Procrastination Cure In Ten Easy Steps
Find out why you procrastinate. Use this foolproof plan to succeed in meeting your goals regularly.
You want to accomplish all you can, don't you? What interferes with your worthwhile intentions? Do you call the hurdles which slow your progress procrastination? Let's analyze the nature of stumbling blocks to your reaching your finish line.
Think of working on a particular project. Is the idea fun, worthwhile or is the task something you ought to do? When you say, "I should to get started on this project today," do you hear a flaw in that statement? "Should's" inflict a vampire's bite on a project, because they carry an implication of "I don't want to." You may find that you dig in your heels instead of skipping through the task. Notice that what you do out of joy, you continue working on past dark.
Another possible reason for stalling is that so many problems and projects you want to accomplish fly at you through the day, that you bury yourself under an impossible mountain of tasks.
You might also find you're not completing a job because you need information from someone with expertise in that area. For example, you may put off dealing with a neighbor who’s playing loud music, or put off dealing with a court summons because you don't know exactly how to manage respectfully and effectively.
Here is a program designed to increase your confidence that you’re not a procrastinator, so you can watch yourself accomplish your goals.
1. Select your current, medium and long-range goals. Don't pile on too many tasks to finish at the same time. Prioritize, so you can focus on the top few jobs. Prioritizing simplifies decision making and limits confusion and fatigue. Remember, most tasks take longer than you expect, so be realistic when you consider a timeline.
2. Develop a reasonable plan. Knowing yourself, think how much you can realistically expect yourself to accomplish in a day and still have time to relax. For example, if you're producing a report, a jumper or a potato salad, you might wish to complete the job before lunch, but is this an impossible expectation, given telephone calls and other interruptions?
3. This is the most important step for peace of mind, blood pressure that doesn't bubble and self approval: When you figure out how much you can realistically be certain to complete, cut your expectations in half. Set half of what you're sure to accomplish as your goal. You are free to exceed your goal. This principle invites you to excel all the time.
4. Frame your goals so they are pleasurable. Dentists fill teeth over and over; mechanics drain oil. Much work even on professional levels is repetitive. Re-focus to find something interesting in what you’re doing. Change tasks. Get up, walk around the block and breathe freely to keep your perspective fresh. If one person thinks he's going to do a job if it kills him, and another thinks he can take a break after he finishes a section, who will have energy left at the end of the day?
5. When you succeed at your plan, acknowledge yourself for being a person who accomplishes what you set out to do. There isn't enough acknowledgment floating around, so provide your own.
6. Be willing to make adjustments in your plan, as you gather data about how you work and what a particular task requires. For example, find out when you are most alert. Some tasks require your highest level of attention. You can do other jobs, like putting things where they belong, when you’re not at your peak.
7. The Japanese have a concept called kaizen which means continual small improvement. Kaizen is a rewarding alternative to attempting enormous change, which isn't always possible.
8. When you're ready to increase the amount you're doing, repeat the steps at the beginning of this plan. Figure out a realistic increase. Then cut your goal in half. When you meet your goal, fine. When you exceed your goal, that's fine too. If you don't meet your goal, consider whether you have the skills for the job or need input and reevaluate steps one and three.
9. You can help yourself by a reward system, like the gold stars you might have earned in grade school. Make a list or put up a chart with your goal (which is half of what you're sure you can finish) and mark off each step you complete.
10. Don't forget to eat, exercise, go to the toilet, sleep and enjoy yourself. Taking care of your body and peace of mind makes continuing to succeed at your goals possible.