Getting things done is hard. But it doesn’t have to be!
When we are conscious of what we need to do at a particular time but feel too lazy or reluctant to do it at that moment, it draws us back from achieving our goals.
Basically, procrastination draws you back from achieving your goals. You know what to do but you keep saying “Oh, I will do that tomorrow, or the next, or a day before the deadline.” In the long run, you might not even get your tasks done or you end up rushing to do it and get an imperfect result in return. That’s what procrastination does.
If this describes what you have to go through, then here is a perfect guide for you to overcome procrastination.
1. Create a plan
Set a plan that can help you achieve your goals. You can use a calendar app or a planner app on your phone since it is easy to access. Highlight your plans and set a timeline to complete them. For instance, if you are learning a new course online, you could set your timer like this: "Every weekday from 10 am-12 pm, I will study a chapter of the Technical course” or “I will do the laundry every Saturday at 1 pm”. Reminders like this will keep you conscious that you need to get some things done.
2. Set simple and achievable goals
One of the reasons why we procrastinate is that the task at hand seems too daunting. But, when you break the big tasks into small chunks over time, it becomes easier to achieve the big task. It is better to start with simple, reachable goals instead of a big, vague plan. This means that rather than planning to finish a new course in a day, you could plan to finish a chapter of the course in the morning.
3. Set a deadline
When you work without deadlines, it gives you the feeling that you can do it at any time, or in fact, you might not see the need to get it done at all. It's very important to set a specific date when you want to accomplish your goals. You can also use incentives, no matter the worth, to motivate yourself. For instance, “If I finish this chapter in the morning, I will watch my favorite movie series.” Or something bigger regarding the goal you want to achieve. Achieving your goals becomes more interesting because you know something is at stake.
4. Get rid of distractions
Stay away from any form of distraction during the time you set aside to achieve your goal. Distractions could slow you down and even make you lose focus. If you spend so much time on social media, you could use that as an incentive that if you complete your task, you will check out your social media pages. It is better off to stay in a place where people can’t distract you or get you involved in unnecessary talks.
5. Take a break
You should normalize taking a nap, listening to music, seeing movies, hanging out, or any other relaxing thing that takes your mind off work. This is to make sure that you do not get overwhelmed with your goals.
6. Tell someone about your goal
When someone knows about the goals you set to achieve, in some kind of way, they try to check up on you to know if you followed through with the plan. Sometimes, you might forget to get some things done but if you tell a friend or family member, they could serve as reminders and even hold you responsible for your goals. They are usually your number one fans who are always eager to celebrate your victories, no matter how small it is. So, try to get someone you trust involved.
Overcoming procrastination is not so easy but if you can follow up with these guidelines, you can definitely accomplish anything you set your mind to. Don’t feel overwhelmed, never feel all alone.
Whenever you feel the urge to procrastinate, remember your goals, break your task into smaller chunks, make sure you relax and also normalize celebrating your small goals. You will see that in the long run, your hard work will eventually pay off.