5 Tips to Stop Procrastinating
I think you know this feeling when you suffer the pangs of conscience but still do nothing, and only a deadline can make it work. Well, an approaching due date may be the most efficient motivation for some people; however, it doesn’t always work out. To be honest, I have also been a procrastinator, but, at some point, I got tired of working in such extreme conditions followed by anxiety and frustration. So, I started reading widely on the topic, until I realized I was spending my whole time trying to find out how to stop procrastinating instead of doing my job. That’s why stop reading this article and get back to work! Well, if you can’t, check out these ideas that might help you fight procrastination.
Tips on how to get the ball rolling:
- Face the challenge. Sometimes, motivation doesn’t work. It means you have to pluck up the courage and just do it! Usually, it is the thing that requires a lot of effort. It is hard, but completing the most difficult task first thing in the morning will give you a reason to be proud of yourself and motivated for further achievements.
- Stay focused. Whenever I was working on something that required concentration, I felt this unbearable urge to check the news feed on Facebook or something of the kind. It took a lot of strength to learn to work avoiding distractions and keep my mind from wandering. For a start, turning your smartphone off will do the trick.
- Mind the time. If you are used to working only when there’s a deadline, try using a timer. Divide your assignments into small parts, think of the amount of time you can devote to completing each of them, and stick to your schedule. Knowing that there’s a time limit might stimulate your brain to work more efficiently.
- Accept your imperfection. One of the most popular reasons why people postpone taking actions and making decisions is their fear of failure. Why bother writing your thesis if you won’t get an A anyway? Why should one prepare for an interview if there’s no chance to get a job? See, this is a kind of thinking that prevents you from fulfilling your dreams. Remember, sometimes inaction is more embarrassing than taking the wrong action.
- Look ahead. Think big! If you don’t feel like doing something, just think how important it is for your future. For instance, you need to build a resume, but for some reason, you’ve been putting it off. Just imagine the cool job and all of the benefits it can bring into your life, but you need to make the first step in order to succeed. And that step is writing a CV. Works, doesn’t it?