I just spent two hours looking for a template on WordPress (this site is not on WordPress) whilst neglecting the search for my first car, simultaneously listening to a whole radio show and telling myself that I’m eventually going to start writing this post. 😐
What am I doing?
Procrastination is truly the work of the devil and has been silently distracting me from my destiny for years. All those times of saying I’ll do that thing tomorrow, or in an hour. Maybe I’ll start exercising next week. Apply for that job after this episode or get up in 5 minutes. These are the common little ways in which we delay our tasks and don’t get ‘ish done!
Aren’t you tired?
Don’t you want to reach that goal that you’ve had for years?
Well, listen up.
Remove ALL distractions
This point is especially important for myself as I can get lost in my own head.
Go somewhere without much clutter, noise or people, remove your devices and clear your mind of pending tasks.
Go offline – stay away from the internet unless it is absolutely necessary and even then, try not to stray off to YouTube, Twitter or Facebook (Try a website block like StayFocusd – remove your worst enemy: you).
Break it down
If the plan is to become a millionaire by next week then you’re only deluding yourself.
Pro Tip: Celebrate the small tasks achieved as you progress toward your goal – remind yourself of how far you have come.
Keep the goal in mind
Work without meaning will seem pointless.
Spot the signs
How can you stop yourself procrastinating when you don’t even know when you’re doing it, here are some signs:
- If you can rank the things you are supposed to do right now but this is not even in the top 10
- Watching tv when you have 6 hours left to do that 2000 word essay.
- Taking a random quiz and not knowing how you got to this side of the internet?
When you are doing any of these things, know that you are just trying to avoid doing a task you consider difficult and replacing it with a much more pleasurable one.
Try ‘Temptation Bundling’
This strategy proposes that you bundle a behaviour that is good for you in the long-run with a behaviour that feels good in the short-run.
Have the attitude of a boss
Don’t let yourself be held back and have a life of regret to look back on. Remember that there is no one who can do this task the way that you can. It can compare to no other, and you are depriving the world of such awesomeness by not achieving it. You are a boss, go forth and do boss things.
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