Is procrastination holding you back from taking action on your dream life?
We all procrastinate for various reasons but when we boil it down it’s usually because the task we want to accomplish feels too heavy or overwhelming.
What is procrastination?
Procrastination is the intentional avoidance of doing tasks that needs to be accomplished, to avoid the stress and anxiety associated with them. As a deadline grows closer, our stress increases and we procrastinate even more to avoid the stress. It’s a vicious cycle.
How do we stop procrastination?
I’m going to provide you a list of simple tips that helpfully will help you minimize procrastination:
📝 Making to-do lists to help you organize your thoughts;
✔️ Start each list with the most important task;
❓ Find out why you are procrastinating:
Once you think you have found the reason, get a piece of paper and write ‘I am not doing this because of…’ followed by an explanation. This will make sure you identify the reason fully and it will help to make it clear. Then, write down ‘I need to do this because…’ followed by the reason you are trying to do the task in the first place.
🎌 Identify if the task actually needs to be done:
Ask yourself: “What are the downsides of not completing that task?”
🎯 Break large projects into smaller and more easily achievable goals.
📅 Set goals and schedules:
Knowing what needs to be done and when you need to do it, is fundamental.
🛑 Avoid perfectionism:
Once you overcome perfectionism you will realize that something you have been avoiding is actually much easier than you thought, because you thought it would be difficult or impossible.
I really recommend you the book “The Power of Habit”, it explains how habits are formed and how they influence our life. By understanding how and why habits are created, we can modify them and create new ones.
I hope this post is helpful to you. I still have a tendency to procrastinate but am slowly getting better by remembering it is just a habit I can change.
What techniques you usually use to beat procrastination? Let me know in the comments 😊