How To Prevent Procrastination – No More Lies!
It’s no secret that most of us like to put things away into the future. “I will start exercising tomorrow“, “I will apply for this job tomorrow“, “I will start reading next week” and so on.
The main problem with this kind of mindset is, you will most likely never start doing those things that you put away. And not only you won’t do those things that you planned to do, but you will also procrastinate on everything else that comes to your mind.
It’s a big issue and it’s often mistaken with laziness. See, if you’re lazy, you decide NOT to do specific activities. If you’re procrastinating, you decide to DO other activities instead of those that you’ve planned on doing.
For example, you might decide to play some video games instead of exercising. That is procrastination. You tell yourself that you will exercise tomorrow but tomorrow comes and you decide to play even more video games.
And the day of exercising never really comes.
Procrastination becomes a very serious problem if you put away important things. For example, you might need to prepare for an exam and you have a whole month to do that.
But days pass and you keep telling yourself that you’re going to study tomorrow. You keep this going until it’s actually too late to study and then you feel terrible and stressed.
Not only do you feel stressed and terrible, you also face the consequences of procrastinating – in this example, you fail the exam (or barely make it).
Procrastinating is one of the main reasons why most people fail to succeed at anything.
I know, it might feel good to watch cat videos all day long, or watch your favorite shows on TV instead of studying or working on your goals.
But if you fail to see how procrastinating is actually ruining your life, you are on the road to achieve nothing in your life.
Do you WANT to be that kind of person? No? Good! Then let’s see how to prevent procrastination.
How To Prevent Procrastination – Terrible Habit!
It could be easy to prevent procrastination or it could be very hard to prevent it, it all depends on how much it’s rooted into your subconscious mind.
If you don’t do it too often, then chances are, you won’t find it very hard to break this bad habit. On the other hand, if this habit is controlling your life, you might find it very hard to prevent procrastinating at first.
One thing for sure, it won’t happen overnight. It will take some effort, but it’s worth it, because your quality of life will improve a lot!
Tell Other People You Are Going To Do It!
Telling someone that you are going to do a specific thing will decrease the chance of you procrastinating.
For example, let’s say you tell a few of your friends that you are going to start reading books. Once they hear that, most likely they will be asking you how’s it going with those books.
As small as it sounds, you might not want to let anyone down and you’ll want to prove that you can commit to your goals.
We all know at least one person who is CONSTANTLY telling everyone (for example) how he’s going to start exercising, eat healthier and so on.
But as time passes, you see that he’s only playing video games on his couch with burgers stuffed in his mouth all day long.
You can’t really trust a person like that, can you?
That’s why telling your friends or family about your goals or projects is a good thing. You’ll want to display that image of yourself as a person who stays true to his words.
While getting motivated might not be the best long-term solution, it can definitely help you start!
The first step is always the hardest, so it’s a good idea to get some motivation that could help you take the first step towards your desired goal.
My favorite way to get motivated, is to watch some motivational speakers on YouTube.
Sometimes when I’m feeling like procrastinating, motivational videos REALLY help me to prevent this bad habit.
Also, when watching motivational videos, you listen to the most successful people on earth. That means, you will be attaining new wisdom and knowledge from them which you can apply to your life.
Here are a few motivational videos that I really enjoy:
Set Small And Achievable Goals
We tend to procrastinate, because we need to do things that might seem like a lot of work and it sounds really boring.
Why not play some video games, instead of writing some boring essay for your homework, right?
When something sounds really hard and boring, you simply don’t want to do it, so you choose to do something else that takes minimal effort from your side.
I’ve been there and done that.
What really helps me prevent procrastination, is dividing my goals into small steps.
For example, writing articles every day is a lot of work and it sounds hard. So, what I do, is set small steps for writing.
My first step – write at least 200 words.
My second step – write 300 more words.
After that I take a small break to clear my mind.
My third step – write 500 more words.
If I feel tired, I’ll take another small break.
And my fourth step – I finish the article with as many words as needed.
Notice how I increase the word count with each step? I do this, because at first, even 200 words seem quite a lot.
But once I START writing, I start getting all kinds of ideas and complete this first step within 10-20 minutes.
Then I increase the word count with each step, because it gets easier and easier once I see that I’ve already written like 800-1000 words.
This is just my example. Whatever you do, try to divide your goals into small steps. Steps that you can easily achieve, so “Mr. Procrastination” wouldn’t come along and steal you from achieving your goals!
Eliminate Your Distractions
There are so MANY distractions in our lives which make us procrastinate.
You have to identify all your distractions and try to eliminate them from your life or at least for the time you’re working on your goal.
For example, if you’re writing something like an essay, don’t leave the TV on. It won’t allow you to fully focus on the task at hand.
You might not even notice how you ended up on the couch eating chips and watching a documentary about female spiders that kill and eat the male spider after “making love to each other”. And yes, the spider part is true!
A lot of people spend most of their time on social medias, scrolling through thousands of memes like zombies every day.
Social networking is bad for your mental health and you should avoid it as much as you can. It won’t allow you to achieve your goals, because you’ll be spending way too much time on something useless like tagging your friends on memes all day long.
While social media might not be the only distraction in your life, it could be the biggest one, so make sure to spend less time on it.
Don’t Wait For Tomorrow
We always tend to put things away for tomorrow or even a later date. Like I’ve said before, you’ll probably keep putting it away and it will never happen.
So, whenever you decide to push your goal to a later date, just tell yourself that you are going to do it today.
Tell yourself that you are capable of doing it now and there is no reason to push it away any further.
Don’t give excuses and don’t wait for a “perfect time” to do something. The perfect time is right now.
When you procrastinate, you only lie to yourself. So, stop lying to yourself! Be the person you want to be…
Hang Out With Non-Procrastinators
The people you hang out the most will influence you without you even realizing it.
If you constantly go out with friends who have bad habits like procrastination, then chances are, you will develop this habit as well.
Try hanging out with people who are taking their goals seriously.
Also, ask for help and advise when it comes to reaching your goals.
For example, if you want to have a fit body, nobody will hit you in the face (hopefully) if you ask for advice from people who already have a great body shape.
Ask how they achieved their goal, what worked and what didn’t work for them. Simply try to understand how to achieve that specific goal.
You might get some great advice that you would’ve never found otherwise.
Create A Routine
When it comes to small things like washing the dishes or cleaning the room, we tend to procrastinate on those things the most. Why should you wash those stupid dishes, right?
Those “small things” will continue developing your bad habit of procrastination and you’ll do it more and more.
Set a daily routine to prevent procrastination.
Your daily routines should consist of things that you always procrastinate on. Things like exercising, reading, meditating, cooking, housework and so on.
If you hold on to your routine, it will make you feel really good, because you’re accomplishing the tasks you’ve set to yourself.
Whenever you accomplish a task or goal, you should reward yourself in some way.
Get creative here. Don’t fill your stomach with junk food or something like that just because you did something productive.
For example, when I wake up, I don’t eat breakfast until I exercise, meditate and read a book. When I do all of those 3 things, then I reward myself with a healthy breakfast.
It makes me feel really good when I reward myself for doing a set of tasks.
Are You Going To Take Action?
So, now that you know how to prevent procrastination, will YOU take action and become the best version of yourself?
Even with the best advice in the world, you are not going to stop procrastinating if you can’t beat your own mind.
Take control of your life. Don’t lie to yourself every time you have to do something.
It takes hard work and dedication to stop procrastinating completely, but consistency will always bring good results!
Do you procrastinate a lot? How do you deal with procrastination? Comment below!