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Greetings and happy Wednesday day this finally posts. How are you all? I hope well (and if not than sign in blood below and I shall kill your worst enemy). Anyway, I’m finding myself a little busy at the moment – but lucky for you, I found that some backwash of my daily nonsense may actually be of use to you. With that said, enjoy 5 Ways to Beat Procrastination.
5 Ways to Beat Procrastination
Ever have a plan in the works that you just can’t seem to get excited about? Ever have a deadline lacking the “gusto” to get you going? Ever stare at a blank screen wondering what everyone else is up to? Then this post is for you.
In the advent of social media, 4K television, and let’s face it -YouTube – it can be all too easy to play “Hide and Seek” with the multitude of tasks that we may at hand. To many, life seems to be moving so fast that in order to keep up we’re essentially forced to shelf our individual obligations in favor aimless digital wandering -to our own detriment. A huge part of the problem in today’s balancing act of life is our increasing inability to “disconnect” and tackle our goals forthright. Assuming that you’re able to pull away from the screen – here are 5 ways to beat procrastination.
Call Your Own Bluff
A big part of what consumes our focus are the bottomless thoughts of other, more entertaining things that we could be doing instead of what we are supposed to be engaged with. Whether it be exercising, starting that novel you’ve been thinking about, or perhaps even finally sending a message to that person that you have a crush on. As valid and enduring as these things may seem -chances are that they’re non-pressing issues that can be dealt with at a later time. The trick here is to call your own bluff.
Instead of wasting time daydreaming about the “better” things that you could be doing -do them. Indulge your procrastinative thoughts. Usually the things that we think about doing to avoid what we should be doing are meaningless and relatively inconsequential. Make a deal with yourself that it’s either one or the other – and watch as those pointless thoughts dissolve. Once faced with the obvious selection of reality versus fantasy – your drive will take into effect, and your respective task should be easy to begin. In any case, should you choose latter, (with the distraction solved) you can -at that time- engage your initial responsibility.
Go For a Walk
All too often we’re the act of “taking a walk” receives a negative connotation, especially to the procrastinator. It can be seen as a time waster, meaningless, and just down-right boring. Defeat this thought by just getting up and moving. You don’t require a destination, nor do you need much else than shoes and the clothes on your back.
Walking provides an escape from the space of distraction a separation from embedded laziness. Give yourself anywhere from fifteen minutes to a full hour – to simply leave your home and wander about for a bit. This provides an arena for your action and thoughts to become a singularity. As your ideas wander aimlessly so do you. You’ll find that by doing this, you exhaust the momentum of your inner procrastinator. Upon returning home with a clear mind – go directly to the task at hand. With your thoughts freed, focus becomes clear and unwavering.
Why’s and Why Not’s
Should you not have the time to go for a walk or indulge in internal ultimatums, a simple list of why’s and why not’s can be a quick and easy way to sort through the muddled procrastinators mind. This list never has to be put into action. Instead, what writing down this list does, is you force your muddled to focus on the task at hand. Assuming that your obligation is important, the “why’s” section of your list will undoubtedly be longer than the “why not’s”. In either case, fold that list in half and concentrate on the why’s. Use this as motivation to handle your task, as well as a catalyst of focus -should your diluting thoughts return.
Create a Reward
Human beings are complex, yet simple. If you look at anyone around you and honestly at yourself, you’ll find that there are few better functioning systems than the ones built on reward. This never has to be anything monumental -as a matter of fact- it may even work better if the reward is something small that can immediate. Treat yourself to a drink, purchase something that you can’t justify buying, or create a checklist and bask in the jubilance of crossing it off. Little things can drive motivation, considering that your procrastination often goes unrewarded (or even punished) – a small of token of achievement to work toward, can easily silence the beast of aimless mental wandering.
Considering none of the aforementioned advice works, an easy fail-safe method to annihilate procrastination is simply adding accountability. Instead of sitting around and staring at the ceiling, phone a friend or family member close to you, and explain the situation to them. Inform them of the importance of the task at hand, and ask them to hold you accountable for its’ in-completion.
Keep in mind, the friend or family member never really has to do much. The instant that the correspondence is over -the gravity of your responsibility will feel as if it’s been multiplied ten-fold. In essence you’d be tapping into the human condition known as “fight or flight”. This added pressure will drive ambition, enhance focus, and provide momentum. Though seemingly severe, it’s a great way to kick yourself into high gear.
Procrastination can seem like an unbeatable wall on the path to achieving your goals. Though many attempt to avoid it by staying habitually active – the truth of the matter is- that sometimes the best method is simply to confront it head-on. With the help of these steps, procrastination will become a pothole on the road to success.
Hope you all enjoyed that tidbit.
I’ll see you tomorrow for more words in English.