Do you remember when was the last time you got carried away by procrastination in your job or task that leads to negative consequences?
How many times did you encounter yourself with these words, “Ahh! I will do it later”; “Tomorrow might be the best time to start”; “Maybe later”.
Have you ever wondered what could be the cause of your procrastination? And how to overcome procrastination? Here is the answer.
5 ways to overcome procrastination
1. Find out the cause and work on it
Though you created your schedule or do-list or plan of action and pushing yourself harder to commence your work or task.
But unknowingly or habitually, you procrastinate your vital works and ended up surfing Facebook feed or checking out WhatsApp status or engaging yourself with some other activity.
As a result, you are putting your things off, and then you make yourself in a state of anxiety or regret, isn’t it so?
This happens, Because you are trying to work out from the outside of you rather than repairing from inside of you.
The best way to overcome your procrastination is to find out the root cause of your procrastination and work on it.
In order to overcome procrastination, you first need to change your internal programs and also you need to reprogram your self-sabotaging beliefs that causing you to procrastinate.
Moreover, when you truly hold up the end results of your work in your mind that helps you like a reminder button.
Change Your Rules
Give yourself permission to change your self-image. Not only to think differently but be different.
When you think differently and do different things, that’s when your brain begins to change the old-habitual patterns.
Upgrade Your Environment
We are all victims of our environment that influence our thinking process. Therefore, make sure that you create a peaceful and favorable environment to work on your tasks.
Practice the Ritual
Adopt some habits like Mindfulness-Meditation, and Physical exercises, Mind-Gym exercises, which help to enhance your productivity.
2. Don’t listen to your monkey mind
As we all know, our minds are monkey minds which unsettle, restless, confused and roam around here and there all the time.
So that unstable monkey mind in your head who always get distracted with endless activities and always come up with nutty excuses whenever you made up your mind to work on your task.
Once you accept that monkey’s commands or excuses, then you would fall into your old-patterns and end up being a procrastinator.
Therefore, the single-minded focus should be needed in order to accomplish your work, and also practicing mindfulness mediation could actually help you to overcome from the monkey mind.
List out the four distractions things that make you procrastinating and eliminate them with your strong desire, intention, and action.
5 Second Rule
Five seconds plan to which you have to move an idea to action before the full brain kicks you back and sabotages.
Every second you have a choice of making a decision to take a strong step to accomplish your task or either you can fall back into your monkey’s mind excuses.
You’re the decision-makers, so stop giving excuses and start living for yourself.
3. Fill your mind’s tank
No matter how hard you try to start your car, if the tank is empty, then it doesn’t move an inch.
In the same way, no matter how hard you try to work on your schedule, if there is no enough fuel in your mind, then nothing works out.
Therefore, fill your mind with Motivation, and Commitment.
At some point in time, everyone gets into a procrastination mode, but when you stay connected with self-motivation then you can easily defeat your procrastination.
Break down or divide your work into smaller sub-projects or steps and dedicate yourself truly with those steps and work on it every single day with utmost commitment then you begin to re-pattern your habit of procrastination.
4. Connect your mind with your Heart
There is scientific evidence shows that the people who are emotionally engaging with their work can see the great improvement in their psychological well-being and also enhance the productivity of their work.
Being a procrastinator, we always need the outside force like a deadline to commence our task but how long we rely on it.
On top of that, it leads to stress, panic, or anxiety.
There is a better way to work on your schedule on time without procrastination. All you have to do is, you need to connect to your work emotionally with all your heart.
When you truly connect with your work intellectually and emotionally and when you completely involved in your work then you begin to see the tremendous change in your thought-pattern.
And also you slowly begin to overcome the habit of procrastination.
Fill your heart full of excitement while you are working on the project or task. Your excitement works like a pill to your procrastination.
Forgiveness is just letting go with your past behavior and accepting yourself completely with your new-self. Let it go.
Cultivate the feeling of enthusiasm into your heart that helps to accomplish your tasks. Reward yourself every time, you accomplish your smaller sub-project or task.
5. Have a clear vision
The other main reason for procrastination is because of not having a clear vision of your goals.
When you don’t have a clear-cut vision of your future, then you left yourself romancing with the past self-limited programs.
Therefore, You should be aware of the consequences that you’re going to face if you procrastinate.
On the other hand, calculate the number of positive results that you get in the future, if you work on your goals without making procrastination.
Ask yourself, Does this thought help me to get my task done or sabotaging me? Keep reminding yourself that you’re doing great.
Don’t focus on your past mistakes rather focus on your future goals. Whatever you focus on, you can manifest.
Give credit to yourself whenever you accomplish your task or sub-project. Reward your actions not your results.
5 Additional Points
- Don’t discourage you for no reason, rather than appreciate yourself for some reason.
- If you don’t sacrifice for what you want then what you want will be sacrificed.
- Take up an inspirational person in your own field. Follow his work strategies, rituals, or habits and his principles and values.
- Challenge yourself for 21-days to re-program your sabotaging-beliefs.
- Take out the procrastination words like “tomorrow, later, after,” from your dictionary. The best time to start your task is “now”.
- Change your internal-programs that sabotaging you.
- Stop excuses and start living for yourself.
- Fill your Mind’s tank with Motivation and Commitment.
- Connect to your work emotionally and intellectually.
- Be clear about vision. And be aware of your consequences and results of your task or work.
“If you do the right things in the right way, you will get whatever results you desire” — Brain Tracy