Are you feeling like you need to get moving, but you find your self procrastinating and unable to get off the couch? We all have been there. Here are five tips I use when I find myself in the procrastination mode:
I visualize what I want to accomplish in my mind and how happy I am going to be when I accomplish this task. I imagine myself looking at my assignment page on Yahoo! Contributor Content and seeing it empty. I imagine how proud I will feel accomplishing this and how much extra income, stopping procrastination, will bring to me. What I am doing is, psyching my mind up to the benefits of doing what I don’t feel like doing. I am practicing the art of being a self starter. Unless you master this skill, you will have problems getting all that you deserve out of life.
Next, I clear my surroundings of any distractions. The cell phone is shut off. The T.V and music is off. The doors to the house are locked and if someone knocks on one, I don’t answer. The dogs are put outside or put in another part of the house. I find that as I get this movement going, I am actually getting motivated.
Third, I get my tools to complete my task together and make sure they all are working properly. This way, I don’t have to stop and fix that roller brush in the middle of painting or sharpen that pencil in the middle of bill paying.
I am now off the couch, my mind is ready, my supplies are handy and working, so now I need to give myself enough time and energy to complete the task. I am not going to start painting a bedroom at 3:00 p.m., when I know my daughter will be home from school soon. That will stop the momentum I have started. I will make sure I allow my self time to complete the task in one shot. If it is a huge task, then I will break it down into measurable
amounts of time. The key is to get the movement going and not have the thought process or energy break. As you get moving, the energy will flow and you will start to see results. Do the least pleasant tasks first, when you have the most energy. Try not to over burden your self with too many tasks in one day. It is better to focus on doing it right the first time as having to do, do-overs is frustrating and burns needed energy.
Last but not least, if the above things don’t get me to stop procrastinating, I phone a friend. He is my partner in crime and he can usually motivate me to do the things I hate to do. He has also walked me through difficult projects. Getting help on occasion is good, but you need to develop self reliance and only use your friend for the really menacing things,(i.e. seeing the doctor, planning a yard sale, going to an ex -boy friend’s wedding, etc.) The key thing is movement. Movement causes energy. Energy stops procrastination. Stopping procrastination promotes self pride. Self pride gets you motivated. Motivation creates movement and the cycle repeats itself.
If after doing all the above tips you find your self not wanting to do something you need to do, analyze why. Is it your survival mechanism kicking in? Maybe, you shouldn’t be motivated to go to the former, boy friend’s wedding. Perhaps, you don’t want to paint that room because you really like the color. Is it your mother who wants you to paint it because she is a control freak and likes to have things her way? This is the time you need to be honest with your self and figure out why you are procrastinating in the first place. Are you being a bit lazy or is there a legitimate reason you shouldn’t be doing the action in the first place? This is when that old saying,”To thine own self be true,” kicks in. Our minds have a way of protecting us, even when we don’t realize that is what is going on. Sometimes, procrastination is actually a good thing as it slows us down to think. It is when we become inert, couch potato people that procrastination needs to stop!
My own experience with procrastination.