If you are a procrastinator, chances are you make more stress in your life than you need to. Now is the time to take action to make some positive changes in your life. As you do so, the results are going to motivate you to stick with it.
Start The Day Right
You can’t accomplish your goals for the day if it doesn’t get off to the right start. Make sure you get plenty of rest the night before so you aren’t tired and cranky when you get up. Before you get out of bed, visualize what you are going to get done. A positive mindset is very important. Make sure you eat a breakfast that offers your body protein and other nutrients it needs. Your mind can’t function like it should without proper nutrition either.
Plan of Action
It isn’t enough just to say you are going to stop procrastinating. Instead, you need a powerful plan of action to go with it. Write down what you are going to accomplish and give it a deadline. For larger tasks, break it down into steps and assign a deadline for each step along the way. Make sure your plan of action is realistic too. If you state you will get too much done in a given period of time, you are setting yourself up to fail.
To make sure you don’t slip back into old habits, you need to identify your triggers. What is it that makes you put things off? Be honest with these triggers so you can find better ways to defeat them. For example, if incoming calls while you work on something is a distraction; consider turning your phone off while you work.
Hardest Tasks First
One of the issues with procrastination is that you have a hard task or two that you keep putting off. Make a positive change by doing the hardest thing first. This will help you to feel great at the end of the day. You can focus on it while you are still fresh and have plenty of energy. Then move down your list to other tasks later in the day that aren’t as tough on you physically or mentally.
Have The Tools You Need
Make sure you have the tools that you need so that you can get the job done successfully. Part of your procrastination may be that you don’t have something you need such as equipment, a software program, or even the right information to get it done. Take some time to get what you need so that it is ready to go. Removing those roadblocks is essential if you are serious about ending procrastination.
To help you stay focused and motivated, offer yourself some type of reward IF you get the task done on time and as it should be done. The reward should be fitting of the situation and it should be something you really want. As you do this more and more, you will find that your habits change and procrastination is a thing of the past.