3 Ways To Combat Procrastination
Looking to get an idea off the ground but you are constantly swamped with social media notifications, or don't have enough time in the day? Don't worry, help is on hand!
So... you're probably reading this article because you want to get something done or need a little kick up the backside!
Well, don't worry, I am not going to lecture you about getting your act together, but I am going to explore 3 simple tricks that have helped me combat procrastination, or more commonly known as, LAZINESS!
Actually, I might finish the rest of this post tomorrow...
1. The Early Bird Catches The Worm
So the old saying that the early bird catches the worm is actually true. Others have coined the phase "Eat That Frog", which means get your toughest tasks done first thing in the morning when you have the most willpower.
Research suggests that we have a LIMITED amount of willpower and if you leave things to the last minute, chances are your willpower tank might be empty.
So, if you want to learn a new sleight or trick, practise for around half an hour every morning when your brain is engaged.
Small steps like this slowly add up over time.
Also, if you have a larger task to do like write an important letter, email or have a difficult conversation, do it FIRST thing and you will be able to chill your beans come mid-afternoon, rather than have that task play on your mind all day.
2. Switch Off To Switch On
10 years ago launched the advent of smartphones, which were meant to help get things done quicker and more efficiently. However, they can also be your nemeses and hindrance from being productive.
As Dylan Fernandes states in his blog post:
"We find ourselves in an interconnected world fuelled by the Internet of Things".
We can call, chat, research, watch whatever we want, whenever we want. GONE are the days of plodding down to the library to research for your history exam, or save your pennies to call your family abroad from the payphone down the street.
We live in a world of instant gratification and in order to get productive, we actually need to detach ourselves from technology, well for a period of time anyway.
As I write this post, my phone is currently on airplane mode, otherwise the temptation of looking to see what new messages I have received, who has liked my Facebook picture, what new you tube videos are available is all too ENTICING.
It is that instant delivery of dopamine that creates this cycle of constant bewilderment and social media servitude.
The Telegraph reported in August 2018 that:
"People are on average online for 24 hours a week, twice as long as 10 years ago, with one in five of all adults spending as much as 40 hours a week on the web".
With all this time dedicated to social media, no wonder procrastination has elevated to new heights. If you want my advice, stick your phone on airplane mode or leave it in another room to prevent distraction whilst you complete that task.
3. Smash It Up
Okay, don't actually go around smashing things up.
I mean break the task into smaller pieces so that it is easier to digest and you feel more accomplished, rather than daunted. If you have a larger project like writing a book, or making a video, you could write a page at a time, which then become chapters and finally the book.
This approach will make the task in hand less intimidating and inevitably be of GREATER quality, rather than simply rushing through the task and doing it halfheartedly.
I hope these 3 simple steps help you achieve more in life than aimlessly scrolling through your Facebook feed for hours... but if you do, make sure to read my posts!
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