Tips To Help Stop Procrastination In Everyday Life
Procrastination is a common problem. Everyone procrastinates at some point in their lives, and the more important something is, the more likely you are to procrastinate about it. But what if there were a way to stop procrastinating and get things done? What if there were ways to help yourself fight off the urge to put off getting started on that project or start that workout? You see, as humans, we’re hard-wired to want to keep our goals and solutions in our heads rather than actually do anything about them. Our brains don’t like having their answers delayed or being told how long something will take. We like clarity and exactness. So what if there was a way for you to give yourself the peace of mind that comes from not needing to worry about whether or not you’ll be able to finish that project before your next class starts or how long it will take you to complete that workout? What if there were ways of helping yourself fight off the urge to procrastinate in everyday life?
Plan Your Day Ahead
If you’re like most people, you have a pretty good idea of how you’re going to spend your day and what you’ll be doing while you wait for the day to start. But is that really the best way to tackle your goals? If you have an idea of what you’ll be doing, but don’t have a clear idea of when you’ll do it, you’ll be leaving yourself plenty of room for error. If you don’t know the starting time for your day, you’ll have a hard time knowing whether you’ve missed any deadlines or commitments. You might even end up putting off important tasks because you’re not 100% certain when they will be completed. If you’re like most people, you have a pretty good idea of how you’re going to spend your day and what you’ll be doing while you wait for the day to start. But is that really the best way to tackle your goals? If you have an idea of what you’ll be doing, but don’t have a clear idea of when you’ll do it, you’ll be leaving yourself plenty of room for error. If you don’t know the starting time for your day, you’ll have a hard time knowing whether you’ve missed any deadlines or commitments. You might even end up putting off important tasks because you’re not 100% certain when they will be completed.
Track Your Progress
How do you know if you’ve actually achieved something significant towards your goal? How do you know if you’ve actually started the task you set yourself to completion of? Tracking your progress is a great way to make sure you’re actually doing what you said you would do. Do you remember the feeling of accomplishment that comes with successful completion of a task? That sense of satisfaction that you get when you think you’ve really achieved something? If not, you may be missing out on a lot of happiness. Most things in life give us short-term benefits and long-term costs. Tracking your progress is a great way to identify which items are bringing you the most satisfaction now and which items are causing you stress and anxiety.
Set Up a Daily ritual
Have you ever found yourself feeling tardy for a meeting or due to start on a project only to realize you didn’t actually do anything until the next day? How about feeling over-excited because you finished what you set out to do but then realizing you haven’t actually done anything exciting or new since then? Rituals are slow, steady passages of time during which we sit or stand quietly, focus our attention on one thing, and repeat the process until our desired outcome comes into focus.
Write It Down
The worst thing you can do for your goals is to let them sit unacknowledged and unread in a drawer. You may not have realized the full implications of what you wrote down yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t! You can still actively push your goals forward by acknowledging and dealing with each problem or issue that comes up. Writing them down not only gives you something to focus on while you wait for them to sink in, it also gives you a physical reminder so you don’t forget what you set out to do.
Tell Someone You Trust
If you have a tendency to put things off, it may be because you don’t trust yourself to do things right. After all, you don’t know how long something will take or how successful (or not) you’ll be. You might even have self-doubt about whether you have the skills or desire to do the task at all. There are plenty of people who can teach you how to stop procrastinating and start doing what you said you would do. Ask a friend or a mentor for help. Confide in someone about your goals and how you’re feeling about them. Give yourself grace and try to talk yourself through each task or decision you make so you don’t end up putting off important things because you don’t know how to do them.
Stay motivated with Self-improvement techniques
As you make your way through this guide, you’ll notice that many of the techniques mentioned are ones you can use on your own time, not just when you’re in school or working. You can use these techniques even when you have no idea how to start doing something. You can use these techniques to help you stay motivated to get through the day and move forward with your goals.
Staying motivated can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be done alone. With a few adjustments and tools from this guide, you can stop putting off important tasks and start moving towards your goals. With a little effort and determination, you can stop procrastinating and start living the life you want to live.