (you just might irritate your boss).
Either way, this is a serious problem.
So, what can you do about it?
Here are a few tricks that can help.
1- While working and going through your TA-DA list start with the most enjoyable project first.
One effective way to reduce your proneness to procrastination is to take on the easiest/most enjoyable task first.
Our natural inclination is very often to handle the most difficult task first in an attempt to get it out of the way.
But if you’re struggling with motivation, then this is going to be a big up-hill struggle to get yourself to commit.
Instead, if the first task is something easier and more fun, then you’ll find you can work more easily without being distracted.
And once you’ve done that, you should be in a slightly more work-oriented frame of mind. Besides with each TA-DA you exclaim to yourself as you check things off that TA-DA List the better you feel and that feeling is a great motivator to get through the next task.
Now, of course, you still have to get through the less desirable tasks but by completing the easier more enjoyable tasks first you can build up the momentum to get through the undesirable.
2- Make the Task More Interesting
We often procrastinate because the task at hand is well for lack of a better way to explain it NECESSARY yet BORING at the same time. Hence we would rather be doing something else, actually anything else instead.
One simple solution is to make that mundane task more enjoyable or interesting. Now, this may be a stretch of your imagination but spending a few minutes thinking about how to turn it into an enjoyable activity sure beats the heck out of procrastinating and not getting anything at all done. Now, this could be as simple as turning envelope stuffing into a game. Or it might mean providing yourself with a little stimulation: I often write posts for my various blogs while watching videos on YouTube about subjects that interest me just to ensure that I have a bit of stimulation. It really does work and I am a lot more productive when doing so.
As a writer, we may often be faced with a blank page or a blank screen. This condition is of course known as “writer’s block” We all may have to write about things that are not the most interesting to us from time to time. But, if you’re writing, then try to make the topic as interesting as you possibly can, write it as if you were having a conversation with your reader, and in doing so you’ll be less likely to be bored. Because if you’re bored writing it, then it’s probably not going to be great to read anyway!
3- Increase Energy
One final note, we are much more likely to procrastinate when we’re tired. Why? Because will-power requires energy. When you take that energy away, it becomes much easier to be distracted or interested in other things. Give yourself more energy by sleeping better, by eating better and on a regular schedule, maybe even taking supplements that boost energy levels, and by avoiding stressful events wherever possible.
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