They say *"procrastination is the thief of time"*, and we know that our time might just be the most precious resource we have in our life (you can't get that shit back!). So when you procrastinate you are literally wasting your life. Procrastination is a habit however and all habits can be removed given the right tools. So here are 5 tips that you can use to remove procrastination from your life.
1. Motivate yourself to start for 5 minutes
Often when we procrastinate it is just because of the initial inertia of starting. Our brain having created negative associations with the task will do anything to stop us from starting. The brain loves to take the path of least resistance, so you need to trick it by convincing yourself to start for 5 minutes. Once started it is much easier to keep going, this tip will fix 50% of peoples issues with procrastination.
2. Chunk it down
We often make the task huge and daunting in our minds. Chunk that shit down, make it small and manageable. The smaller the task is the more manageable it is for the brain. Small tasks are easy for us to comply with.
•If you need to write a report, start by working on just the introduction
•If you need to do your math homework, just focus on doing the first question
•If you are editing a youtube video, just focus on recording the audio first
Small is manageable, and what's manageable gets done.
3. Check your thoughts
Change your thoughts from thinking about the negatives of the task to the positives of the consequences of its completion. We often procrastinate because of the mental dialogue in our heads "I don't wanna", "this shits so boring". Change your thoughts to focusing on the potential results of your success. Focus on the upside which might be
•Getting one step closer to your goals
•Possible job promotion if you do it right
•Youtube video could go viral
•High Distinction for doing all your work
Your thoughts are often what impede action, change them to propel your action.
4. Change your environment
Make everything you need for you to do the work available for you. If you need to do some work get you laptop on the desk and clear the room from distractions. If you need to read a book get it within eye shot.
If you need to go for a run, have the running shoes next to your bed. Make it stupidly easy for you to do the work by changing your environment.
5. Reward yourself
Have a reward for yourself that you will give to yourself only after completing the task. Human beings are influenced by incentives. What are yours? This will keep you motivated whilst doing the work to complete it.
Anyway guys if you use these five tips I doubt that you will have procrastination as a habit.