Finally you have decided that maybe you should find out how to stop procrastinating. It must be a Monday, or your birthday, or maybe the new year.
Whatever the reason learn how to stop procrastinating in 6 simple steps, it can change your life.
I know you have goals, ideas and plans, if only you could stop procrastinating and start working on them, then we both know you could reach them.
There are 6 simple steps you need to take to change from inaction to action.
1. Ask yourself, do you really want it or is it just assumed you should have it?
Many people have societal goal, ones that society tells us we should do.. We ‘should’ get a good education, we ‘should’ get a 9-5 job, we ‘should’ find a mate and get married and then we ‘should’ buy a house and have 2.5 children.
But tell me, is that what you really want?
Whatever you want to stop procrastinating over, first decide if you really do want it for yourself.
If you do, brilliant, lets get working. If you don’t, ditch the guilt that you don’t want it, and work towards something you do.
2. When do you want it by?
There is no point saying I want to reach my goal if you don’t have an end date, that simply allows you to be working towards it and getting nowhere forever.
Do you want it in a week? A month? A year? 5 years?
Be realistic. You are not going to save $15,000 in two weeks, nor are you going to run a marathon in a month or get the education and then job of your dreams in a few days.
If you are unsure how long it will take, do a little research, #ilovegoogle
We procrastinate because we think the job is boring or too hard. So before we can work out how we are going to do something, prepare to sit down and spend some time planning it.
You need a little time for yourself. This is to get you from where you are now to where you want to be. If you really do want it, there is no point half assing it. Put in the effort, and while you’re at it, make it fun!
Turn the tv off. Turn your favourite tunes on. Grab a calendar, pens, paper, stickers, glitter; whatever you need to enjoy yourself as you do this.
Get a drink, some snacks and turn off social media. Then sit down and jump to step 4.
4. P L A N
If you want to stop procrastinating then you need to know what step you need to take next. Having an idea in your head is only going to get you so far.
You have your goal, and your timeline. Now you need to break it down and work out the best way for YOU to get there.
*Note, it is important that you work out the best path for YOU, not your neighbour, not your friend or the person at work. YOU. Many people may have done this before, that’s great, brilliant in fact, it means there are many different ways of doing it and you can look through them all and find the best way that suits YOU.
5. Cut it up.
Now you have a goal. And you have a timeline. You also have a plan. Great.
Now take you plan and cut it up. Make it smaller. Much smaller.
Look at the large steps you need to reach in your plan and break them down. We are talking about small daily or weekly steps you need to take.
6. Be accountable
You have your steps. Great. Job done… Yes your job is done if you don’t want to reach your goals. You need to be accountable for your actions. Even if it is just to yourself.
Use your diary. Enter the steps you need to take, set a reminder, if it’s a hard copy diary you look at every day, you will see your tasks. If you use a digital calendar, it will send you a reminder if you set it up. This way your brain can be filled with the boring stuff like what to wear.
*Want to know what is even better? What will really help you achieve your goals?
Find a friend. An accountability buddy. And not one that puts their hand up and says sure i’ll help…. Someone who means it. Someone who wants you to succeed.
If you don’t have that person in your life right now you have a few options, you can go online and ask for one on social media in a group for people who are working towards meeting the same goal as you. Or you can get yourself a life coach. Invest in yourself so you reach those goals you’ve only been dreaming of before now.
Now this is a little sticky point for me. I find people without guidance use this as a way to lose sight of where they are, of what they’ve achieved or they lose sight of the end game.
Yes you want to reward yourself for taking the steps necessary to reach your goals. BUT you don’t want to get stuck in celebrating, or thinking this is the closest i’ve ever been, ‘yay me’ and then quit because it’s easier.
If you are going to reward yourself you must make sure you do it as a motivation to keep going!!
Not an excuse to go back to old habits.
If you sincerely want to reach your goals, if you sincerely want to stop procrastinating and instead move forward with your life. Then take a deep breath, and begin. Start at step one.
In fact, tell me below, what is your goal? Why do you want it? Tell me in the comments below.
You may feel like you still need some help, even to take the first few steps, I get it, it can be overwhelming or scary, both admitting what you really want, and then even more so when you decide you are ready to work towards getting it.
This is why i’m here. I’m here to help you reach your goals. If you can’t (or don’t want to) break the cycle of procrastination by yourself, then contact me. Together we are stronger and together we can turn dreams into reality.
“If you believe you can accomplish everything by “cramming” at the eleventh hour, by all means, don’t lift a finger now. But you may think twice about beginning to build your ark once it has already started raining”
― Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead