When I was a student in London I remember exam time – it was the time when the house looked better than normal because washing up was so much more exciting than getting down to work! And many chocolate biscuits with tea were consumed.
It happens to all of us – that feeling of procrastination. Putting off, postponing or delaying something we know we should do but can’t seem to find the motivation to do. What about you? What are some things you avoid?
When we procrastinate it actually activates the pain centre of our brain – that it why it is so tough to overcome! But we need to overcome to get things done so we can achieve more.
So how do we do this? Here are some tips to overcoming procrastination:
Think through what you are good at and where your weaknesses are. Know your own strengths and weaknesses. Then use this to help you get focused. For example, if you are someone who loves being visual, don’t try and work just by reading, use a big white board or piece of paper and scribble away. You will have more fun, be more productive and be more motivated.
Make sure your working time is focused. So deliberately put away any distractions for a time. This could mean turning your phone onto airplane mode or putting on headphones to signal to friends that you don’t want to be disturbed. Think about what
3. Focus on Process not Product.
We can feel overwhelmed at the thought of all that we have to do – the end product. It can feel too much and so we just give up and find something less overwhelming to do. But just like climbing a tall mountain, we need to take the first step. When it comes to our tasks, focus on the process, the next little step rather than the mountain, the product.
If you are suffering from the problem of pesky procrastination apply these 3 steps intentionally and just start. You will soon see procrastination melt away and you will be able to get things done. Let me know how you get on.