Procrastination is a serious challenge for LOTS of people, so if you’re one of them, you are not alone!
The reasons that people procrastinate vary, but the results are the same – ALWAYS. When procrastination is one of your go-to time choices, you are also choosing stress, frustration, dwindling self-confidence … and lots of other challenges. Ultimately, procrastination affects your career, your relationships … really your whole life!
Admittedly, it can be difficult to do things you don’t want to do. Even when you know that waiting too long will create a lot of problems, getting started can still seem impossible.
So how can you beat procrastination and start getting them done instead? Read on for some Timely Tips to get you on track and on time!
Beat Procrastination – 5 Timely Tips
1. Schedule it.
Make an appointment in your calendar for the day and time you’re going to work on the task. This is far more effective than just leaving everything up in the air until the right moment seems to present itself. (There is no right moment!)
2. Small Steps.
A long, unpleasant task can be very difficult to start. Think, “I’m going to work on this for 10 minutes.” That’s easy enough that you should be able to sit down and get busy. Getting starting is the tough part, so make it as easy to get started as you possibly can.
3. Chunk it down.
Break the task into smaller parts. Large tasks can seem overwhelming. It’s easier to do 10 small things than one big thing.
4. Pay attention to your energy.
We all have times of the day that we’re better at certain tasks. When you’re scheduling, be mindful of your rhythms and choose the best time time for you to tackle the task. Also consider what you’ll need to get it done. Do you need quiet and privacy? Do you need access to certain people? Give yourself what you need and you’ll be much more productive.
5. Reward yourself!
Be sure to acknowledge and validate your accomplishments. Decide beforehand what you’ll give yourself as a reward for completing the task. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but a little additional motivation builds your relationship with yourself. As self-trust grows, self-confidence blossoms.© Copyright 2014 Paula Eder, Ph.D.