5 Strategies to Beat Procrastination

The worst of the productivity killers is procrastination. Procrastination takes many forms, some of which are innocent: “Oh, I’ll have more focus to work on that in an hour.” Even with good intentions, your procrastination negatively affects your productivity. You are working around excuses instead of working through problems.

It can be easy to beat, however. There are many strategies to keep you from procrastinating your tasks. Here are a few of my favorite strategies:

1. Don’t Eat Your Dessert First

“Life is short! Eat dessert first!” This mantra is in place to help you loosen up. But when this philosophy is keeping you from attending to your important tasks, it’s time to find a new one. When it comes to work, you should eat your veggies first, then your dessert. You have to eat your veggies first, because they are often the least delicious item on your plate, and when presented with other choices, you’ll almost always choose anything over veggies. If you can get these “vegetable” tasks out of the way, you’ll have the time and energy you need to focus on more delicious—read interesting—tasks. And don’t worry, once you increase your productivity with this strategy, you’ll always have room for dessert.

2. Compete with Yourself

You’ve heard before that you’re your own worst enemy. If you’re struggling with procrastination, let this idea be true: compete with yourself to complete your tasks. You can time yourself to train your body to work quickly on the tasks you’ve been procrastinating. You could evaluate your productivity for the previous day or the previous week and try to complete even more tasks today. Make yourself accountable for your choices, and your urge to procrastinate will diminish.

3. Break It Down

Take the task you’ve been avoiding and break it down into next actions. Dissect the task all the way to completion so you can visualize what needs to be done from start to finish. Then, complete a few of the next actions to get you going, but if you stop again, you’ll have a roadmap for the entire task to tell you what to do to jump back in.

4. Set a Deadline, Then Reward Yourself

Setting a deadline is a great idea, but most of the time you remember that you set that deadline, and therefore, it can be moved. If you add a reward to accompany your deadline, then you can beat your mind—if you finish by the appointed time, you’ll get your reward. If you move the deadline, you lose the reward. This helps you change your focus to the reward instead of the task—this strategy works especially well with mundane or monotonous tasks.

5. Build Your Self-Esteem

Believe it or not, your ego plays a big part in your eagerness to complete a project. If you think you’re bad at something, you have a hard time attacking a project. When you feel inadequate, it becomes easier to procrastinate. To circumvent this problem, you need to build up your self-esteem. You can research and learn more about the task you are avoiding, or you could do a general self-esteem boost for all areas of your life. That’s up to you. Once you have the confidence to start on a task, you’ll be able to avoid procrastination and increase your productivity.

Image by digitalart via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *