Change the way you view the task
We are more likely to procrastinate if we feel that an action is unpleasant or difficult. For example some people have an aversion to paperwork that is almost a medical condition! Often these tasks are compulsory, but some can be done away with once you examine their validity; some can be delegated or others even automated. The key is to not think the task is unpleasant, but instead to consider creative ways to complete them.
Review the task
Is this task really something you need to be doing? If the answer is yes, refer to number one, change the way you view it and apply creative solutions to solve it. What if the answer is no? Perhaps you have left this task so long, it is no longer valid: it no longer fits into your overall objectives or it no longer serves your goals. Review the task so you don’t spend any longer procrastinating on it!
Reframe your words
Our words are powerful carriers of our intention and can also determine our results. ‘I hate paperwork!’ ‘I should go on a diet!’ ‘I ought to make that call’. These statements are limiting, words such as ought, should, must, carry negative connotations. Instead use positive and proactive words which will energise and propel you to action.
Plan for action
You have a task that you have applied the first three tips to. You are ready to proceed and you don’t seem able. Well, what does your work space look like? Just as we need to clear clutter in our minds so we need to clear our work area. Now some people insist that they can only work within chaos, but for the majority of us there is nothing as liberating as a clear space!
Don’t wait until you feel like it, just do it! Easier said than done? Not really. All it takes is practice and determination. The more we get on with the task the less procrastination has a hold on us. We are more confident, we feel increasingly energised and the results are amazing!