If you need help with procrastination, then you’ve probably already noticed that trying to do it totally on your own doesn’t work.
There are many good pieces of advice that can help you in defeating procrastination – but all of them will be futile if you don’t address an underlying issue first: the mental strategies that sabotage your efforts to get things done. That is where hypnosis comes in handy. Because it allows you to alter these mental strategies in a productive way, so that rather than hindering you from getting started, they motivate you. But let’s look at this later on, and check out some general tips to help you stopping procrastination.
Writing down what needs to get done is one of the most important things. That does not mean you have to become obsessively organized – even rather “chaotic” people will benefit from writing down tasks they want to accomplish. Take for example the self-made billionaire Richard Branson. He surely is not someone that is obsessively organized or anal about things – but he repeatedly stated that his notebooks where the most important “business tools” that helped him to achieve what he has achieved in his life so far.
Just get the things that you need to do out of your head and write them down, so that you can see them. You can write it down on paper, on post-it notes, in a notebook, on a whiteboard or your computer, but stick to one system, rather than being all over the place.
First things first. Pay the most attention to what is the most important. It’s easy to get lost in all kinds of insignificant stuff. Ask yourself what matters to get done at the end of this month. What would make a difference? And than think of the steps you need to take. These should be your highest priorities.
Let Distractions Float Past
Leo Babauta, author of ___ has shared what he calls the single best procrastination tip ever in a recent article over at ZenHabits. It’s pretty much productivity meets Vipassana meditation, but better read the article yourself.
And you might also want to check out this funny + brilliant comic about procrstinators.
Get Over It
Sometimes we are too afraid to start acting. Maybe we are afraid of looking like a fool. Maybe we are afraid of failing. Maybe we are afraid of success. (You’d be surprised how often the latter is the case – because success forces us to face new challenges, set new goals, grow to new standards, and that can be a frightening prospect).
Don’t get hung up in whatever it is that is holding you back. You can walk around it. You jump over it, or climb underneath it. You can walk right through it. You can break it down. But don’t let it hold you back.
Sometimes we tend to totally overthink things and get struck by what’s called “analysis paralysis”. We try to come up with the best way to do something, because we want to get it right from the start. Optimizing a workflow is a good idea in general, but if you have a procrastination problem, you need to get over it and just start acting – even if it means that you’ll make mistakes or sometimes work ineffectively. You will figure things out as you go along the way, but it’s important that you make those first steps aready.
“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.” Spanish Proverb