Do you have things that you have always wanted to do but never gotten around to them? Does "I will just do it tomorrow" never seem to actually come? Do new interests, tasks, projects, and more still remain undone? Do you ever feel guilty about all of the things that continue to pile up on your to-do list? Welcome to Procrastination Nation. Population: You
I am challenging you to END procrastination for good. First and foremost: Face the facts and forgive yourself. The more stressed and guilty you feel about the things you have not done, the harder it will be to complete anything. Harshly punishing yourself is not conducive to productivity and will only waste more time and energy. From this point on, challenge yourself to make NO MORE EXCUSES. An excuse is simply a lie you tell yourself to justify why you do not believe you can do something. It is your decision if you want to finally take control of your life and reach your full potential. So what will you do?
1--- Set your goals and track your completion of them. What gets measured gets improved. An easy way to do this is to use your phone to track what you get done each day and over time. You can download a productivity tracking app to assess and measure your productivity, eliminate bad habits that hinder production, set new habits to make you more productive, and receive visibility on daily tasks and larger projects. Good habits boost your overall performance, so why not create a daily habit routine full of rewards?
You can download "Habit Tracker", "Habit Hub" or another productivity tracking app from the Google Play Store. I use Habit Tracker on my Google Pixel 2 XL from Verizon. Love the ease and flow. If you're using an iOS device, you can download the app "Productivity" from the App Store.
2--- Immediately end the internal battle of indecisive negative self-talk by taking action now. Seriously: JUST DO IT. Debating decisions with yourself internally and arguing in your head about when, why, and whether or not you are going to do something drains energy, distracts from goals, and discourages completion. LIFEHACK: Take action and JUST DO IT.
Need help with that? Work on your most important task first when your energy is fresh and high: tackle it and get it out of the way. You will feel much better once it is done, and can then move on to easier tasks for the rest of the day. If beginning a task intimidates you, first give it a try for just 10-15 minutes. Then, take a short 5-minute break, and return to work on the task for another 15 minutes. As you allow yourself to be proud of the progress you are making, strive to add more minutes to your productivity. Tackle the task for 20 minutes or even 30 minutes at a time as you become comfortable and increase your concentration ability. Also, try breaking down your tasks into smaller chunks to make the completion process less overwhelming. Then, focus on completing one chunk at a time and checking it off your list.
3--- Simplify the process by planning ahead and making hefty decisions ahead of time. Decision making consumes more energy than we realize. I embark on an intense brainstorming session where I break down my goals and tasks down into small, digestible steps. I then add those steps to my task manager Wunderlist on my Google Pixel 2 XL This way I can stay on track with ease with a precise breakdown of how to reach my goals at all times at my fingertips! After having taken the time to map your goals out ahead of time, you do not have to waste energy making decisions about what to do for each moment, leaving less room for you to talk yourself out of doing something. Simply take a glance at your task list, and get things done; knock out each item one by one. In addition, make the most of your environment by limiting distractions. Set yourself up for success. Get started and focus on completion, not perfection. Perfectionism often holds us back from even getting started! Get it going and polish as you go. Remember: you can't fix what doesn't even exist.