And at one time or another, all of us have procrastinated when we knew that we really should’ve been getting a task done. It’s only natural, but making a habit of procrastination (or even letting it creep into daily life) can easily hinder creativity and keep you from unlocking your secret.
Here are my 5 favorite ways to defeat procrastination forever…
Even before overcoming procrastination, you must first admit to yourself that you’re committing a crime against yourself when you’re doing it. Once you can do that, you’re ready to start facing procrastination head on, starting with this:
1. Use an old-fashioned list
A to-do list might seem a bit outdated, but it’s the best way to keep track of what you need to do—daily, weekly, monthly, and beyond—and it’s most effective when you draw a little box next to each item on the list.
When you complete a task, mark it off by checking the box.
This is exactly how I now keep track of everything I need to do, and it’s easily helped me procrastinate dramatically less. Plus, it’s very satisfying to check off a box, especially for longer-term to-dos.
2. Break down bigger goals/assignments
If you have to do something that will require either a lot of time or a lot of work, break it down into several parts.
Doing so will help you focus on tackling each individual part and you won’t get overwhelmed, which often causes procrastination because you don’t know where to start.
3. Schedule as much as possible
When you can, schedule all of your to-dos into time slots that you hold yourself to. This will keep you completely organized so you don’t have a chance to start wondering what to do next, looking at the mountain of things on your list, and then saying, “I’ll never finish so why start?”
Efficiency kills procrastination.
4. Move around a few times a day
Everyday brings its own ups and downs, even for your energy level. Anytime you start to feel yourself slumping a bit, get up and move. Go for a walk, do some pushups, go jogging, etc.
Getting your blood pumping will help your energy level rise and fuel your creativity at the same time.
5. Take breaks from email
Constantly looking at and going through your email inbox can quickly steal away hours from your day. Try to setup times to check your email, and then leave it alone outside of those times.
And take breaks in general. Working throughout the day will easily start to take its toll and kill your drive. Although it sounds counterintuitive, taking a few breaks to relax, stretch, play a game on your phone, etc. will help you stay fresh in the long run.
If you can put these 5 things into practice and turn them into habits, you could defeat procrastination forever.