They work whether you’re a perfectionist, unmotivated, find excuses, or get easily distracted.
Procrastination is a silent killer.
lurks in the shadows. He confuses us, rarely showing his true face. It killed more dreams than failure ever did. Then, you see the rising ashes of what was once big GoalLook back and say “I wish I had.”
But you didn’t. You did not work as you promised yourself. Don’t surprise your partner with the weekend. You didn’t follow through on the great business idea you had. Instead, I took to YouTube to watch funny videos of kittens wearing kittens.
“Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s so much fun until you get the bill.” – Christopher Parker
Realizing that you’ve wasted your time, energy, and potential feels like you’re taking a bowling ball to your stomach. Imagine where your life might be instead if you took that small step a few years ago.
As a former lazy student and hard-working current employer, I am aware of procrastination issues.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to solving it – you have to think outside the box.
Adopt this mindset if your perfection is holding you back
“A lot of people spend a lot of time trying to perfect something before they actually do it. Instead of waiting for perfection, run with what you got, and fix it along the way…” – Paul Arden
Your point of view determines your reality. You can see the glass is half full or half empty – the water does not change but your interpretation does.
I used to be a perfectionist. But goodwill often means that I did nothing because the time, place, or position of Mercury toward the sun was inappropriate.
Now, this is where your point of view comes into play.
Instead of viewing a less-than-ideal result as wasted time, view it as a file Version 1.0 The cornerstone of the best you can do.
My first article was sloppy. My first rep in the gym were wobbly. My first dates were funny at best and annoying at worst.
You have to start somewhere.
Even if you don’t have the time, skills, or energy to produce perfection from the start, you can still do something of value.
- Submit one bid.
- Read one page.
- Do one exercise.
- Meditate for a minute.
- Eat one healthy meal.
That’s all you have to do.
Once you’ve rolled the ball, it’s easy to maintain momentum — and improve along the way.
This powerful realization will help you move forward if you are lacking in motivation
“Someone should tell us, at the beginning of our lives, that we are dying. Then we may live life to its fullest, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There’s only so much tomorrow.” Michael Landon Jr.
This is a harsh fact:
There is so much more to explore and experience on this earth than you will ever have time for.
Especially if you lack the motivation to make the bullshit happen.
But there is no reason for that Not Get excited if you spin the idea above a bit:
You will die – most likely before you are ready to do so.
This is all the motivation you need. I mean, look at the world around you. See the endless possibilities and opportunities, all the fun you can have, all the feelings you can feel, all the adventures you can take. And you want to leave it all on the table because you’re feeling lazy or want to scroll through memes instead?
I I know You understand this. On a basic level, you feel the same existential dread as everyone else. However, your ideas are often too far from making a real difference – a Netflix special is on right now, and it won’t be your death for a few decades.
But when you face the harsh reality of your limited life, it pushes you into gear.
Whenever I feel lazy and unmotivated, I fantasize about my death. Not in stomach rot, smashed into a car wreck somehow. But by picturing myself on my deathbed, I fall short of achieving all the things I wanted to achieve and experience because I procrastinated.
It’s not a nice feeling, but it’s a good motivation.
Because sometimes, all you need is a hard kick in the ass.
How to turn the script if you find excuses
“Justification is the process of not being aware of reality, but of trying to make reality fit one’s feelings.” – Ayn Rand
You can fool yourself into productivity the same way you fool yourself into procrastination.
When I went for walks with my dad, I got blisters on my foot because he’s obsessed with endurance – but I’ve also noticed an interesting pattern.
Every time you have a long, straight stretch of path in front of you, it feels endless. You count the steps and fear life’s choices. But as you make your way through a winding forest path where you can only see nearly a hundred meters ahead, your perception changes.
It seems more doable – all you have to do is walk from corner to corner, this is how procrastination works. “Only one video. Only five minutes. Only one nap.” Three hours pass as you jump from one hour to the next.
Cool thing: This also works in reverse.
When you want to quit smoking before you are done, tell yourself “Just one more time.”
Another page to read. One more line of code. Another exercise.With all “Again,” Not only do you accomplish more, but you also feel better motivated because you have overcome your lazy self.
You can easily fool your mind – so do it in a way that works for you.
This is how you can get rid of all the distractions
“When we clutter our lives with imagined commitments, unnecessary activities, and distractions that only kill time, we weaken our life force.” – Anne Catherine
Your environment affects you more than you can imagine.
Put yourself in a room with decent people and you’ll want to exercise. Entrepreneurs, you’ll want to build. Weed smokers, you’ll want to roll up and listen to Snoop Dog.
And if you surround yourself with distractions, well…
One notification on your phone is enough to suck you down a digital rabbit hole for hours. But you can eliminate most distractions with a simple technique called Environmental design.
Prepare your environment to work for you, rather than against you.
- Put your phone out of sight and within reach when you want to work
- Hide the TV remote control and replace it with a book
- Download a website blocker for your laptop
- cleaning process your desk so there’s nothing to distract you
- Set up your WiFi router to turn off at a certain time
The possibilities are endless.
Prepare your environment the right way and you’ll beat procrastination on autopilot.
A summary to help you beat procrastination
Every day, you get to choose.
You choose whether or not to look at your life in the future “I wish I had,” or “I’m so glad I did.”
If procrastination is controlling you, use one of the following four techniques:
- If you’re after perfection: Take small steps and frame your initial efforts as version 1.0.
- If you lack motivation: remember that you are going to die and you have no time to waste.
- If you find excuses: Trick your mind into doing more by breaking your work down into small parts, and telling yourself to do one more until you get it done.
- If you get easily distracted: Design your environment for focus and productivity.
“Truly happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the task at hand. It is full of enthusiasm, enthusiasm and productivity. You can be.” – Norman Vincent Peale