Procrastination is one of the most common and dangerous phenomenon everybody is applying in their life.
Even if we know we need to do something right now, we procrastinate all the time, just because we don’t have a will to make the first step.
Having a task on the horizon can make us feel depressed, anxious, and nervous, so we procrastinate in order to feel good in the present, while we are stuck in our comfort zone.
We know the longer we put off a task, the more likely it will not get done at all. That happens because we are extremely bad at affective forecasting – prediction of our emotional state in the future. What we actually do is delaying our present action for tomorrow, or some other day (we hope it will be done in near future), but there are thousands of cases which show that it never happens. When we delay tasks which cannot be avoided, we usually wait till it’s too late, and then we panic and wish we got started earlier. It’s a very bad habit that pushes us away from all the good things in our lives, and instead of making progress we are making excuses.
I guess you are wandering what is the first step to force yourself stop procrastinating and take an action immediately?
It’s a piece of cake! Just focus your mind and get started!
The Power of Taking the First Step and Getting Started
I know what the majority of us will say: It is obvious that the first step is to get started, which is the same thing as doing the task! This is helpless and ridiculous!
In fact, getting started is quite different from doing the task. If used correctly, this strategy gives us strength to start from nothing and prepare ourselves for the upcoming activity.
Once we decide to start working on a task, our perceptions of it change completely. We realize all that stress and fear we felt was groundless – actually we find the task instructive, interesting, and fun, and we regret not starting earlier. Our perceptions of ourselves also change, because when we take an action, even if we don’t finish it, we’ve certainly improved our knowledge and awareness, and we’ve also gained self-confidence and positive altitude in doing more demanding tasks with deadlines.
While reading this article, give it a try. Just get started. Right away!
The 7-Step Plan that Will Help You Overcome Procrastination
Now, when you have realized that it’s time to stop procrastinating, you need to make a plan that will keep you proactive on a long term. Don’t waste your precious time on useless stuff, just focus on the right things, and prepare for the change that will come to you. We have prepared a 7-step plan that will help you to successfully overcome procrastination, and will ease this process of your permanent change. Follow this plan, even modify it to better suit your needs, and it will turn you into a responsible person ready to face new and more demanding challenges.
Change the Way You See Yourself
People usually accept things as they are, believing that everything is exactly as it should be. Their beliefs are based on their point of view, which doesn’t have to be correct every single time. What we want to say is that people are striving to prove they are right by taking actions due to their perception, and refusing to accept other people’s opinions. For example, if you see yourself as a procrastinator, you will actually act like a procrastinator. You will accept things as they are at the moment losing your will and strength to make the appropriate change. But one day when you realize that you are wrong, you will certainly want to prove that you can actually change the way you see yourself, and become better and proactive person who gets things done.
Make a Public Commitment to Complete Your Task
This is an effective way to keep your promises and never give up on anything. Tell all your friends, family and colleagues about some future tasks you want to finish. Whenever you see those people, they will ask you about your current status of those tasks. We are sure you will feel uncomfortable if you fail or don’t have a positive progress on that particular task you are working on for a while. That feeling will help you dedicate to your work, and make an effort to finish it on time in order to tell the others what they expect to hear from you.
Ask for Help from a Person Who Inspires You to Take an Action
It would be much easier to work on achieving your goals if you have someone to rely on, especially if that person has his/her own set of goals, or even better, if he/she has already achieved his/her goals. This way you will have much more fun, both of you will inspire and influence each other to work hard on completing your daily tasks, which will lead to achieving your final goals. Also, this is a good way to learn something new from each other.
Give Yourself a Reward
Sometimes people procrastinate when they have more important needs and desires, like freedom, relaxation, strong relationship, or something similar, but they feel as if there is not enough time to do everything they wish for. Some of those needs come to you spontaneously, so you don’t have to spend all your free time trying to satisfy them.
If you have a good plan and you stick to it, you will have plenty of time available for doing everything you want to. If it’s hard for you to take an action, try to motivate yourself with a reward when you finish the work you have delayed for a long time. You will fill better and in a mood to work more effectively and efficiently which could easily become your habit on a long term.
Stop Looking for a Perfection
Some people are really, really strenuous when doing something. They are always waiting for the perfect time, but that time actually never happens. If you keep waiting for your perfect time, you are never going to accomplish anything. Being perfectionist is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination, so forget about it immediately and adapt to the current conditions.
Break Your Final Goal into Little Steps
One reason why we procrastinate is because we find the goal too demanding for us. But that happens if we see the goal as a whole. If we break it down into little steps, and focus on one part at a time, it would be much easier to accomplish it step by step. Once we are done with one step, we move on to another, which will make us feel much closer to the finish. Additionally, that will motivate us to continue straight to our main goal.
Take It Easy and Just Do It
The last, and the most important thing to do in order to forget about procrastination is to be proactive, and take an action. Nothing is going to happen if you don’t start working on your goals. It’s not enough to make a plan and to know the steps above mentioned, you need to implement them in your life as soon as possible. Stop procrastinating and get things done!
Which of these tips do you find most helpful? If you have your own personal tip to overcome procrastination, feel free to share it with us.
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