May 20, 2010
Beat Procrastination For Once and All
Procrastination ProtectionSo how do you get the better of procrastination and conquer any job in your path?
- Just Do It: Yeah it’s cliché and seems over simplified, but it’s the truth. Sometimes you just have to power through your angst and anxiety. Don’t mess with planning, formatting, styling or any other fluff activity — just dive in and start. Set a timer for ten minutes and work through it. If the job is still making your stomach turn after the time is up, take a break and do something else. Chances are though you will see that the job isn’t all that bad.
- Do It First: If a task is causing the procrastination boogeyman to creep into your head then tackle it first…and that means FIRST! Don’t crack open email, check your Facebook account or anything else you do to burn through time. Do it first, or even part of it first, and you will feel productive and better about yourself all day long.
- Forget Perfection: You’re not perfect and either is this project. Just start on it and work about coming back later on to fix the mistakes. Get through the first round of the project and you’ll shake the procrastination monster.
- Eliminate Distractions: Despite what you have trained yourself to think, human beings are not multi-taskers. Our brains are only capable of focusing well on one thing at a time. If we try and spread that focus around it takes our brains time to reset and get back into focus. Turn off email, the TV, radio, Twitter or whatever else modern technology has created for you to waste your time and not work. Don’t even pick up your phone; the world will still turn I promise.