Do you procrastinate? I know I do! Ever wondered how you can overcome procrastination? Read on …
OK, I’ll be honest. I do procrastinate sometimes, while at other times, I’m highly productive. A lot seems to depend on my energy levels and motivation to perform the task at hand.
How about you? Are you a bit of a procrastinator too? I think we’re all guilty of it sometimes. The trick is in learning how to overcome procrastination and maximise action. Hmmm, yes, it can be a bit tricky indeed!
…and it kinda goes against the whole “Seize the Day Project” philosophy. That’s part of the reason I’ve started this project – to become a better version of myself first, then share what I’ve learned to help others to do the same.
I had an important (paid) copywriting job to do today. Working from home is great, but there are times when I get overwhelmed with the amount of distractions the home setting provides, from household chores I wouldn’t normally be so keen to do, to surfing the net for hours at a time, to talking to the dog/neighbours/friend who called to catch up, just because I can.
I usually get started with writing projects first thing in the morning, which means I’d have at least a draft or two finished by lunchtime.
But today, I found other “important” things to do first, such as:
- Washing – a necessity, but I took it to the extreme by doing 3 loads + hand washing!
- Checking Facebook – not a necessity at the time
- Taking the dog to the vet – we DID have an appointment, but it only took 20 minutes
- Going to the supermarket – could have waited until this afternoon
- Sorting the weekend’s washing – could have been done tonight in front of TV
- Sweeping and cleaning up – could have asked the kids to do it! *LAUGHS*
Perhaps the kids being on school holidays had something to do with my procrastination – oh yes, it was their fault! Or maybe it was just little ol’ me, putting off something I really needed to do.
I didn’t start writing until after lunch and now I’ve done two parts of it, but I’ve run out of steam to finish the job today. The client told me its fine for me to get it done at my leisure – something no client should EVER say to a freelancer! We need deadlines, people – DEAD-LINES!!
I know I work best early in the day, but I gave that precious time to other less useful tasks. Thanks, procrastination – you really are the thief of time!
So why do we procrastinate? Because we’re disorganised, overwhelmed or waiting for the perfect time, place, day, equipment or surroundings? Tick all of the above.
Let’s face it, the time will never be perfect. We just have to get started…. Don’t we? Ahem!
So, here are 10 tips to help overcome procrastination:
I’m going to try them and, hopefully, they will help stamp out at least some of my procrastination…
- Recognise you are procrastinating
- Look at the cost of your time – how much MONEY are you wasting?
- Set yourself a goal and a deadline
- Make a step-by-step plan or To Do list
- Stop thinking about it and actually GET STARTED
- Don’t be a perfectionist, just do something – you can polish it later
- Do the thing you most fear FIRST – everything after that will be easy
- Take baby steps – one slow teensy weensy step at a time until you can gain more momentum
- Get yourself a buddy – accountability often helps
- Announce your goals/intentions publicly – then you’ve sorta gotta do it …
So, what do you think? Have any of these strategies worked for you and helped you to overcome procrastination?
I guess the worst case scenario is, that if I don’t overcome my procrastination and get things done, I’ll end up feeling as though I’m not really living and simply paying bills until I die! I did say WORST case 🙂
Let me know if you have a tip to help overcome procrastination … please! Simply leave your lovely comments in the box below.
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