Wednesday, December 17, 2014

5 WAYS TO STOP PROCRASTINATING

I'm a master of procrastination. I can have a long list of to-do's saved for my days off (I usually have 3 days off in a row) and I often get zero of them done. I might not even look at the list and instead find other unimportant things to do. I've gotten a bit better with it using scheduling, reminders, staying away from social media and keeping the list taped on my laptop screen, but there's still so much work to do in this area. Here are few useful tips to unstuck yourself and be productive.

1. Break your work into little steps. 

One reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find whatever we're suppose to get done too overwhelming. Best thing to do is to break it down into little parts and focus on one part at the time. If this still doesn't work, break it down even further. Soon the task will be so easy that you just got to do it right away. 

2. Create a detailed timeline with deadlines. 

 Break down your project into smaller steps and then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each of the small task.   Break down your goals into monthly, weekly and daily task lists (check out the amazing Passion Planner to help you). 

3. Change your environment. 

Different places can have very different impact on our productivity and creativity. Some people have hard time getting anything done when they're at home because of the distractions it offers. Set up your working space so it inspires you to think big. Or find a cute coffee shop where you can sit down for few hours without being bothered. Environment that made you feel inspired before, may lose its effect after a while. That means that it's time to find a new spot. You may also find that once you're done with one task, changing the environment to start a new task might be helpful. 
4. Find an accountability buddy. 

This makes things so much more fun, but you'll both will also hold each other accountable to your goals. Discuss weekly about your goals and progress. It will encourage you to keep taking action.

5. Hang out with people who inspire you. 

 Just by being around them you will start to get more creative, more imaginative and start to think on a bigger scale. By doing that translates into bigger decisions, bigger actions and bigger willingness to take risks. Identify the people who trigger you and hang out with them more often.

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