Just admit it: as you were reading the title of this article, the first thing gone throw you mind is “I’ll read it later”. In all fairness, I considered writing this entry later as well, but here we are – so good on the both of us! I was a true fan of laziness, doing things later and sometimes never was such very normal to me. But now, I am more than ever ready to “get sh*t done” before the end of the day.
It’s merely impossible to count the times I had the common procrastinator-thoughts: “Just another episode and I’ll start this!” ; “OH, it seems interesting, copy…paste, never read it” ; “Tomorrow I will definitely have time for it” ; “I’m busy or not; well anyway, it’s not that urgent”. I’ll be totally honest, all of these thoughts frequented my mind for a very, very long time. Nevertheless, I have thrown all these thoughts behind me –and I am pleased to share with you some tips how I figured out to deal with this common enemy.
First, the hard part is to be honest with yourself, *cut the BS* about being calm and claiming that you can handle it, prepare your mind to work. It’s not easy and it will never be, since it’s the line that separates the masses and the successful people who are small in size and numbers. Try to make it personal. Yes, it’s as you read it; think about doing it as it’s the last thing in your life, keep training your mind to do so. By the way, no one has a magic “death warranty ticket”.
Eliminate distractions. It’s not easy, and it’s definitely not fun, but I promise you – it will help you get things done. So just, go ahead and put that picture of your crush, or electronic device that is battling so hard for your attention. Oh, and did I mention the deadliest one of the all? Yes, you know what I’m talking about. I can see your phone from here, move it away as far as it’s out of your range.
Make a deal with yourself. Don’t worry, it won’t make you schizophrenic. Tasks can be done much easier by reminding yourself what awaits when you’re done. You know you will enjoy whatever it is you want to be doing much more when you know that you’re not supposed to be doing something else. Always remind yourself of the good times that are coming.
Break it down. Knowing you have to deal with something big and perhaps obligatory can be quite daunting. For instance, homework or revising ahead of an important test, shopping for your mum, or just a long list of chores that you really want to avoid at all costs. Figure out how you can break down your task into small steps.
You have an essay to write, fine. Start with sitting up a plan, an introduction then what to do in the development part and finally the conclusion, by separating the four steps; you can feel a sort of release. Try to imagine it, good feeling, isn’t it? In addition, do not forget to enjoy these small accomplishments as well. See them as small confidence boosts/mini celebrations; you are nearing the end of a task!
Avoid multitasking. It is not good trying to take on several tasks at once with the hope of finishing faster, all you will do is compromise the quality of your work and it can break you as well. Make a clear to-do list, and stick to it. Be sure to make it specific and if possible set yourself a deadline to finish it by.
Talk about it. Talk with anyone who cares to listen about what you’re planning to do. Now the cat is out of the bag, there’s no going back! Who likes answering the question: “So did you do that thing?” with “Uhh. no.. I didn’t… I was going to… But…”? You got it ? Make it public in order to give yourself that extra push.
If you read my article without procrastinating, I am happy.
Have a lovely day and God bless.
Written by: Yahya Kabboul
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