To put off doing something till later will always lead to trouble in the end. Procrastination is the beginning of bad news in my book, I’ve experienced getting myself in tight spots in the past because I was an avid procrastinator.
It got to the point that I was getting extremely disappointed in my work, it wasn’t the quality that I wanted nor was it the output that I originally imagined on delivering.
I’ve struggled with beating procrastination for years now, and I’m not completely over procrastinating but I’ve gotten much better in handling it that I can manage my work better than I ever could before.
Here are some of my foolproof tips to conquer procrastination and nip it in the bud before it gets worse:
Stop. Breathe. Do it.
There’s no shame in taking your time in doing something but there is a problem when you completely end up blowing off the work for the next day, you would only feel more compelled to skip it more because you already did before. It’s time to put a brave front on and just do the task at a head and face it head on- who knows you might actually enjoy doing it.
Divide and conquer
Work smart and not just hard, organize the work that needs to be done and break them up into manageable parts. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when working and that leads to you subconsciously procrastinating without even meaning too. Don’t put fear into your head and don’t overthink because the odds are you’re just putting unnecessary pressure on yourself.
Change of scenery
It’s actually quite beneficial to have a change of environment every once in awhile, don’t stay stuck in a darkened room with the laptop as your only source of light. You may think it’s not needed to leave the workstation that you’ve gotten used to but trust me when I say that being in a new place triggers new ideas and can actually motivate you to work better in the long run.
We can’t all be Einstein that could handle a messy desk, but there is always a need for organization. Don’t be complacent and leave everything to memory, it never works. Get ahead of yourself and decide on your own system of how you want to fix your schedule, plan dates, track progress, and maybe find time to focus on your hobbies.
Keep motivated and inspired
If you like what you’re doing it will never seem boring and you’ll be more energized to do it. Don’t hate the job even if it’s hard, try to find a bright side to doing it and focus on that, negativity gets you nowhere in life whereas those with a positive mindset go far and become stronger.
Eye on the prize
Along the way, you can easily be blinded by the stress and pressure that you forget why you’re even doing what you’re doing in the first place, losing sight of direction is a road leading to procrastination because you don’t know what you’re doing anymore. Write your goals down and this way you are making it known and clear just what it is that you want to achieve and why it’s important.
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. -Zig Ziglar