Updated: Jan 13
“You may delay, but time will not.”
- Benjamin Franklin
Is procrastinating stopping you from getting work done or achieving your goals?
With so many responsibilities one has to deal with as well as the countless social media platforms to get lost in, it is very easy to procrastinate and get distracted from achieving one's goals.
So how do you overcome the unhealthy habit of procrastinating and get work done?
The good news is, despite how down you may feel about dragging your feet to get that certain project done or write that book you've been wanting to do since ages or even to adopt a healthy diet lose a certain amount of weight, there is a way to overcome that daunting feeling and to get to where you want starting right now.
Learning through video is more your thing? No problem. Then check out the video below.
#1 PAIN VS PLEASURE
One of the key reasons why you are "avoiding" doing the thing or task that you know you want to or need to do is because you've attached more pain to the task than pleasure in your mind.
Think about it - if it was pleasurable, you would have done it ages ago without hesitation.
Make the process of getting towards your goals fun! Whether it's getting good lighting, setting up a relaxing ambiance (eg: music, a nice cup of coffee, etc), having colorful stationery, anything. Basically, whatever that works for you to make the entire experience of where you are to where you wanna be more enjoyable and pleasurable. This helps with keeping you motivated and making actually want to do a certain task.
💡 Many have asked me how I lost my pregnancy weight fairly fast (12kgs in about 10 months). I did this by adopting the 80-20 diet which is also practiced by celebrities such as Olivia Munn, Miranda Kerr, and Jessica Alba.
I eat 80% healthy and 20% "naughty" every day. Not only does this help me keep sane and not feeling deprived of yummy-sinful food, it also helps me achieve (and maintain) my target weight in a healthy, happy manner.
#2 10-MINUTES SPRINTS
It can be really overwhelming if you're trying to think about too many details and wondering (or fearing) about scenarios wayyyyy too far into the future. When you feel overwhelmed, it is thus tempting to want to give up and procrastinate or tell yourself, "I'll do it later." (Sounds familiar?)
Break down your goal into smaller manageable chunks. Set a 10-minute timer on your phone or watch and tell yourself to dedicate that time to give your 110% attention to just getting the first step done.
Once the first task is accomplished. You might just be pleasantly surprised to feel on a roll and want to get on towards the next step!
💡 You can incrementally add on to the time blocks from 10 minutes to 15, to 30, to 45 minutes, and so on. By the time you know it, you would have reached your goal in no time ;)
#3 KNOW THYSELF
Everyone has different elements that can cause distractions to occur. Do you know what yours is?
Mine for example, is when I'm doing research on the internet and I have too many tabs opened at the same time. That is a sure-fire way to get distracted and reduce my productivity.
Therefore what I do is, I utilize the tab manager function on my Google Chrome and I properly save the tabs that are irrelevant now to be worked on later and only leave those that are needed now opened.
Even music... As much as I love music, it doesn't do me any good whenever I need to really focus and give a certain project my all. (I'll start singing and humming whenever my favorite tunes are played - which is like 70% of them! Yikes)
On the flip side, if you're the kind of person that needs activity around you in order to get your creative juices flowing, then perhaps you can look into visiting a nearby cafe with good coffee (or tea), with comfy sofas, and nice music to help motivate you towards working on your goals.
So once you know what are the elements that rob you of your focus, eliminate them. By doing so you'll increase your discipline and dedication to be one step closer towards attaining your goals.
#4 THE BIGGER PICTURE
It is normal to question ourselves from time to time on why are we pursuing a certain goal. But in the midst of this, it can also make us doubt our decisions and our capabilities.
Whenever you start to question your goals, remind yourself why this goal is important to you. What is the value you will get out of achieving it?
If you can take a moment to dig deep and remind yourself of your big WHY, then getting back on track will be super duper easy.
However, I want to emphasize something here. If you realize that you tend to question your goals a lot, and you realize that actually what you're doing adds no value or meaning to your life, neither do you feel it is your cup of tea, then perhaps it is time to stop and start to focus on a different goal.
Please, don't force yourself to continue to do something that you have no deep emotional and mental connection to. It would be meaningless, a waste of your precious time, energy, and will only make you a very unhappy person.
Just a gentle reminder - it is perfectly OK to change your mind to dream a new dream or try a different path. Don't be so hard on yourself if you tried something and it didn't work out how you thought or expected it to ❤️
#5 REWARD TIME!
Here comes the most exciting part - Reward time! 🎉
Research has shown that setting a reward for yourself at every milestone you achieve, it will help motivate and push you further towards attaining your goals! It doesn't have to be extravagant, just a simple day out at the spa, shopping, spending time with your close buddies, or even a piece of chocolate would do the trick!
The most important aspect of the reward is the immediacy of it– you need to immediately reward yourself when the task is completed, rather than delay it to the end of the week or month (You know the saying - Sometimes later becomes never.)
By allowing yourself to be rewarded more frequently and especially right after you complete a task, the research suggests you’ll develop a more positive attitude about your work, which will in turn cause you to be more motivated, more engaged, and in general produce better results.
💡NOTE! Rewarding yourself doesn't mean only when you get from point A to Z, only then do you deserve a reward. NO!
I give you permission to reward yourself at every milestone! (YESSS!) This will help to keep you motivated and excited to want to achieve the next step, and the next step, until the end.
Once you’ve watched or read through this article, I’d love to hear from you.
What steps have you taken to help you overcome procrastination? Do share your knowledge and experience in the comments below.
Share as much detail as you can. Many lovely souls come here for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone else needs to have a major breakthrough.
I really hope the tips shared here helps you tackle procrastination whenever it comes knocking on your door to distract you from getting to where you really want to be. And don't forget, it is ok to take a detour to change your path if your current path does not serve you positively 😘
Thank you so much for watching, sharing, and adding your thoughts. Now let go of your fears and know that there is always a choice.
Live strong, and have the courage to create a life you love because your happiness matters.
With SO much 💖,
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Knowing when to ask for help and guidance is not a weakness. If anything, it's a strength.
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