Series: Getting Back On Track For Your Life of Purpose — 5 Ways On How To Stop Procrastinating

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Procrastination can really stop you in your tracks when you are laying the foundations for your life of Purpose. Are you among those people blocked or stopped by this?

I know that many people are constantly trying to find solutions to stop their procrastination so that they can get on with what they want to do in the world. It affects everyone from CEO’s to housewives to students. In fact, statistics have shown that 20% of the world’s population suffers from procrastination and this number has quadrupled in the last 20 years. I, personally, think the figures are higher than this.

The major signs of procrastination and lack of motivation is confusion, vagueness and a fuzzy mind about what you need to do and for what reason. If you are serious about wanting to stop procrastination, then check out the following 5 ways you can use to help yourself:

#1: Focus on your goals

This is among the most commonly used ways of stopping procrastination. The more you maintain your focus on your goals the easier it becomes to handle it. You can maintain your focus by doing simple things to help you remember your goals like creating a vision board.

Something else I know people have done successfully is write post-it-notes about their objectives and paste them in places where they see them regularly.

Just reading your goals several times a day is helpful or you can visualize yourself having attained your objectives. These practices will help you remain focused to your goals and that will help to dissolve the procrastination habit that can so easily build up.

#2: Get a good night’s rest and exercise regularly

This may sound like a corny cliche but it’s very true. Research has shown that a human being has more energy, can think better and able to prioritize far better when they exercise consistently and sleep well.

It’s important to choose the exercise you will do cleverly. Make it fun, interesting and something you are reasonably good at so you have some quick wins as you start. It also helps if it gives you a good cardio work out as that is great for changing your blood chemistry and tiring you physically so that you sleep better.

#3: Set realistic deadlines

When you have goals to be achieved, set realistic deadlines to accomplish them. By setting a definite and achievable time frame for yourself, you can do something to curb your procrastinating habit. If you don’t do this you’ll find that you scare yourself with a deadline you can’t possibly make and then freeze!

#4: Get it done, not perfect

The most common behaviour driver that causes procrastination is a a wish to get it perfectly done — to produce an outstanding piece of work!

However don’t work too long to get everything perfect, the idea is to ensure it is done — but not perfect. It will never be perfect! Life is about getting good enough drafts done and then tweaking a bit — then letting it go.

Part of any endeavour is consistently refining things as you get feedback on what is not working and what is working. Success means getting it done well enough to float it out there in the world. That’s it. Job done.

#5: Do something difficult early in the day

Hardship or difficulty is pretty inevitable in your life so the sooner you learn how to see it as an interesting challenge for your creativity the easier it will be.

That way you can schedule a short creative brainstorm session when your energy is high to begin. Then see how that goes….. No unrealistic expectations of what you will produce….. Just a bit of fun time getting some thoughts down. Then leave it. Go back again the next day when your energy is high. Rinse and repeat.

Work with these different strategies and see which ones help. Procrastination is largely about mindset and breaking the habit of demanding perfection from yourself. Have a go and don’t be hard on yourself as you learn how to break this mindset.

This article is part of my June series on Regaining Focus… so watch this space for more ideas and support.
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Best-selling Digital Communicator on the Science, Psychology, Soma and Soul of Compassion in Action

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