Ten Strategic Tools for Overcoming Procrastination
1. Create a Safety Net!
Procrastination started by overwhelmed by a task or project.
Whatever happens, I will survive. It’s not the end of the world. If I fail, that’s actually what should happen because then I can improve the method for a better result. Do for learning, do it for experiment. It’s okay to fail. I am in the process. I am building the good habits. 1% progress is better than 0%.
2. Change my thinking from Procrastinator into a Producer!
I don’t have to, but I choose to….. I want to do that… I am happily willing to do that. Not forced, I am not a victim.
“When can I get started on…? “ Focus on doing something tangible will generate energy.
I can take one small step from a big project, one step at a time.
I can be perfectly human. It’s okay to make mistake. Failure is expected to make it better… Don’t be perfectionist. “I must take time to play so…” I will have a reward after some work on the project.
Think proactive and positive…
Mantra; “I choose to start on my key projects one small and imperfect step at a time, knowing that when I get things done, I then have time left over to play.”
Set a reward for a completion of a project. Set rewards for milestone achievement. Write down for accountability. Then start doing step by step, make progress even if it’s small. Don’t wait till you have big motivation. Interlace with pleasurable activity as reward for milestone.
4. Work HARD, PLAY hard
Set and enjoy some guilt-free play time… We can’t do quality work all the time, so don’t even try. To achieve more and be more productive, plan on playing more. The more play time you schedule, the greater the freedom you will feel and the more motivated you will become to do quality work. The better you work, you will hen feel like you’ve genuinely earned some play time and the more you will enjoy it.
The benefit of guilt-free play time; you will find creative idea, healthier, good balance, positive atmosphere (you’re there because you want to be not you have to be), get fresh outlook of work, and build friendships.
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our window today.” – Dale Carnegie
5. Three dimensional thinking and reverse calendar
Break down the big project onto small pieces. Plan and set the project outline (time-line) and make it backward.
6. Be friend with WORRY
Develop an action plan and then stick to it. Be prepared for the worst then focus on doing what will lead to the best. Control what can be controlled only, do your best.
7. Create and use an unscheduled
Create gaps between schedules. Before you do something you like, try work for 30 minutes for a high priority project, this can be a fun challenge because we work not because we have to, but we want to. It also builds an unconscious desire for work and less play.
8. Set a few realistic goals which deserve your attention.
Fewer goals are better. It’s better of having a few goals you really care about than having many which you consider have been forced on you.
Commit to those goals you can wholeheartedly embrace. There are “Must have” and “Nice to have”. Downgrade some of your goals to “wish” status and let them go for now so you can focus on the important matters.
Achieving anything takes work, don’t fantasize you will be escaping work by procrastinating. Think about how you word the goals, it matters. Create functional and observable goals, it will state; what, when, how.
We are the master of our goals. If you set unrealistic goals, you’re setting yourself up for self-criticism and more procrastination.
9. Learn to work in your most productive flow state.
Don’t wait until you feel like doing something, instead, get into a “flow state” where you block out distractions and focus all your energy on the task at hand. Learn how to place yourself in this state at will to achieve more. Be in the present, be in the moment, let go of the past and the future. Enjoy the present.
10. Turn setbacks into opportunities to move forward.
Everyone has it, but successful people persist until they achieve their goals.
Become more resilient. “One mistake is not the end of my world”. Your self-worth is not determined by the fact you never make a mistake but by the fact you hang in there and keep going until you get it right.
Develop personal hardiness; a combination of commitment, control and challenge.
Concentrate on the task at hand and let the future sort itself out. Don’t get distracted by inconsequential ideas or emotion, but stay involved in what needs to get done. Write down what distracts you and deal with those issues at the appropriate time but let nothing distract you from giving your projects your full attention when the time is right.