I’ll do it tomorrow? How many times have you said that in your head? You know what that’s called, it’s procrastination! Realize it, recognize it and nip it in the bud. The shadow of procrastination and laziness is always lurking so it’s important to work to overcome this habit.
Laziness creates a snowball effect of procrastination because everything that should have been done is being pushed back. Procrastination creates undo stress which in turn, creates negative emotions like:
All this could be prevented if you just make the necessary changes to work towards eliminating that habit. It’s not easy to break tradition and stop doing what you’ve done for so long. It will take determination and will power to create a new, more productive habit for yourself.
1. Not a Minute to Lose. From personal experience, the number one way I stop myself from procrastinating is to get up and get started on what I need to do right away. I’ve been known to spend a little too much time scrolling aimlessly through my phone, watching YT videos, looking at Instagram etc. Putting off what I needed to get done because of sheer laziness. The moment I started getting up and getting started, I was able to get more done and push less into the next days list of things to do.
2. Sonnets not Novels. Discard the lengthy TO-DO List. It’s daunting to look at a mile long list of things that need to be done. It kind of makes you want to jump back in bed and pull the covers over your head. Once you factor in the time it may take to tackle these tasks, you would probably never get them all done anyway. A better approach would be to create a list of 5-8 achievable tasks and put the most tedious at the top. I find it better to get the difficult things done first, the less mind numbing tasks next, then sprinkle the things you can set and forget in between.
For example, on my list of things to do today is:
outline & create this blog post
Pick stock images for this blog post
Meal plan for the week
Make grocery list
Grocery shop/order online