Procrastination. Such a long word. A word that makes you feel like you did something wrong. Procrastination. Hard to say it, but so easy to drift into. Procrastination. Every time that I don’t do what I should be doing I hear it shouting in my head, PROCRASTINATION!
It’s not easy dealing with it. There were days that I felt it is all I do, which is basically nothing. I got up in the morning, got the kids ready and off to school (yay for that, it is better than the days I would not get out of bed at all), had a list of things needed to get done, but instead, I would sink into a black hole of doing nothing. Well, doing something, but mostly things that have a result value of big fat zero!
I feel it’s like an addiction for me, the easy way out. Instead of doing the important things, things that will move me forward in my life and toward my dreams, I did other things. It is scary to move forward, it is scary to do things that are out of my comfort zone. So in times that was easier not to deal with them. I found rescue in watching Youtube, going into Facebook or just doing nothing.
However, lately, after doing a lot of work with myself I started reducing the time. Being more productive and achieving more. I cannot say that I am 100% healed, and maybe I will never be, but things are much better. I thought I will share with you some of the things that helped me with dealing with procrastination:
- Listening to motivational speakers. My favorite one is Brendon Burchard. His work is helping me to improve myself. I followed him for a few years now but since I attended his High Performance Academy Live Event last February, I feel that I stepped into a new way of life. I highly recommend Brendon’s book “The Motivation Manifesto” it will get you looking at things differently and will get you moving more into the right direction. He also has a youtube channel in which you can get a lot of inspiration, here is one of my favorite videos:
- Setting Goals for each day – what do I want to accomplish today? What is the most important thing that needs to be done? I try to make a list that is not too long, otherwise, I get lost. Also, the important things, if I can, I do them first thing in the morning.
- I work in blocks of time – do a 45-50 min of time of working and then take a 10 min break in which I try to move around as much as I can. I use my timer on my phone to help with that.
- The most important thing – block the websites that cause me problems! I feel that this is the most helpful tool I found in dealing with procrastination. Also, I don’t have a Facebook app on my phone and I muted all the groups that I’m in on Whatsapp.
- Keep a notebook or a notepad nearby and every time a thought comes to your head, something you need to do, something you want to buy, something you want to check, anything, just write it down. Then you will feel more free and relaxed to continue with your work and not start looking and doing something else.
- When I feel that my mind starts to wonder and the feeling of stop doing what I’m doing is coming over there are two things I do
- I start saying to myself over and over what is my task right now and why it is important. ( I know it sounds weird to talk to yourself, but it really helps, it’s as if you are your own cop!)
- If it doesn’t help, I take out my journal and start writing whatever comes to my head for about 5-10 min and then get back to work.
I do believe that it is an addiction. Going into Facebook every 30 min is an addiction. Going to check what is new on the news channel is an addiction. But I found that like everything else I can find solutions in dealing with it.
Do you have the procrastination problem? What are your tips to how to deal with it?
I hope you found this post helpful.
Until next time,
Don’t forget to smile 🙂