How to STOP Procrastinating
Why do you procrastinate?
If you understand the underlying reasons then you can stop your procrastination cycle.
When you procrastinate, not only do you not get something done, you often spin yourself into a web of stress and self-judgment.
I am a marvel at getting things done and yet I still procrastinate when it comes to certain things.
I procrastinate around things I don’t naturally enjoy or (gasp) I am not naturally good at. (Don’t tell my sons!)
I procrastinate by doing less important things that don’t have a significant impact or a time deadline.
I procrastinate by taking the dog for yet another walk (Sailor is a Covid hunk!)
Noone would look at me and think I procrastinate.
But the truth is, we all do.
Usually procrastination brings unwanted angst and stress.
So, we should be motivated to just do it, right? (Help me Nike)
No such luck.
Most often we procrastinate because we are unclear on what we need to do and how to do it.
If it feels complicated or difficult, that’s a major hurdle.
We can all agree no one needs more difficulty or stress in 2020. Follow these simple and actionable THREE STEPS to help you break your procrastination rut:
Write down the item.
Write down the intended result.
Write down exactly what you need to do to get it done step by step or at least as many steps as you need to start. (If you can’t do this, you need to go back to step 1(b) and get clear on the wanted or needed result.)
Commit to the first step TOMORROW. The right time to start is NOW.
Prioritize the big items by making time in your calendar first thing in the morning.
Schedule 45 minutes to work on it. Schedule a break. Schedule a second 45 minutes to work on it. If it is not finished, schedule time for the next day.
Don’t get distracted by less important items on your to-do list. (Avoid low hanging fruit!)
Get an accountability partner: A person who helps you to keep a commitment.
This person checks your progress daily? weekly?
Do you have a person in mind?
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