Now it is said. I aknowledge the fact that I am a professional procrastinator. If you are just like me there is still hope! Indeed, the first step is to admit it. Only then can you do something about it. Here are 5 tips against this “bad” habit.
1. Don’t beat yourself up
You postponed this important thing you had to do…again. You are tired of being so lazy and not finding the motivation to act on the spot. It happens even to the best of us. So don’t be to hard on yourself. Take baby steps to create an incentive to do what you have to. Challenge yourself to do it quicker the next time and be grateful for having done it anyway. You know, that project that you finally achieved and was in the end successful? Remember that : when you want it you can do it !
2. Find a way to commit
One of the reasons why people procrastinate is because they don’t feel committed to the task in question. The goal is here to find what will truly motivate you to do it the right way and as soon as possible. For example, writing it down and talking about it makes it more concrete. At this point, taking it back is harder, all the more when someone is counting on you. Following the previous idea, you can ask a person that you know is good at motivating you, to be your “partner in crime” and do it together. Or juste ask her to give you some nice and encouraging reminders that you still have to accomplish it.
3. Don’t think twice, just do it
If you allow yourself to rethink the way you are suppose to do it or the steps you need to take, you can easily feel discouraged by it, before having even started. So go ahead and make changes later on. That way, you would have gone far enough in the process to keep going. Furthermore, the changes that you wanted to make could be only minor, so that you would be able to handle them along the way and achieve your mission faster.
4. Make it fun!
The more you think of it like a burden, the more likely you are to postpone the pain of doing it. So make it fun and enjoyable. If you like working with music, do it more often, with your motivational playlist (see my playlist here). If you feel more relaxed after having your favorite coffee at your favorite place, it might be a good idea to go there before going into the strong business. Put yourself in the right place before brainstorming sessions and hard work. Think of it like a game, only the good thing about it is that you can never loose. You will always be proud of having tried and done something you didn’t think you were capable of. That will also strengthen you confidence.
5. Check and update your goals
You had an incentive and even a pal to cheer you up but you are still postponing what seems essential… Maybe you aspire to something different. It is now a good time to check your goals and update them. Make sure it is still what you want, especially if you are working on a personal or professional project that could have an impact on your future. It is never a waste of time to pause and reflect. On the contrary, the sooner you discover it, the better you can react and adapt.