At some point or another, virtually everyone has experienced the effects of procrastination. Postponing what needs to be done has the secret power to create your life by default. When you put off until tomorrow what needs to be done today, you end up robbing yourself of living by design and getting what you really want. If you have ‘tomorrow is another day” syndrome, rest assured there are solutions waiting for you to overcome procrastination. I’ll be sharing two easy suggestions on how to stop procrastination.
Procrastination can be pleasurable. You get pleasure not doing what needs to be done. To stop procrastination, you’ll need to exhibit self-discipline in the early stages. The act of deferring what needs to be done is simply a bad habit and like any bad habit, can be replaced if your desire is strong enough.
At first, it will be difficult, however if you follow the two suggestions below, it will become easier as you create empowering habits that enhance and support the intentions you have for your life.
Suggestion #1: Create A List Of What Needs To Be Done Daily
This may appear overly simplistic, but do you have a to-do list of things that need to be done on a daily basis? Most people don’t. The majority of the time you delay is because you are unclear of what tasks need to be done. After you’ve completed your daily list, prioritize your list in order of importance. Say to yourself WTF, that’s worse things first. This helps you to get the things you don’t really want to do get done, when your energy is high as opposed to waiting later in the day as your energy fades. As you complete your list, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and pride. This is because your brain releases a hormone called Beta-endorphin. This is nature’s ‘feel-good’ hormone or nature’s ‘happy drug’. Just this alone should provide you with incentive and momentum to stop procrastinating.
Suggestion #2: Do Similar Tasks At the Same Time
While going through your to-do list, perform similar tasks at the same time when possible. Here’s a good reason to do this. As you approach a task to be done, you have to prepare to do the task, then you have to do the task, and finally you wrap up doing the task. This starting and stopping action eats up valuable time and energy and can make it seem as if you’re working hard and have nothing to show for it. Grouping your tasks together increases your personal productivity.
A huge benefit of stopping procrastination is that your life will substantially improve. As you make a daily habit to consistently create a to-do list and accomplish your tasks, you will slowly stop procrastination in its tracks. You’ll be delighted to see how eliminating procrastination can lower stress and make you feel as if you’re in control of your day, rather than the other way around. And lastly, don’t procrastinate applying the suggestions on how to stop procrastination.