You’ll probably agree starting projects can be tough sometimes.
You know what needs to get done, but for some reason, you find every reason to avoid getting started.
It’s easier to avoid. It’s easier not to begin.
You feel the fear – of failure, of success, or of getting it wrong.
Or you don’t start because you’re so overwhelmed you don’t know where to kick off, you have no strategic plan in place or have so much stuff to do, you just don’t do any of it.
So, you procrastinate.
Why does that happen?
Not everybody has the “get up and go” gene built-in. And if you don’t, or if you’re overwhelmed then it’s all about finding a way to stimulate it, or tapping in to your strengths, to design new behaviours and habits to get on top of that to-do list.
This “no procrastination” solution is the perfect way to push yourself.
It’s perhaps the easiest way to get your tasks started and finished in good time.
Follow these suggestions to help eliminate procrastination once and for all:
1. Identify the value.
When trying to stop procrastinating, one of the first things to be conscious about is the value of the activity you’re avoiding. What are you getting from it? How can it benefit others? Is there actually some value to it?
If you can identify benefits to others around you, that’s more than enough reason to get started. Hopefully, your conscience will prompt you to avoid keeping others waiting!
If the outcome is worthwhile to you, it makes sense to get started. After all, that’s the only way you’re going to finish!
If you can’t identify the value, then it’s probably not worth doing. There are some things that are a complete waste of time.
2. Set a schedule.
Sometimes you may hesitate to get started because you’re looking at the task as a humongous challenge. If a task seems too overwhelming, it’s much easier if you break it up and schedule it into parts.
Break down the big task into smaller, more manageable pieces.
Prioritise them and stick to the schedule for completing them.
Pay no attention to what’s ahead of you. Take care of one step at a time to keep the tasks from becoming intimidating.
3. Set realistic goals.
Remember to always be realistic when setting goals. This means not giving yourself too much or too little time to complete a task. Be honest with yourself about what you can manage.
What else is competing for your time? Is it more important than this current goal? Make that determination and act accordingly.
Try to find the easiest and most complete way to get things done. Maybe your approach of doing things the hard way makes tasks seem insurmountable.
4. Reward yourself for achieving goals.
Remember this psychology trick your parents used on you when you were a kid?
Well, it actually works for you in adulthood! Reward yourself with something you love when you complete a task. It gives you something to work towards but what is it about this step that really makes it work? Emotions create habits – we learn by feeling good – so do what it takes to make YOU feel good when you complete a goal
Sometimes all you need is a break to rest. If you complete a task, you deserve the break!
Avoid spoiling yourself. Make your rewards reasonable.
5. Do something enjoyable at the end of each day.
At the end of each productive day, make time for something enjoyable. Do you have a favorite book? Or a dessert of choice? Use the end of the day to unwind.
Treating yourself reenergizes you, allowing for more productivity the next day.
For example, treat yourself and your friends to dinner and a movie. It helps you relax and regain your energy.
Avoid looking at it as a reward for being productive. Instead, look at it as a deserved part of each successful day.
If you’ve been a procrastinator all your life, it will take a little time to break out of the habit.
What’s important is that you have the desire to change your postponement habit!
The Diary Detox® process which comes with a productivity and wellness tool and app is perfect for tackling all of the above and really getting you working at your most productive and stop you from wasting time – as a certified practitioner if this would benefit you and you’d like access to the process then click HERE for more info.
As with all behaviour design, it’s important to start small, but also to remember in the words of BJ Fogg that people change by feeling good, not by feeling bad and that emotions create a habit.
What does that mean? In short, celebrating your achievements of your new habits no matter how small, no matter how tiny.
Do you beat yourself up if you’re trying to make a change in behaviour and it doesn’t stick? A bit like New Year’s resolutions which have often gone out of the window by Jan 5th?
You’re not alone and neither are you at fault, it’s a design flaw NOT a personality one. A design flaw with the way you’re building the habit in order for it to become a new behaviour as you work towards the aspiration
So 5 key things to remember when you’re implementing a new habit
💙stop judging yourself
💙make the aspiration EASY by breaking it down into easy behaviours
💙embrace mistakes as a discovery and change the process of the behaviour – remember there’s no such thing as failure only feedback!
💙 anchor the new habit to an existing behaviour
💙celebrate every time you do the new habit, not really talking about a gymnastics landing celebration here (unless that works for you) but something that creates a strong positive emotion because emotions create habits!
There are some GREAT tips here that form a key part of you being a master of your time management, of you dealing with procrastination OR creating new habits that are sustainable and which WILL stick. This can ALL help you to avoid burnout, stop feeling frustrated or remove that overwhelm enabling you to maximise your performance, smash your productivity, ditch the procrastination but will enable you to realise your FULL potential and reach your goals.
You may want to grow your business, diversify, make changes in your life, or improve the focus on your own physical, emotional, or mental wellbeing, but you have no clear plan on how you can make any of this happen.
Building habits, making changes to achieve your required outcome CAN be easy IF you have the right approach, one that looks at human psychology, your own preferences & working style with a process that makes a change easy to do.
If you’re committed to making changes, reaching your potential CAN happen with the right space, mindset.
I aim to provide that and more by partnering with you to maximise your performance, productivity, and potential.
Combining behaviour design (so we can look at the habits you want to create AND make it as easy as possible for you to do that!) with performance and productivity planning you can consider your values, identify your goals, AND with the introduction of a life-changing productivity and wellness app and tool combined you remove that overwhelm, maximise your potential, meet your goals, and thrive with a healthy and sustainable business or a life without overwhelm and procrastination.
This can also help you in:
✔ gaining clarity of your values, beliefs, and needs
✔ maximising your performance to reach your targets & goals
✔ developing, implementing, and seeing the results of a clear plan in line with your goals
✔ removing overwhelm & getting your shizzle done
✔ tackling procrastination & perfectionism
✔ increasing productivity
✔ improving time management
✔ considering your emotional, physical, & mental wellbeing
✔ discovering your style and preferences via DISC personality profiling
✔ establishing a strong, positive growth mindset to take you forward
✔ discovering your inner cheerleader and banishing your inner critic
✔ establishing accountability OR
✔ anything else that you need or wish to work on in your sessions – it’s all about you!
How do you feel about that?
It could be a game-changer, couldn’t it?
Imagine ditching the procrastination, mastering your time management and removing that overwhelm, gaining time back – just think what you can do with all of that and how different you would feel.
If you struggle with procrastination, perfectionism, poor time management or you hear yourself always saying “I don’t have time” – imagine what it could be like HAVING that time…
Ready to get started? It’s about time….
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