Beating procrastination starts and ends with your thinking. Let’s lose the intro and just get on with it:
1. Give yourself a real incentive
Working towards your ultimate business/life goals is tough going sometimes. Give your latest project a deadline and give yourself a tangible reward for achieving it. Anything from a snack to an overseas holiday works. Be strict.
2. Put a deadline on your procrastination
You’re already procrastinating so why not enjoy it?! Give yourself thirty minutes of messing around and then commit to work.
3. Brainstorm your “reasons why”
Ask yourself “Why must I finish [insert-task] today?” and “What will it cost me if I don’t?”. Write it down and make sure you feel the answers.
4. Advertise your deadline
Most people are more psychologically driven away from losing face than they are drivenÂ towards getting stuff done. Share your deadline with someone you really respect. Don’t let them down.
5. Turn off the internet
Takes Jedi levels of discipline but really REALLY works. Enough said.
6. Take more breaks than usual
Most procrastination and distraction is caused by people attempting unrealistic levels of productivity. Experiment with taking a ten minute break every forty-five minutes. You’ll know it’s working if you find the breaks boring.
7. Stop in the most exciting part
When you’re done for the day but have more work for tomorrow, leave your project incomplete in a really exciting (and disjointed) place. This guarantees it’ll be fun and easy to dive right back in when you need to.
This article written in 14 minutes using techniques 2, 3, 4 and 5. Spelling and grammar errors for entertainment purposes only.