Raise your hand if you’ve ever been guilty of procrastinating? Yep. We have all been there. Whether it’s cleaning out your closet, finishing an assignment, or getting motivated to exercise, we can all relate to running it down to the wire on meeting a deadline.
And, to be honest, it’s perfectly normal to procrastinate from time to time but there comes a point when we may need to get real with ourselves and recognize when it becomes a problem. If you’re guilty of procrastinating more often than you should, take a peek at these six steps to help get motivated to change your procrastination habit.
They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem and procrastination is no different. If you’re constantly missing deadlines, scrambling to get things done at the last minute, or putting off starting a lifestyle change, you’re probably guilty of procrastinating. If there’s something on your to-do that lingers day after day - yep, you’re a procrastinator.
When we keep putting something on the back burner, there is always a reason. Do you loathe the task? Is it boring? Maybe it’s too intimidating? Stop and think about it for a few minutes and realize your feelings towards whatever the task is. Ask yourself what it is about the to-do item that is so off-putting. Once you figure out why you keep putting it off, you’ve reached the root of the problem.
If you aren’t using a calendar, you need to start. You’ll wonder why you didn’t start using one sooner! Fill out the calendar as much as you can at least for the week ahead but preferably for the entire month. This will help you visualize days and times where you have room to schedule yourself time to tackle your to-do list.
Sometimes tasks can seem overwhelming and they truly can be a lot to take on, but that doesn’t mean they’re impossible. Break down large tasks into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Not only will this help you find the motivation to accomplish the task bit by bit, but it will also help you build momentum by giving you a sense of accomplishment with each milestone you complete.
For most people, not all hours of the day are created equal. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Do you get your second wind in the afternoon? Think about the time of day or day of the week when you feel the most energetic. Leverage that energy by strategically scheduling your to-do time during that time of day.
Just because you’ve been a habitual procrastinator your entire life doesn’t mean that you have to be a procrastinator for the rest of it. If your “why” - your reason for wanting to accomplish a goal - is big enough, you’ll find a way to make it happen. Believe in yourself. It’s never too late to change.
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