I feel very confident in saying that no one really likes procrastinating, but yet everyone does it at some point or another. Procrastination keeps you stuck and stagnant and it prevents you from moving forward. If you're a known procrastinator and you struggle with getting things done then keep reading to see the five tips that you can start doing today to overcome procrastination.
Procrastination is a bad habit and just like any habit it can be broken by creating new habits to replace the bad ones.
I recently read that it takes a little over 30 days to create new habits, so accept that it's going to take some time before you'll start to see changes. It also takes hard work so you have to be intentional and focused on what your end goal is and let that be your motivation to keep going when you feel like quitting.
One of the questions I often ask my clients during our coaching sessions is, “How bad do you want your life to change?” And they often respond they want it really bad and that's why they reached out to me. My response is always, "when you want something bad enough then you're going to do whatever it takes to make it happen. Period."
So whenever you start putting stuff off, I want you to ask yourself, why am I procrastinating? & how bad do I want to see my life change?
Don’t feel like because you always procrastinate, you have to accept it as a way of life. Every day you have the power of choice. Make a decision that you want to stop doing something and do it.
It takes discipline, but if it's worth it to you, then you'll get it done.
What you can do TODAY to stop procrastinating
If you’re like me you probably have a long to-do list of things to do and the list keeps growing and growing. Focus on what you can do TODAY. Be realistic and honest with yourself. STOP putting too much on your plate which will cause you to be overwhelmed and end up procrastinating.
Create a list of only 3 things that you can do each day. Yes, that’s right only 3 things and stick to that list. No matter what, you need to cross those things off your list by end of day. Now if you're able to get more done great, but focus only on the three things. hint: create your list the night before so you’re ready to go first thing in the morning.
Think about how good you’re going to feel at the end of the day when you’re able to see what you accomplished for the day. Remember to be realistic and only put things that you know you can get done that day. If it’s something that’s going to take more time save it for the weekend.
Reduce distractions. This one is for me. lol. When you’re working on your task eliminate the urge to check email and go on social media. I sometimes delete Instagram off of my phone while I’m working or I’ll log out of Facebook, this way if I’m tempted I have to log in and that serves as my reminder to get back to work.
Share what you’re working on with your accountability partner this way you have someone helping you on your journey. It's ok to ask for help. Don’t be too prideful and feel like you’re suppose to have it all together. If you need help, ask.
Are you ready to stop procrastinating and design the life that you desire?
I want to support you on your journey to overcoming procrastination. On May 5th, I am offering a virtual BeFree Life Workshop where we'll go into more detail with overcoming procrastination, setting SMART goals and creating an action plan for your life.
Overcoming procrastination takes discipline and my vision for the BeFree Community is for us to live the best lives possible and on our own terms. Make up your mind that you want your life to change for the better and be committed to your journey. Move forward today with the BeFree Life Workshop.