5 ways to beat procrastination right now
Procrastination can hinder your pleasure, your career, and even your health. Take control and stop procrastinating right now:
1 Work out your particular form of procrastination
Whether it’s watching TV or focusing on the opening of a chapter or document – catch yourself doing it in the moment, and make a conscious choice to stop and do things differently.
2 Challenge your own myths
For example, that you must have a tidy desk before you write that presentation, or that the washing-up must be done immediately. These are just distractions from the task at hand.
3 Assess your intentions
Are you really likely to do the particular task you’ve set yourself? If not, you’re giving yourself excess stress over something you know you will never seriously tackle.
4 Set realistic goal
Procrastinators tend to overestimate the time available for a task, so when assessing your intentions, set realistic goals too and consider doubling the amount of time needed to carry out your task.
5 Promise yourself a treat or a reward
But only when you’ve completed the task. This helps with positive energy, which is more healthy than beating yourself up if you do lapse back into procrastination.