Procrastination can generally be described as the act of delaying or postponing an activity or a task. Almost everyone procrastinates, we all just happen to be on different levels of this. From procrastinating out of fear of failure to delaying out of laziness or even because one is easily distracted, there is no lie to the fact that “Procrastination is a thief of time”. Here are a few ways to help you stop procrastination.
Create A To-Do List
One sure way to save you from procrastination and help you do things right when you should is to create a daily to-do list (i.e a list of your plans for the day). While some people create lists weekly, it is advised that one who is addicted to the act of procrastination creates a daily list. Begin the list from the hardest to the simplest. The purpose of creating a list is that it keeps you focused.
Have A Deadline
Creating a list is not enough to help you stop procrastination. Try to put a deadline for every activity that you’ve set to do. While creating your daily list ensure you put a time frame beside it to help you work swiftly and stay focused.
Tackle Your Toughest Task First
The human body and brain are most productive at the early hours of the day, before fatigue sets in later on due to stress, weather and sometimes hunger. So to avoid moving some chores to the next day, tackle the toughest ones when you still have the strength to or when your brain still feels very alive.
Set Rewards For Yourself
To encourage yourself after every major task you’ve successfully done in a good time, you can give yourself a treat that is within your budget. This also means that for every time you do not meet up on a particular task as at when due, you should punish yourself e.g a good punishment which will also be great for you is to squat or do sit-ups or press-ups because while exercises are great for the body, they can be really painful. Be careful not to “over-reward” yourself and spend too much money in the process, rewards should come monthly, or quarterly when you see considerable progress.
Be Accountable To Someone
If you are the only one monitoring your progress, there is no way you can remain strictly on course since you are the “Lord over yourself”. Get an accountability partner, maybe a friend or your spouse or a sibling, to help you monitor your progress and how fast you are adapting to your new way of life.