If you’re looking for tips on how to stop procrastinating or some help or advice on how to beat Your procrastination then read on.
Things to consider on how to beat procrastination
Feeling Overwhelmed? Take A Walk!
When procrastination occurs when you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider taking a step away for 5 or 10 mins. Perhaps take a walk and do something different. Yes, I know, this may in itself feel like procrastinating but set yourself very firm boundaries. Sometimes taking a breather can help when you’re feeling overwhelmed by helping you get a different perspective.
I often feel like I’m getting nowhere by staring into a computer screen and get frustrated. At times like these, I step away and go make a cup of tea. The process of making a cup of tea takes my mind off what I’m doing for a moment which helps me think of ways to go about the task when I get back to my computer.
Most of the time, when you return you may feel in a more positive mood to be able to tackle the issue. This leads to the next point.
Set Good Foundations To Working On The Task.
Set the intention to actually start the task you’re delaying. Perhaps put some music on that is helpful to work with. There are many study songs on YouTube to help with concentration, positivity to help you work. Again listening to music may seem like another distraction that can only serve to increase procrastination but give it a try.
Walk The Walk
Actually start to do the task. Even if its only for 5 or 10 minutes. As you’ve set the intention and put in place things to help you get going, when you actually start working towards completing the task it begins to become smaller and more manageable. Once this happens you’ll be able to get into a rhythm of working.
Distractions = Delay?
Switch off any other distractions such as your TV, facebook, tablets and if possible your phone if you want to help banish your procrastination issues.
Anything essentially that can potentially disrupt or distract you from your flow. This includes those cute little cat videos we all love.
It’s All In The Timing….
Set a good time to work, or begin the task. Unless you’re a night owl it might not be best to start something at night time as you may get tired and then will become unfocussed. This may result in you giving up (procrastinating again) and going to sleep.
If you are focussed you may only be able to get through a small amount before having to stop for the night. Although this means you’ve lost that rhythm and flow you will have at least made a start and begun to make the task smaller as per point #3
Ideally though choose a time when to work when you’re at your optimum level of focus and attention to give yourself a good chance to beat procrastination before it can take over.
Record Your Progress
When you’re working through the task or anything else you’re doing, keep a record of what you’ve done. This shows to you that you’re getting through things.
It’s easy sometimes to forget all the things you’ve achieved sometimes.
In addition, writing things down can help give you inspiration to do other things with the task you’re working on that you might not have considered.
- You may believe you can’t actually do the task at hand. Rather than try or perhaps as for assistance you take the procrastination route and choose to not to the task at all or…
- You may choose to do a task that is far easier to do leaving the harder task for another time. The problem with this is that you may again choose to procrastinate or defer doing that task again when the easier task has been completed.
- The task may appear to be boring, or a chore, or not particularly pleasant and you don’t feel like doing that task
- There is always something better to do, like watching your favourite TV programme or another activity.
- You believe you have plenty of time to handle or tackle the outstanding task at hand. For example delaying writing that essay (if you’re a student) until the night before.
- Laziness. I’m guilty of this sometimes. There are days when you just can’t be bothered to do it. This particular example can be a mix of 1,2 or 3 things above. For example you may leave the unwashed dishes in the sink as it’s a chore, and you have other things on the list which are just as stressful but you’ll get to that after you’ve done something else.