Most of the time in life if you want to achieve certain goals within a dedicated period of time there are a lot of factors that you’ll need to overcome, these factors include laziness as well as negativity but one other huge factor that has to be dealt with is of course procrastination as it is one of the main causes as to why most of us fail to obtain what we want to achieve in our lives today.
Well to be honest most of us procrastinate so you don’t have to feel bad about it at all, for you have come to the right place as I will give you a list of tips and some advice which you can use to enable you to reduce such a habit.Like any other habit it will require that you stay committed and try as much as possible to follow the tips in order to reduce it, you know what they say; “practise makes perfect”.
What is procrastination & Why is it Bad ?
In order for you and I to know how to avoid it we must first fully understand what it means, according to the Oxford dictionary it is defined as the action of either postponing or delaying something.This from my point of view usually happens more than you actually think, the main reason why it’s said to be a bad habit is because it tends to promote laziness which leads to being unproductive.In the sense that the more you put things off the less likely you’ll be able to do them or complete them well, some people often say they work better under pressure which is fine but it is also important to try and clear as much work as you can quickly without panic.
Therefore it is imperative that we try to limit the amount of times we procrastinate as this could lead us to become more productive in whatever project or task we are doing,below is the list of some tips and strategies that you can try to practise which may eventual help you to become more productive with your life.These tips can be applied to whatever area you in which you want to achieve something be it in school,at the work place, home or even a small project of your own.
Just Get Started
Most if the time we tend to either over or under estimate the duration of a project as well as the level of difficulty need to complete it, this is why a good piece of advice I would give is that you should just hop on to the project as soon as you possibly can as this will help you determine the route you would take in tackling the task.
Most of the people that have achieved their fair share of success over the years usually say that one of the most challenging things that they had faced was getting started, so this just shows that you should feel like your the only one that is going through it even the most successful people pasted through it too but its how the overcame it that matters.
Even just a tiny bit of work can go a long way like trying to map out a strategy on how you would complete the task or even forming writing a simple step of ideas will take you a very long way, starting is very difficult but as you start it will give you an open mind and help you think clearly unlike leaving it to the last minute.Speaking of the topic is that why a brand like Nike would come up with a phrase like “Just Do it “?.
Another way in which we can avoid procrastinating is by making sure we have a good time management skills, as this is a very important tool that can lead you to achieving success.So time management is having the ability to allocate a particular amount of time to a given task,this allocation allows you to plan adequately for your day giving you the potential to maximize your productivity as well as increasing your effectiveness.This practise will prevent you from pushing things outside your schedule whilst helping you stay active and prevent laziness.
How can I manage my Time?
There are Various ways in which you can manage your time well,like you could simply head over to your designated mobile/computer app store and download apps that can help you plan your day effectively.That’s one way of doing it but there is an alternative is to try and use a small book or even a journal would do,simply write down the things that you’d like to accomplish before the day ends before you go to sleep each night which I found very useful.In doing this simple task you would be able to keep track of your day and it will also help you remain focused in achieving the goals that you’re supposed to complete, this will further allow you to free up more time which you can catch up on your favourite show on netflix and a small tip always try to allocate a slightly large amount of time to your tasks because some important stuff may come up.Managing your time is one of the keys to limiting procrastination.
There are so many things that are happening in the world today and with the aid of social media applications such as Facebook,Twitter,Snapchat and Instagram have made the transmitting information through to various parts of the world simply, which of course is a good thing but if used in excess can cause you to pay your attention to other things apart from work.
I know watching cat videos or liking other peoples posts is way better than working, but it is this shift in attention that can cause us to become lazy and make us fail to complete what we ought to do.Being in My early 20’s it was hard for me to reduce my usage of such applications, but with some dedication and time management I managed to cut down my usage to about 7 hours per week who would have thought ?.
Although trust me it does take a little bit of time to get used to but staying off social media for a bit actually relieves some pressure of you and also frees up a lot of your time, limiting the amount of interactions with your phone can help you regulate your activity on your phone.Like everything else you’ll need to do it more frequently in order to get the right level of productivity.
Getting enough sleep
In order for you to function more effectively and efficiently, you should make sure you get an adequate amount of sleep.Most of the time people often put off things because they feel the don’t have the energy to complete the tasks at hand, which could be due to improper management of their time.Getting enough sleep has proven to increase brain activity as well as boost mental wellness making you think much clearer, therefore getting about 7 - 8 hours of sleep can help you be much more effective in your thinking and help you perform better in your tasks.
Clear Working Space
Having a good working environment is a good way of preventing yourself from pushing work to a later date, by a good working environment I mean having a work space that has little or no distractions that can make you lose your focus.It is also important for you to work in areas that are conducive enough such as rooms that are separate from either from your living room or TV as this help your mind to only pay attention to what has been put in front of it leaving no room for it to be disturbed, placing a motivation poster or Quote can also be a good Idea to keep you focused on your target.
Another way in which you can get rid of this habit is by trying as much as possible to get involved in tasks that promote group work, this will help you keep track of the things that you are doing because you’ll constantly be reminded to complete the work before time because your doing it as a group.The other benefit of this is that it will make it easier for you to interact with people that you’ve just meet whilst helping you to be diligent with your work,the more you practise this the more likely you are of building leadership skills because of your ability to manage time well.
Here is a very intresting video I found on the topic , this video is by Mel Robbins it is a very short and useful video that you might want to see .
In conclusion it is very important for you and I to take note of things that prevent us from completing the tasks that we have set out to complete, things like Social Media play a big part as they are the largest consumers of our time.Therefore practise the tips mentioned above might just help you to become more productive leading to you having more success, always keep in mind that even starting to practise these tips might be hard at first but with the right attitude and right amount of consistence you’ll be able to perfect your this skill and even add to it.
So don’t wait till tomorrow to start improving your life , start to day and you will see just how much success you’ll be able to achieve in a short period of time.Lastly I’ll end with saying a positive mindset is all you need to have in order to change your lifestyle, stay positive and remember everyone had to start from somewhere keep on working.
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