How to stop procrastinating is easier said than done. Now that said, let’s say how it’s done.
Planning and creating goals is the key.
- Make goals.
- Write them down.
- Place deadlines on your goals.
- Make sure that your goals are detailed.
- Read them out loud frequently. (at least once a day)
This is the basis how to stop procrastinating. I think that you already know all this, and for this reason I want to make things more simple.
Two ingenious ways how to stop procrastinating are:
Write your plans on Post-it notes. Stick them on annoying places. In places where you have to stare at them. Stick them on your iPad cover, doorways, TV-screen, wallet, the back of your cell, keyboard or in the middle of your window-screen. I have post-its on my computer screen. I know that I’ve been slacking when both sides of my screen are filled with post-its. Then it’s a sure thing that I’ll start reading these notes and start doing something about it. Make sure that your notes include detailed info about what will be done and when it will be done. Nothing is more annoying than a reminder of something that is urgent, but something that you can’t recall because of a messy note.
Once your task is done. Don’t just crinkle and shred your Post-it! No, no! Aah, here comes the great part. Enjoy this moment, take it all in. Read your goal. Say that you did it! Slowly but firmly cross your finished plans out with a pen. Then crinkle and shred your Post-it! We do this because this is the way to trick our brain to get all of the feel-good hormone benefits from our accomplished job. You deserve it! Remember to cherish even the smallest victories.
Tip: If you want to start a new, good habit, place 66 colorful Post-its on a doorway that you use often. Write on these post-its the habit you wish to carry out. Let’s say, “Do 100 sit-ups!”. Every time that you have accomplished your goal, in this case done 100 sit-ups, you can remove one post-it from your door frame. After 66 days or 6600 sit-ups you most likely have obtained a new, great habit! And what’s more important, a clean and clear passageway!
Just start. Nothing stops procrastination better than just starting to do things. OK, sounds stupid, but I’ll make my claims sound.
Make a commitment to do something for 5 minutes. Only 5 minutes! Heck, that’s easy! If you have a school paper that needs to be worked on and you’re not feeling it. Make a commitment to finish the very first chapter of it. Sacrifice just a few minutes of your time. More often than more often you find that you’re on a flow of things and that you have finished two school papers and wrote a blog post about how you’ve done it!
Tip: If you want to floss your teeth daily. Only floss one tooth! That’s easy, and it sounds stupid, but try it. 😉
How to stop procrastinating take-away
- Write down your goals with a definite deadline.
- Place them in clear sight as an annoyance. (Post-its)
- Just start! Commit into doing something for only a few minutes. See where this leads you.
- Once your task is done, Fist pump! Cherish your victory in every possible way possible.
- Floss your teeth! Stop procrastination!