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10 Ways To Kick The Procrastination Habit

Updated: May 22, 2021


Presented by MD Ahmed's www.Fuel4Success.com

A survey (by the University of Chicago) suggested that the people who relish challenges are more likely to live up to 10 years longer than those who spend their lives inhibited by timidity.


Trying to realize our ambitions, even if we don't always meet them, is preferable to not having the courage or motivation to take the risk. So not making any resolutions because we fear that we'll break them is having a defeatist attitude. We allow procrastination to become an insidious habit that stops us from leading more fulfilling lives.


1. Personal values development.


Take the time to find out what you really want in life, what your personal values are. Do you want more time, more money, better health, greater self-esteem and confidence, more fulfilling relationships, a different career, set up a business? We procrastinate because what we plan to do is not aligned with what we truly want. We may be scared of our skills (or perceived lack of) or fear ridicule from others.


2. Make health and high energy levels a priority.

Without good health, we are less likely to have the energy and dynamism needed to make positive changes in our lives, and it's easier (and necessary if you're very ill) to procrastinate. So ensure that you have a nourishing diet, sleep well, exercise, and meditate. Incidentally, regular meditation helps in delaying the worst effects of the aging process.


3. Visualise your life without procrastination.

See and feel the benefits in your life if you didn't procrastinate. What could you do and achieve? First, begin to act as if you're not a procrastinator. Write down, draw, imagine your life as a film. Use affirmations to help you.


4. Banish the Gremlin.

That little voice that runs on auto in your head - that dismisses any idea you might have. It says things like "I'm not in the mood," "I don't have time," "I can't do this." Stop running on auto, replace the "should's," "oughts," "have to's" with "want to" "desire." You have a choice. Acknowledge your options and banish the Gremlin. Again, using affirmations can help you replace the Gremlin with more positive alternatives.



5. Over-commitment.

Saying "yes" to everything - often leaves you feeling tired and without the energy to focus on what is most important to you. In addition, saying "yes" leads to procrastination as projects and tasks are dropped.

Instead, identify what is most important to you and only focus on those areas which will make the most significant difference to your life. It will enhance your focus and motivation.


6. Set personal and professional goals.

It's hard to motivate yourself when you don't have a good idea of what you want to accomplish. So when setting goals, think about what you want to achieve in the short term and long term. Techniques for doing so include the SMART strategy. S = specific M = measurable A= Action R = Realistic T = Time based. Use goal setting software to help you in goal planning and setting. Refer to the article on goals for more information.


7. Prioritize Your Goals.

Develop a plan or schedule to help you reach your goals. In doing so, you will begin to identify whether some elements need to be included or enhanced, or dropped altogether. Also, remember to be flexible, revisit your goals regularly and modify or drop if appropriate. In addition, Just because you wrote down a goal doesn't mean that it is set in stone!


8. Divide and conquer.

Once you've prioritized your goals, divide them into smaller chunks. Sometimes we procrastinate because a project seems large, that the scale overwhelms us and puts us into a temporary form of paralysis - you don't know where to start, so you don't start at all! So instead, approach each project - especially large ones - on a step-by-step basis.


9. Reward yourself.

Once you start to complete tasks, reward yourself by giving yourself something that you want. So instead of seeing a film before you complete a task, see it afterward and make it a reward for you.


10. Just get started.

No excuses. Don't wait until you're "in the mood." The mood never comes! It is a clever camouflage and a delaying tactic. What you resist persists! Start with what is easiest to experience immediate success, which will give you the fuel and motivation to upgrade and take on larger projects.


Do any of the above, and you'll be well on your way to Kicking the Procrastination Habit. And if you're procrastinating on doing any of the above :), then remember, life is the biggest deadline of all!

 

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