Procrastination is one of those things that everyone deals with. We all have the tendency to postpone our urgent tasks in favor of watching Netflix or checking out the latest trend on Twitter. While our urgent tasks are more important, we can’t help, but to be drawn to distractions and it’s always not enough to just realize this and change. With a few fairly easy steps though, I think any person can begin to make a change in the right direction. The five steps are as follows:
1. Understand What Triggers Your Procrastination and Adapt
This aruably the most important step in the process. You have to understand what it is that triggers your procrastination and attempt to counteract that. It’s not always possible, but sometimes its also important to be aware that continual procrastination might mean that you need to make a career change or something of that nature. Aside from this, you need to ask questions such as, “Do I procrastinate more with a group or independently?” “Where do I work best?” “What are my biggest distractions?
2. Disconnect from the Internet
This step is simple and effective. Unplug the ethernet cable from your computer. Turn off your cell phone. Go out of Wifi range. It just works. Some people just don’t have the discipline to stay away from distractions and the Internet is a big one. When in doubt, just disconnect.
3. Work in Different Places
This may seem counter-intuitive, but the best place to work is rarely your home office or work office. A change of scenery is good and you may find that working in a different location will focus you more and boost your creativity. For example, I’m writing this post outside and will upload it when I’m back and done.
4. When You First Come Upon a Task Formulate a Game Plan
I think a lot of the time procrastination is a result of not having a course of action setup and a lot of the time this only takes a few minutes to do so do it up front. With that done, you may have eliminated the cause of your procrastination completely. Make a game plan and follow it.
5. Give Yourself Productive Things to Do When You do Procrastinate
This might seem counter-intuitive as well, but procrastination will happen regardless at times. It’s just best to give yourself productive things to do even if you’re not working on your most urgent task. For example, for me that’s writing post right now. By doing this, you give yourself all the time you need for your urgent task when you decide to stop procrastinating.
… and that’s it.