6 Smart Tips to Successfully Fight Procrastination
- You are a latecomer – This makes you the king of procastinators, think at the reasons why you are always late: You start picking your clothes too late, you say I’ll style my hair later, “I have to let my nail varnish dry first”. Or simply there are many things that you were supposed to do (like householding) that piles up and you have to do everything at the very last minute.
- You are untidy – You think that “I’m tired, I’ll hang my clothes tomorrow”, “I’ll tide up later”, “Why make my bed if I have to sleep in it tonight?”. Then, you never do it, and things pile up. Yes, like the dishes in your sink right now.
- You are a smoker, a drinker or a drug addict – You think that you’re eventually going to quit those things, that you will when you’ll want to, that you can, but you don’t do it.
- You think you can do better than that – You think you can do better than how you’re doing, that tomorrow you will organize yourself, get more creative, work harder. You think that someday someone will notice your abilities, that you’re different from the others. Well it won’t happen, because you’re not doing your best NOW.
- You are your life’s main character, so act in a suitable way: enough said. If you don’t bring the change in your life, no walk-on actor will do it for you. You are the star, you have to make the whole show go on.
- Do now everything that you can do now: start from the little things, such as washing the dishes as soon as you’ve finished your meal, or to make your bed as soon as you get off. Don’t push “post-pone” on your alarm clock.
- Wake up early in the morning: this is in your human nature, your body lives with daylight, so take advantage of it now. You will immediately see the benefits in terms of increased production and general health.
- Go out: don’t stay locked up in your house waiting for inspiration. The four walls of your room are the most “reality twisting” thing I’m aware of, if you don’t get out now, you’ll lose contact with the world outside. This is true for your office,too: it doesn’t count if you go out to get to work every day, find some spare time to simply go out and have fun, or just take a walk.
- Build a project: one that is easy for you to keep up with. For me, this blog is working. It helps me doing things I used to unconsciously avoid, like diy projects, that I was procrastinating for almost 6 years now.
- Find a companion in the war: find a friend who wants to defeat procrastination, and help each other out. Finding a friend that is not a procrastinator will work too, because he/she will be the good example to follow. Both things worked for me, but the first to help me waking up was the “not procrastinator”. He helped me out simply being there, telling me about his projects, and looking at him doing all the things he had always been doing. I’ll make use of this post to say hi and spread some of his work: here at Dazed&Confused; Digital.
Are you a procrastinator? Have you defeated procrastination? Do you know how to fight procrastination? Tell us about it in the comments below!
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