Step 1: Stop falling for distractions
That includes your phone, social media, etc.
Step 2: Learn how to write To-Do lists
Having a solid idea of what and when things need to be accomplished before you even start is so helpful for not procrastinating.
It’s easy to convince yourself that things can be dealt with later. But if you have it written on a list that HAS to be dealt with that day/week/month etc. then you are way less likely to push it off.
To-do lists sound really basic but there are tips andp tricks you can take for writing efficient to do lists that help you avoid procrastinating and stay on top of deadlines.
Step 3: Stop multi-tasking
Multitasking can seem like a great way to get more done but don’t fall for it!
Multitasking actually makes you take longer to accomplish both tasks compared to if you completed one at a time. Think about it- your brain has to constantly switch gears when you are multitasking which takes time even if it’s just seconds, and those seconds add up quickly.
Multitasking also makes it more likely that you will make a mistake while you’re completing the tasks. Set yourself up for a procrastination-free and mistake-free day by accomplishing one task at a time.
Step 4: Always know what step is next
The best way to make sure you stick to your plan and don’t fall into a procrastination pit is to know what is your next step.
Don’t allow time in between tasks where you are debating what to do next because it is so easy to get distracted in that decision time and procrastinate rather than working towards completing your next goal.
Hourly planners can help with this! It can take a little bit to get into the swing of it but knowing what you are doing each hour really helps eliminate that unhelpful decision time.
Step 5: Stop Fearing Failure
This is an extra important step for all the perfectionists out there.
Fearing failure can make procrastinating even more tempting.
You are scared of failing at the task so you avoid doing it all together. But just remember- that won’t help you succeed or achieve your goals!
Better to try and fail than not try at all (that’s what I tell myself when I fall into the procrastination hole).
Step 6: Take care of small things right away
When your to-do list looks impossibly long, it’s important not only for your success but also for your mind to cross some items off the list.
It’s important for your success because completing little tasks earlier in the day frees you up to focus and truly commit to the larger tasks at hand.
It’s also important for your mental health because crossing things off your to do list is encouraging and motivating. If you start your day with a 4 hour task then it’ll be 4 hours before you cross anything off and you still have all those other small tasks weighing on you.
Step 7: Delegation
The final tip for how to stop procrastinating is all about delegating things! Delegating tasks that you are able to is super important for getting past procrastination.
Delegating helps you prioritize what you need to accomplish and focus on while freeing yourself up by handing some tasks to others who are able to accomplish them.
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