3 Simple Steps to Beat Procrastination & Increase Productivity

July 11, 2011 By: Janna Chin Category: Mind Body Spirit

Do you find yourself procrastinating and avoiding things you know you should be doing? Does procrastination get in the way of your peace of mind and livelihood?

Procrastination is something that we all do to one extent or another. We’ve all been there. We put off tasks or projects that we’re not excited about until the last minute. Meanwhile, our “to do list” gets out of control, everything piles up, and we feel so stressed out we want to scream, “Calgon take me away!”

Why Do We Procrastinate?

Procrastination helps us to avoid unpleasant activities we don’t want to do. Procrastination allows us to temporarily enjoy an escape from dreaded tasks by creating a distraction, giving us the illusion of relief. Unfortunately, procrastination tricks us into thinking that we can relax and enjoy ourselves; when in reality, our stress and tension only continues to build.

Procrastination the Productivity Buster

Procrastination affects your time management and productivity for several reasons. Procrastination causes you to feel guilty and weighs you down. It’s a heavy feeling on your shoulders that takes up unneccssary energy that you could be using to bring in more money for your business. Guilt can cause physical illnesses, anxiety, and depression. It affects your mindset and tricks you into thinking and feeling like you’re “not good enough.”

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” – Don Marquis

The very act of procrastinating naturally makes you dread the tasks you’ve been avoiding even more. It takes away your joy. There’s always a nagging voice in the back of your mind reminding you that you still have so much more to do. How can you relax with this nagging voice continually berating at you?

Eventually the dreaded tasks pile up and catch up to you, creating even more anxiety and stress in the long run.

Sometimes, people who procrstinate feel like they have to complete a task from start to finish. Setting high expectations of completing a task all at once causes additional stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. One way to beat procrastination is to lower your expectations and start with bite size pieces of the project. The important thing is just to get started so there is no accumalated stress from those dreaded projects!

3 Simple Steps to Beat Procrastination

A simple and easy way to beat procrastination is to create a Procrastination Action Plan. By creating an action plan, you will have a step by step tool to help you take active action to begin being more productive.

Answer the follow questions to create your Procrastination Action Plan:

Step One. Think about what your procrastination habits are, what excuses or reasons do you tell yourself to avoid those projects? By dentifying your procrastination habits, you will be be consciously aware of your procrastination cycle. With a new found awareness, you will be able to take action to create change and produce results.

Step Two. How do you procrastinate? What exactly do you do to avoid starting to work on dreaded projects? When you identify the specific ways you procrastinate and are mindful of your tendencies to procrastinate, you can use them to signal yourself to take action against avoiding dreaded projects and instead refer to your action plan and get to work!

Step Three. Identify specific steps you can take to break your procrastinating habits. Once you’ve identified the excuses and explainations you tell yourself to avoid the dreaded projects and are aware of the things you do to avoid them, you can replace those bad habits with new action steps that will get you to being more efficient and productive. This way, everytime you start to make excuses and have the urge to avoid certain tasks, you’ll know exactly what’s happening and will have specific action steps to beat procrastination and be more productive.

Everyone has been guilty of procrastination at some point or another. But putting off dreaded tasks only causes you more stress in the long run. Save yourself time and avoid unneccessary stress by creating a procrastination action plan. Beat procrastination and create productivity. You will feel a big load off and may even feel a burst of unexpected energy!

Janna Chin, M.A. is a Holistic Coach, ready to take you to the next level. Fill Your Cup Up, Inc.


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