The idea of coming up with this popped up in my head, when I had the following conversation with a friend:
Friend: I wish I could manage my time for more productivity, because I almost broke down last weekend, I don’t know if you have some clues to share.
Me: It’s just about setting your priorities right.
Friend: My priorities, I have many.
Me: You time them.
Friend: I though there was a recipe you use.
Me: Hahaha, I have.
Friend: So, help me out.
When this conversation of ours was left hanging because I was quite busy at that moment, I was about to share a way out with that friend, when it hits me that there are quite a number of people out there facing similar productivity issues.
I am not perfect, I am not the most productive person on earth, but I was able to realise my main problem, then I struggled and strive to search for a solution to my problem, which am grateful I did after a long period of struggle. Knowing, identifying and realising your problem, is a 50% achievement to solving your problem.
So let’s discuss procastination as a murderer of productivity, and discuss ways we break out of the shell of procastination:
Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing a task or set of tasks, or better still it is the force that prevents you from following through on what you set out to do. It can also be a form of laziness, and it happens to be a challenge we have all faced at one point or another in our lives.
Attimes you go to bed feeling motivated to make a change in your life, to work towards achieving your goals in life, but when you wake up, it becomes an entirely different story because you find yourself falling back into old patterns, your old way of life, you begin to see the goals you set as unachievable.
And most of the time procastination comes in your short-term goals, read through this relatable example: let’s say you have a report to write. You’ve knDesign Your Future Actionown about it for weeks probably a month before, and yet you continued putting it off day after day. You keep nagging thinking about this report you have to write, but you’ve not done anything about it. Then, suddenly, the day before the deadline, you begin to struggle and really stress yourself to write that report hours before it is deadline.
I’ve gone through this countless time, and I’ve failed in certain exams, reports etc. Because of this, the day I realized my main problem, I used my computer science skills to solve my problem, I wrote an algorithm of what I think my problem is, wrote a psuedocode, I analysed, designed solutions for that problem and executed. To cut the story short I came out more productive, and stronger. And now I have the most imperfect life people see as perfect.
How to Stop Procrastination
There are a number of ways we can follow to stop procrastinating, and you can sit think and follow a way that works best for you, but for me, I’ll only be sharing with you 2 most important ways I use to fight procastination.
1. Design Your Future Action:
I’ve quite a few apps and journals called to-do list, I’ve also seen people making a list of things to do, and i gave less importance to it and even felt at that time it was just a waste of time, untill I decided to try it once, then I realised how useful and effective it is.
I pick up my to-do list every morning, and write a list of things I’d like to accomplish before the end of the day, I follow them one at a time and get them accomplished, then tick the box indicating the task is done, when all the boxes are ticked I feel so at ease and have time for other less important things.
Attimes there are certain task I can’t finish in a day, so before bed or the next morning I start a new list from the pending task from yesterday’s list. This might look childish but you should give it a try, because I felt so at first, but when I made it a habit, I was happy and a bit organized.
2. Making your tasks more achievable:
I do this two reasons.
- Small measures of progress help to maintain momentum over the long-run, which means you’re more likely to finish large tasks.
- The faster you complete a productive task, the more quickly your day develops an attitude of productivity and effectiveness.
For this I use The 2-minutes rule which I came across after discovering my effective To-do list , and since then has been one of my favorite ways to make habits easier is to use The 2-minutes rule. The rule states: “When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do.”
Seehow this works for me: you know attimes the most difficult part of a task is starting it, once you start you find that momentum of wanting to get it done, this rule helps by making it so easy to start taking action that you can’t say no to, once you’ve started.
So, regardless of what method you use, the bottom line is this: Do the most important thing first each day and let the momentum of the first task carry you into the next one.
I really hope you found this short guide on procrastination useful. If you’re looking for more ideas on how to stop procrastinating and take action, or maybe you’re going through a chronic procastination, then you can contact me directly and we work things out together.