Tick tock. Tick tock. You know procrastinating isn’t doing the situation any good. Yet, you continue to do it. Understandable. Who likes doing something that you don’t enjoy? Yet, the deed needs to get done so let’s look at ways to beat procrastination.
Change your mentality
Look at the benefits of accomplishing the task. Be honest. Be practical. Once you’re done with the job, it’s over. You can go on with your life.
Break it down to smaller tasks
Completing each step of the process can actually be encouraging since you’re accomplish something making the whole issue seem less insurmountable. You may find that the project takes less time to complete than expected. Planning your steps decreases the time used to make corrections because less mistakes are made with a thought out plan. Also, you spend less time trying to figure out what to do for the next step.
Change your environment
Create a space that lacks distraction but promotes a calm but productive environment. What this environment might be is up to the individual. Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, author of Better Than Perfect, has a helpful tip. She encourages “So try this: During your scheduled block of time for working on a particular task, close your email and IM, turn off your phone (or at least set it on “Do Not Disturb” and put it out of sight), and don’t let yourself get on the web until you have completed the task, or hold off any necessary internet searches until the end.”
Look at the consequences of not completing the goals in short and long terms
Short term negative: It’s not a good feeling to underperform or failing to complete a goal when you’re quite capable. It can induce thoughts that you’re a failure creating this emotional and mental downward spiral, be it in a big or a small way.
Long term negative: The pattern of unproductive behavior continues along with experiences the consequences of it.
Treating yourself reinforces positive behavior. Knowing there is something that brings happiness is waiting for you at the end of a finish line encourages you to finish and run faster. For example, working out all week so you can eat your favorite food without guilt. Besides, breaking a habit is hard so treat yourself. You deserve it!