Most people experience pulling things off. From getting out of bed in the morning, to studying for exams, tidying up, updating a C.V. It can be the smaller more mundane things, or life changing tasks. Procrastinating means we underachieve, miss opportunities, and waste time. Imagine how your life could be different now, if you never procrastinated at all. Well, you don’t need to be perfect but if you do struggle with procrastination there are some simple steps you can take to make things easier.
Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him
– Charles Dickens
Make it a specific plan, not a vague wish. If you need to get anything done, don’t leave it as a passing thought on the end of a to-do list. To get things done make a detailed plan. Instead of the thought, “I’m going to study tomorrow”, add detail to it. When are you going to study? Where are you going to study? Exactly what will you study and for how long. Add a backup plan, if you plan to start at 10 am and something stops you, what is your backup plan, set another time in the day to do it. People have vague wishes all the time, “I want to loss weight”,”I want to exercise more”. Flesh them out with details. When will you exercise. Where? What exercise will you do? And for how long?
A goal without a plan is just a wish
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
As well as a detailed plan if you still struggle try breaking the task down into smaller tasks. So it doesn’t seems so daunting. Help yourself get started by doing the easier or more enjoyable tasks first. And if you’re easily distracted then distance yourself from the distractions. You can even motivate yourself to spring into action by giving yourself a small reward every time you achieve part of your plan.