Admit it; we all are guilty of procrastination at some point in time.
We sometimes tend to put off that awful task for ten more minutes, then for 20 minutes, followed by an hour, until it’s finally left unattended to (forever).
Unfortunately, whenever our day goes this way, it often makes us sick and uncomfortable – this is because we’ll spend lots of time worrying over that unfinished task that it eventually prevents us from attending to other important tasks.
Now, the big problem is that the procrastination cycle can feel almost impossible to halt. The moment you’re so caught up in the habit of procrastination, it will become challenging for you to remember how to deal with tedious tasks efficiently.
So, what happens when you procrastinate? You’ll spend your time on the more simple and fun-filled activities that add little to no impact to your business.
In today’s post, I want to talk about how to break the chain of procrastination and instead, start getting things done – and on the right time.
Below, you will find my five best tactics for Procrastinators kicking procrastination in the butt and having control of your daily living.
After reading this post, you’ll learn how to have full control of your time, and always tackle all those tedious, but important tasks that’ll push your business to success. Whether it’s driving traffic to your site, monetizing your blog effectively, building quality backlinks, or even getting a new domain and host, and starting that new blog you’ve been planning to start since January.
Whichever the case may be, this post will help you to easily get things done in a timely manner. With that out of the way, let’s get started.
Start With The Most Tedious Tasks
You might have heard of this before, but I doubt if you know the science behind it. You see, as humans, we have a limited amount of willpower – and once it’s exhausted for the day, it will only take God’s grace for us to tackle the hard tasks on our list – which is usually the most important tasks.
But unfortunately, most people are often in the habit of pushing such tasks to the end of the day, and when this happens, it becomes so challenging to get it done – which often leads to more procrastination, and eventually, this ends up affecting the other tasks on your list.
However, if you can dive into the toughest tasks when your energy level is at its peak, you will always get the best results.
Therefore, when next you’re making your daily schedules, ensure you put the worst ones on top of the list. It could be that you want to record your next podcast episode or anything else that you usually see difficult, and time-consuming.
Although it might not be the hardest task, it will be the most terrific one. Once you attack these tasks early before the simpler ones, you will be well fulfilled and energized to tackle the other tasks the whole day.
Speak It Out
Most times, getting your brain in motion is what you need to get things done. Interestingly, the moment your brain start connecting with the tasks at hand, motivation will kick in, and you’ll start working non-stop.
One of the best ways to get your brain to stay focused is to discuss your project with someone with a good listening ear who can also ask you questions and give you useful feedback. If you work alone, then the best way to get around this is to join a good mastermind group. You can easily find such groups on some of the popular social media platforms like Facebook. Just perform a search on your topic.
For example, one of the most popular and most active mastermind groups I’ve ever seen on Facebook is the Bloggers Group. Anyone can share the posts on this group.
Anyone can ask any kind of help regarding SEO, Blogging and internet marketing. The members and the Adams are always ready to help. It does not matter what niche you’re into; you will certainly find a lot of wonderful and supportive people that will support you.
Another wonderful group you might want to check out is the Persuasion Nation Mastermind Group hosted by Mary Fernandez.
There are also many similar groups you can find on Facebook; you just have to look for them and find the people that will be giving you the push you need to complete your projects. But with the two groups I mentioned above, I doubt you’ll need any other one.
The more you talk about your project – the more good feedback and suggestions you will get – the more clarity you will become on the overall project. All these will eventually push you to take action and get the work done.
Divide The Tasks Into Smaller Chunks of Tacks
As humans, we tend to get highly overwhelmed whenever a large project is hanging around our neck – we won’t just know where to start or the first thing to do which usually results in the project being sidelined.
However, always remember that the big forest is often made up of little individual trees hence, you cannot possibly take down a whole forest at once, but you can definitely start from one tree at a time.
For example, when you want to organize your bedroom, you’ll start by making your bed, and then move on to the next task. It will be easier for you to start from one section rather than trying to get done with everything at once.
What this analogy is pointing to is that you have to break up your big tasks into a small chunk of tasks. If you make a habit of completing a small task each day, you will find the big task becoming less tedious than you initially imagined.
Don’t Try to Make it Right
You’ve always heard that perfection is the rival of productivity. Research also shows that “perfection associated with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and other related mental health problems.”
The point is that when you’re trying to finish a task, trying to make it perfect the first time is enough to prevent you from getting it completed.
Therefore, the next time you’re procrastinating on completing important projects, challenge yourself to get it done roughly (on purpose). Create the minimum viable edition of the product. When you finish, you can go back and make changes where necessary.
Begin Before You Start
Getting everything needed to complete a particular task ready before starting the job will often help you to beat the initial paralysis you feel. Instead of putting the works on paper alone, you should go an extra mile and decide how, when, and the things that will be required to complete it.
If the task involves content writing with your laptop, switch on the laptop and open your favorite writing software like Microsoft Word. Then carry out research on the topic and outline all the necessary information you will need while writing. After doing all these, you can go out and get busy with something else – and once you’ve finally decided to write the article, it will become less challenging for you.
When everything you need for the work is made ready, it acts as a visual reminder that you need to work. But that’s not all; the barriers to getting started will also lessen because everything is already set up and ready to go.
Even though it often seems impossible, you have all it takes to accomplish everything that is required of you every day. I know procrastination has some benefits, but you don’t want it to hinder you from carrying out the activities that will guarantee your business growth.
It’s not going to be easy, but with a new perspective, a little discipline, and a unique game plan, you’ll be right on your way to breaking the chain of procrastination.