As the old adage goes, don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do TODAY!
I procrastinate. And I hesitate to admit it.
To be honest, guys, I read a few fashion articles, checked Instagram and emails, made a cup of tea and created a holiday playlist before I sat down to pen this article. Now, as I sit at my kitchen table and gaze around, I wonder if I should actually get up and start watering my plants. If I had a dog, I’d probably go walk it. But no, I’m going to focus — I’m going to finish this story! Wait, I should probably make a snack first…
Does this sound familiar to you, too? Please, just one person say yes? Procrastination is a time, energy, money, and motivation killer. And somehow it seems to strike at its worse when a) you least expect it and b) when time is of the essence. This new year, I am staring procrastination in its face. And I’m going to learn how to beat it, once and for all. Procrastination, no more! Here are some tips that might help you beat it, too.
Focus on one thing.
More often than not, we think about all of the things we have to do, which can be extremely overwhelming. Instead, pick just one task to focus on at a time. Let the others go for the moment until the chosen task is finished.
Now that you have narrowed down your focus to only one task, start immediately. That’s it — just go! Hone in on that momentum!
Set a goal and limit distractions.
Start with a set time of fifteen or thirty minutes (even five is a good start!), devoted to focused energy. Turn off your phone — or any other distraction — and mentally and physically lock into your task. Once you hit your set goal time, pat yourself on your back, take a small break, and…
Take a minute to stretch, have a snack, or check out your social accounts. Post-treat, start your timer again and get right back at it.
Still having trouble?…
Give yourself a break.
In a Forbes article written by Vanessa Loder, “research shows that the more you can forgive yourself for past procrastination, the more likely you are to overcome your current procrastination and take action. Practice self-compassion when thinking of your past experience procrastinating.”
Ponder what’s happening in your head.
Ask yourself why you think you are procrastinating on the task at hand. Realizing why you are putting it off can actually set you free.
Ask for help.
Tell a friend or your partner about the challenges you’re facing. Share your goal and ask for help in keeping you held accountable.
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