Somehow I’m guessing that if you’re reading this, you’ve procrastinated at least once in your life. If not a zillion times. We procrastinate (me included) for a variety of reasons. Whatever we want to do scares us, or is boring, or hard, or just not fun. Even if that thing is something we want or need to get done, we don’t do it. I’ve got two tips, two very different ways of dealing with procrastination. See if one resonates with you, or try them both and notice if one works better.
- The Nike Way- Just do it! IS the solution to procrastination. Whatever that thing is, put it on your calendar, set a timer for 15 minutes, break it down into tiny lady bug manageable steps, then do it for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, if you’re still movin’ and groovin’ set another 15 minutes and continue. If not, mark it on your calendar at another time to do it again. Then, and this is the important part, reward yourself with the very procrastination activity you were planning to do instead of getting that thing done. Maybe it’s reading, cleaning, emailing, talking to someone on the phone, shopping, or getting on social media. Whatever it is, do it.
The difference between someone who finishes writing their book and someone who doesn’t, is one page per day.
- Do you procrastinate until the last minute and scramble around trying to get things done and that’s your pattern? Maybe that’s natural for you. Maybe you operate best that way. Why fight it? If it works for you, it isn’t right or wrong. It’s just you. Then, make peace with that.
There you go. Two procrastination tips. If you try something and it works, let me know.
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