1. Make Bite Sized Chunks
The biggest reason we procrastinate is that the task is too large or it is new to us and it seems overwhelming. One big task seems a mammoth to tackle, so a simple solution to make it easier on the mind is to break it down into bite sized chunks.
IF you have one big task which will take 3 hours it may seem like a chore to start, but break that project up into 6 30 minute bite sized chunks and before you know it you can do two of the 6 chunks and you are on a roll. Once you get started and make some progress then it has a feel good factor and a psychological effect of making you want to do more.
Suddenly this big mammoth task seems much more reasonable and very manageable. The trick is to simply concentrate on one chunk at a time, get it done and then move on to the next.
2. Plan It Out
Planning is another one of the real, genuine keys to success. Just like the mammoth task is hard to start, a task without a plan can be overwhelming too.
You first need to look at the task and create a breakdown. Second you need to create a detailed timeline with quite specific deadlines. This will map out exactly what needs to be done and when, in order to complete the task. Again, it becomes more manageable and you know exactly what to do and when.
Creating a plan and a timeline creates the urgency to act – when you know you have to do a task before this afternoon it puts pressure on you to act. Planning eliminates procrastination by stimulating action.
3. Make Yourself Accountable
Tell other people about your goals and your plans. This makes you more accountable outside of your own desires. This helps inspire you to work, and makes you want to live up to other people’s expectations.
When you know that other people know about your plans you don’t want to let them down or be seen to give up in their eyes. It is easy to procrastinate or ignore a task when you only have yourself to report to, but when other people are involved it adds extra pressure, a different element and motivates you to take action.This is where a life coach can come in handy. A life coach helps you plan out your goals, make bite sized pieces out of them, create a timeline and then help you be accountable. If you are interested in having a life coach fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you.
You can also possibly add extra power here by starting a competition with your friend or accountability partner. Challenge them to pursue a goal too, and race either other to completion, or simply hold each other accountable. This changes the task too – it’s not just a boring task you have to complete, it is more fun, a shared experiment and some friendly healthy competition to spur you on.
4. Change your Environment
Just a simple change of work space can help you to increase your productivity. When you work from the same place over and over bad habits can creep up on you. Laziness and procrastination are just a few of them. If you just mix it up a little bit it can really stimulate your mind and help you to just do what you are meant to be doing without procrastinating.
Try working from a cafe if you never have before. Just go there with the mindset that for just one hour you are going to keep your head down and work on your tasks. A new setting like this really can do wonders to blow away the last vestiges of procrastination.
5. Get a Good Start
Something really simple you can do to make sure you make progress is to simply start. Sit down at your desk and write something, even if it’s just the introduction. If it is a report you need to do then just write the opening paragraph. If it is the ironing you have to do then just setup the ironing board and iron 1 shirt. Before you know it you’ll have the whole pile done.
Simply getting started helps your mindset, it stops you from thinking negatively and just gets you into a productive state of mind before you have chance to hesitate.