Time management tips that reduce procrastination will enhance your enjoyment and boost your productivity, too! Here’s a proven strategy to start on time and maintain your momentum.
Imagine – no more stalling out, losing focus or rushing into a new project blindly… All you need is to create a simple, practical ritual; one that helps you to start just about any activity at work or at home. And adapting it to all sorts of activities is pretty straightforward.
How to Create Your Procrastination-Reducing Ritual
Your ideal ritual will engage your imagination, reduce your stress and provide support. This helps you maintain your motivation and momentum. Furthermore, you create the optimal setting to work well.
Step One: Psych Yourself in Advance
Why not learn from world-class athletes, and experienced public speakers? They mentally rehearse their success by enriching their consciousness with powerful imagery.
If you chronically worry, remind yourself that Step 1 of this ritual is the exact opposite. You’re cultivating a positive and proactive outlook. It’s pleasurable to energize yourself by seeing how you operate at your peak level! The more you enjoy this, the easier it is to continue. For days or weeks in advance, invite yourself to envision the ideal outcome of your project. When you do this, ideas bubble up and frameworks begin to develop over the course of your everyday thoughts. This reduces any tendency to procrastinate.
Step Two: Record Valuable Insights
Make a quick note of any ideas that aid your progress. Then harvest your best ideas in advance, and step into your project enriched by several pages of questions and tips to build on. Record them in any ways that work well for you, and consolidate them once a day.
Step Three: Set the Scene for Success
Envision your ideal setting. See everything you need to maintain your focus, right at your fingertips. Create a checklist of these, and print it out. For example, your work checklist might include:
- Your list of ideas
- A calendar that you make notes on.
- Your master list of action steps
- Your daily to do list
- Your computer
- Resource materials and sticky notes
- Lined tablets
- Several pens or sharpened pencils A timer
- A healthy beverage
Step Four: Create Manageable Action Steps
Now you’re replacing fruitless worrying with proactive anticipation. You’re also creating a calm, well-supplied work environment. Next, make each action step straightforward and achievable.
- Create a Project Master List. Break your project down into simple consecutive action steps, labeling each step by number.
- Make every step easy to accomplish in a single setting.
- Using a calendar, work backward from your due date. Schedule each step in, by number. To reduce stress still further, build in enough extra time to handle unforeseen events.
- Only place the action step for tomorrow on tomorrow’s list. Refer to your calendar and your Master List each day for your next step. This way, you are much less likely to procrastinate because of overwhelm.
Step Five: Validate Yourself
On a fundamental level, procrastination is like avoiding a critical presence that looms over you. Replace this harsh overseer with a fair and supportive presence, and everything changes! The more you validate your progress with impartiality and good will, the less incentive you’ll have to distract yourself or seek excuses to put off your work.
Procrastination may have been a lifelong companion for you, but it doesn’t have to be any more. Use this ritual to further your success and make working immensely more pleasurable. And ultimately, you will find more time to do what matters most to you.© Copyright 2012 Paula Eder, Ph.D.