Letters to YOU: "How to stop procrastinating and start doing?" Part I
Procrastination is the most expensive habit in your life. We all have to do something we don’t want to do – pay bills, exercise on a regular basis, wake up early, go to work etc. We all find excuses for not doing something and leaving it till the very last moment. The more we delay doing something we don’t want to do, the more anxious and annoyed we get. Just think how much your excuses cost you on a daily basis. If you will simply remind yourself that ‘time is money’ , you will be on the right track immediately. How to stop procrastinating? Here are some tips for your consideration.
- Stop making excuses. You are in charge of your own life – accept the responsibility. It’s not someone else’s fault – it’s yours. Start with self-evaluation. Next time you feel like procrastinating, just ask yourself these questions:
1. What will happen if you won’t complete this task?
2. What will not happen if you will complete this task?
3. What will happen if you will complete this task?
4. What will not happen if you won’t complete this task?
These questions are designed to make you think! They are much easier than they seem. Just give it a go and see what unleashes.
- Practise self-control . Please start with investing in a diary! Make a list of tasks for a day/week. Prioritise your tasks – complete the most challenging one first. If the task has to be done over a certain period of time, then break it into smaller tasks. Concentrate on achieving smaller goals, which will eventually bring you closer to completing your big task.
- If you are absolutely dreading doing something then do it first thing in the morning . Why? Just get it out of your way while you are still full of energy in the morning and free your mind. If you are trying to get in the habit of doing something few times a week and still can’t make yourself follow through – then do it every day until it becomes a part of your life. For example, if you want to do a yoga class three times a week, just do a little bit every day, without skipping and making excuses.
- Stop thinking too much about doing a task. Just make a plan and start following through , you can make adjustments later. If you think too much about completing a task, you will end up thinking that it’s very hard, it requires a lot of your precious time and you won’t complete it on time. Plan and actions are your best friends in beating procrastination. Take a first step and go with the flow.
- Fight your fear of failure and fear of success . If fear of failure is your biggest concern then work on your self-confidence issues. Remember that there is no failure, only feedback. If you didn't get something right the first time you've tried, then learn from your experience, think how you could do it again and go for it. You’ll be surprised that most people procrastinate because of fear of success! What happens when all dreams come true? Simple – you set new goals . Success comes with responsibility. Decide once and for all – do you want to become a successful person or a philosopher? Do you want to grow old, look back at your life and say: ‘I wish I've done this and that’ ? Deal with life challenges sooner rather than later. You don’t want to regret not achieving your life goals.
- Find what motivates you best and use these strategies whenever you don’t feel like doing something. Learn to reward yourself for finishing tasks. Practising self-praising will boost your confidence and give you strength to carry on.
- Don’t try! Trying means having an option to fail. Instead of saying ‘I will try’ , learn to say ‘I will do it ’. Set your mind on success.
- How much time do you spend on personal development? I don’t mean just reading self-help books and simply agreeing with the content – I mean doing suggested exercises. Find time for yourself, one-two hours a week, to work on your self-development. If you know you've got a self-confidence issue, do some research on the subject, find exercises and do them. Invest in yourself.
Be healthy, happy and wealthy… and Remember: “Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.”
Always by your side,