Do you procrastinate?
If you said no, then good for you (do share your procrastination tips in the comments!).
If you said yes, however, don’t feel like you are the only one. Most people procrastinate, whether they admit it or not.
Procrastination is one of the biggest challenges we face on a regular basis, some more than others.
It is one of the biggest productivity killers, if not the biggest.
But there are ways to help you deal with your procrastination. There really is light at the end of the tunnel. Trust me, I know. I still struggle with procrastination, and I know of many other peak performers who do, so it really isn’t that uncommon. More importantly, there are things you can do about it.
That’s what this article is for after all.
So without further ado, here are five tips and hacks to help you deal with procrastination.
Make a to-do list
This is an obvious one. Having things written down gives you clarity. You know exactly what needs to happen, what needs to be done. You have a plan. This helps you procrastinate less as you don’t have to waste time wondering what comes next or what needs to be done.
Also, it is really gratifying, crossing things off the list. Not to mention being a great visual progress tracker.
Chunk it down
Often the reason why we procrastinate is because the task seems really daunting, and overwhelming. So a way to get around that is to break it down into smaller parts.
One thing you can try to do is make a list of all the things you can do in five minutes or less, to help you finish off the task. Might not work that great for each and every project, but you can apply the principle to EVERY task. For instance, you can have a list of 5/10/15 min tasks, and so on. You get the idea.
This makes the task far less daunting. The tasks become more achievable and manageable.
And here’s the added bonus – you will become more productive as now you will know that you can fit in tasks even in small pockets of time, and still be making progress! So the next time you have a 10 min break, do a five-minute task, or two if you’re feeling really productive 😉
When you prioritise, you give yourself an even more concrete plan of what needs to happen next. Concrete plans are good for negating procrastination.
You can combine this with the above two to power-up your productivity and defeat your procrastination.
Check out my article on productivity to learn more about this: Top 5 ways to improve your productivity
Go easy on yourself
Often we become really critical and judgemental about ourselves when we don’t get things done.
That usually creates a negative feedback loop. That little voice in your head blames and berates you about not getting things done, which then gets you down, and that then leads to you procrastinating even more, and round and round it goes.
Stop being so hard on yourself!
Give yourself a break. It is ok for you to not always be on the mark. It is not the end of the world if you drop the ball sometimes. The important thing to do is to get back up on the horse, rather than blaming yourself. Think about what you can do to move forward, rather than what didn’t happen.
Next time you are behind on something, don’t berate or judge or be critical of yourself. Go easy on yourself, and focus on solutions.
One-minute productivity hack
Often getting started is the biggest challenge. So here’s something you can do to make that easy, a productivity hack if you will. It’s what I call my one-minute productivity hack.
Basically what you do is commit to doing the task for just a minute, that’s all. Just commit to doing ONE minute of work towards whatever it is you are procrastinating on.
Usually, once you get through that one minute, you will continue working on it. It gets the ball rolling.
The key here is to NOT overthink it – it’s just one minute of work. All you need to do is focus on doing just one minute of that task, that’s it. Don’t worry about the rest. Keep it simple.
Give it a shot.
Here are the 5 procrastination tips and hacks again:
- Make a list
- Chunk it down
- Go easy on yourself
- One-minute productivity hack
Things happen. Things fall off the rail, life gets in the way, etc etc. It is easy to procrastinate. But there are ways
Apply the procrastination tips and hacks outlined above, and I promise you, you WILL become more productive.
None of them are magical solutions that will instantly get rid of procrastination. Magical solutions don’t exist. But what you can do is take steps to do things better.
So take a step. Apply at least one of the hacks today.
Did you? How did it go?
I would love to hear about any procrastination tips you have, as well as any other thoughts, tips, and ideas on dealing with procrastination.
Share them in the comments.
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