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Whatever your profession you have, your time should be something precious that only happens at once. On the other hand, procrastination is something that impacts everyone at one point or another in their life, today I want to give some simple ways to stop procrastination to those who suffer from constant procrastination and need a solution to try to be better about getting things done in a timely fashion.
The end of the day is nearing and you haven’t accomplished everything you were supposed to do today. This is the norm for anyone who procrastinates on a regular basis. Sometimes we just get so caught up with our own thoughts, family, or other things going on that we procrastinate in certain areas of life. This will really be very stressful and annoying. Even it might ruin your life.
Before we go further, let me share some great books about time management that I really love. They are very inspiring and motivating for me.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free ProductivityTo-Do List Formula: A Stress-Free Guide To Creating To-Do Lists That Work!Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of LessEat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You ThinkDesign Your Day: Be More Productive, Set Better Goals, and Live Life On PurposeHands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!
Simple Ways to Stop Procrastination
Recognize that you’re a Procrastinator
In order to stop doing something, you first need to recognize that you’re doing it. When you’ve started to put various tasks off on a regular basis, you start to lose focus. No more are you able to meet deadlines or accomplish much during your day to day life because procrastination has taken over. One way to know if you’ve become a procrastinator is to ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you fill your day with low priority tasks?
- Do you start a high priority task and then go make coffee or tea?
- Do you wait to be in the right mood or mindset to complete a high priority task?
If you answered yes to any of these three questions, then it’s quite clear you need to use my simple ways to stop procrastination so that you can start getting things done right and on time.
Make a Commitment
Now that you’ve realized that you’re a procrastinator, it’s okay, you may forgive yourself. It’s time now to make a commitment to move towards removing procrastination from your life. Today you are going to commit to making new changes in your life that allow you to be more reliable and focus on getting those high and low priority tasks completed every day.
Purchase a Planner
Alongside making a commitment to get things done and remove procrastination from your life, you need to get the tools necessary to support your commitment. Purchasing a planner will help you create a day to day schedule as well as rate tasks based on a priority level. When you use a planner to develop a daily routine and list out tasks by priority, you’ll automatically stop your bad habit of procrastination.
Write Tasks in Planner
Your first step in using your planner to stop procrastination is to write down your daily tasks in the planner. You can do this on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, that part is completely up to you. Once you’ve written in your daily, weekly or monthly tasks in the planner, it’s time to go back through and rate each of those tasks as a low, medium or high priority.
Complete High Priority First
Since high priority tasks are ones that essentially must be completed, you need to use your planner to stop procrastination by focusing first on those high priority tasks for each day. Once you’ve completed those high priority tasks, move onto your medium and then onto the lower priority tasks. This will help you stay focused and motivated as you check off tasks in your planner that have been completed.
Write a reward in your planner that you will receive at the end of each week for accomplishing all of your tasks. You can reward yourself weekly with something like a sweet treat, one task removed from the following week or anything that will make you feel good about using your planner to stop procrastination in its tracks.
Using my simple ways to stop procrastination will help inspire you to get more things done and have more free time. When you learn how to manage your day to day tasks using a planner, you start to be more efficient with the time you have and in turn create more time to spend with family and friends.
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