Do you procrastinate often?
We all procrastinated on doing something at least once in your life. But some procrastinate a lot and never really stop.
Procrastination often happens when we don’t want to do something whether it’s because of fear or laziness. I procrastinated in the past a lot, It was usually because I was scared of doing it or I thought it was too much work.
So In this blog post, you will learn how to stop procrastinating so you will take more action and get more stuff done.
1. Realize Why You Are Procrastinating
It’s good to know why you are procrastinating in order to stop it. How would you stop procrastinating if you don’t know why you’re doing it? So ask yourself, Why am I procrastinating? Once you answer that question, you will be able to know why you are procrastinating and will able to stop it and take action.
2. Make a list of what you are going to do tomorrow
Making a list of what you are going to do in the next day will help you stop you from procrastinating as well. Not only will it stop you from procrastinating, But It will also make you a lot less anxious about what you need to do when tomorrow comes because you will already have it written down.
I personally do this and I can say that it does lower your anxiety and you get more stuff done too. I highly recommend you try it out and see if it works for you or not. Either way, it’s a really good habit to have. It would help even more if you are detailed of what you are doing the next day but if you don’t want to get too detailed, then that’s fine as long as you do it consistently.
For this to really work, you have to make this a habit. You need to be consistent because if you only do this once, then you will still feel anxious and will start procrastinating again, as a result, you will not get that much stuff done. So, make sure you make it a habit.
3. Quit Trying To Be Perfect
If you are procrastinating because you want to be perfect, well I’ll give you a wake-up call, nobody is perfect. Trust me, when you are striving to be perfect, not only is it a waste of time but you will be miserable while trying to do it too. You will miss good opportunities and basically you will procrastinate a lot.
So stop trying to be perfect and do the thing that you are procrastinating on. When you do, you will feel better, you will stop procrastinating, and you will allow yourself to have more freedom to do stuff because you are not trying to be perfect anymore.
4. Imagine What Happens When You Do What You Were Procrastinating On
Visualize what will happen when you do what you were procrastinating on. What do you see? How do you feel? How do you present yourself? Where are you at? When you are visualizing, it is important to answer these questions while you are visualizing.
If you are having a hard time imagining it, then that is okay. Keep on practicing visualization and eventually, you can visualize it clearly as if you are actually there.
One thing that I do when I visualize or imagine is that I put my middle finger around the middle of my forehead or where my third eye is. When I do that, I can visualize a lot easier.
5. Decide Which Thing On The list That You Are Going To Do First
After you write down the things that you’re going to do the next day, choose which thing on the list that you’re going to do first. I would recommend doing the hardest thing on your list first so you will get it done and over with before anything else and so you don’t have to worry about it later, but it’s really up to you.
Doing this will help you plan your day better, make you procrastinate less, and you will get more stuff done.
I don’t really decide what I want to do first when I make the list because I list what I’m going to do during the next day in order. So if I wanted to make my bed first, then It will be the first thing that I write down. If I wanted to wash the dishes last, then It will be the last thing that I write down.
You can do this if you want, I recommend it because it takes out the choosing what to do the first part and it is in order.
6. Just Do It
Taking action and just doing it is one of the more obvious things to do in order to stop procrastinating. It might seem intimidating at first, but once you take action and just do it, you will stop your procrastination.
You might notice that it wasn’t really that bad after all and maybe you began to enjoy doing the thing that you were procrastinating on.
On personal example is in my junior year of high school I had woodshop. If you guys don’t know what woodshop is, it’s basically a class where you can build stuff out of wood like a shelf, desk, or anything really. Anyway, I was going to make a coffee table but I was procrastinating because I was afraid of messing up and some other reasons that I can’t really remember. Once I took action and started on my project, I noticed that it wasn’t really that bad at all and I was starting to enjoy woodshop. In the end, I finished my project and I chose to do woodshop next year.
If you have any questions or want to share any of your experiences, then feel free to comment below. I will try to reply to you as soon as I can.
Well, that’s all I have, for now, hope you guys got something out of this and I hope you guys are having a wonderful day. Peace.