Do you procrastinate? You need or want to do something but keep putting it off. You start to feel guilty because you aren’t ticking off the box as completed and it starts to morph into something that you just can’t or don’t want to deal with. Sound familiar?
Procrastination has come to visit me lately as I work through my studies for my Fitness Certification. You may have read about my struggles in Sometimes You Just Need a Kick up the Butt. I’ve also been procrastinating with the blog, not feeling inspired yet not making the time to really find inspiration.
Procrastination is such a waste of our precious time!
I do not like procrastination as I’ve always been one to get in and just get it done. Doing the jobs I don’t like first so they are out of the way. Writing lists and enjoying crossing off the items as I finish them.
Procrastination does not sit well with me and so it was a gentle reminder to give procrastination the flick when I saw the image below on the Ageless Spirit Endless Beauty Facebook page.
Although the topic is about diet it could be about any goal we face. We want it but we just don’t have the willpower, courage, inclination (insert your own word) to make it happen. So we allow procrastination to set in and use her as an excuse and excuses are so easy, aren’t they?
I opened my Inbox and found an email from Thrive Global about Reframing our Mindset. The sub headings throughout the article were “I’m stuck”, “I’m dreading the week ahead”, “I will never get this done’. All feelings or thoughts that I have recently experienced.
How do I overcome my procrastination and just get through to the other side?
I decided to google ‘Procrastination’ and this article from the Centre for Clinical Intervention popped up. It outlines strategies we can use to stop procrastination in it’s tracks. I’ve given a brief precis of the strategies below.
Strategies to overcome procrastination
1. Gain clarity
- Write a ‘To Do’ list,
- Prioritise the tasks, break each task into smaller chuncks or ‘microsteps’
- Accurately estimate how much time each step will take and write the time next to it
2. Making the task easier
There are several options you can use and I plan to write more about this in a future post.
- Worst-first – get the worst job done fist so everything else seems easier
- Use Momentum – I like this idea – Start doing the task you enjoy and energises you. Then without a break switch to a task that you have been putting off.
- Just 5 minutes – plan to spend just 5 minutes on the task. After 5 minutes reassess and see if you want to continue for another 5 minutes. In most cases, you will find that you continue.
- Set time limits – be specific about how long you will spend on your task e.g. 30 minutes, and stop after that time.
- Know your Prime time – work out the best time of day when you feel energised
- Know your Prime place – where will you be least distracted
- Remember-then-do – as soon as you think about a task try to do it
- Reminders – set reminders
- Visualise – keep your Why in focus
- Focus – practice deep breathing and then go back to the task
- Plan Rewards
3. When Can I do it?
Plan – use a timetable to schedule or unscheduled your week.
Finding strategies to help overcome obstables in our life will enable us to enjoy our life to the full.
Are your procrastinating over something at the moment? Do you want to go into a new decade with jobs half completed? Why not try some of these strategies today and start the new decade with a clean slate full of possibilities?