I am an avid gamer, having literally played almost every one of those video games on the market and a proud owner of a level 85 Mage on World of Warcraft and a level 50 Diablo 3 Demon Hunter. And yes, you might have guessed it – I’m a geek. Over the past few days, I have been wasting countless hours on popular video games like Skyrim, Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft and there’s a deadline looming. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything. How To Beat Procrastination?
Procrastination, everyone is familiar with this phenomenon. In fact, everyone procrastinates! When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier. Wasting years of your life looped in this cycle - Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. Beat procrastination, and increase productivity in your life.
As the old saying goes “Time is Money”. Procrastination is a bad habit that eats way our success in life second by second. I am going to provide a few tips to beat procrastination with great success.
The main reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. The best tip to beat procrastination? – Break the workload down into little parts, then focus on one part at a time. After a while, you realise your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “I can do it in just 5 minutes, why not do it now?”.
For example, I’m currently writing an e-book on Internet Marketing and creating a successful Website. By splitting the writing down into different phases such as:
- Deciding the topic
- Creating the outline
- Drafting the content
- Attractive titles etc.
It fits perfectly into an excellent puzzle to beat procrastination which seems extremely manageable after breaking down the phases. After all…
Every small step forward brings us closer to another milestone.
The old, traditional method of dragging your feet and grinding through the phases seem quite boring not motivational enough. I frequently use a method called “Goal-Gift” which I learnt through Neuro-Linguistic Programming which uses successful strategies of goal setting to beat procrastination and reach my long term goal.
The key to “Goal-Gift” is setting realistic goals and targets for the next 30 days like “Post 10 posts on 4 different forums everyday” or “Write a guest post every 2 days”. At the end of 30 days, review the experience and see how you did! If you did well, give yourself a pat on the back! Go to the store and buy the latest video game or go on a shopping spree – anything that can help you de-stress. After a few months of “Goal-Gift”, the traffic on your blog will significantly improve and before you know it, your website will start to make money when you beat procrastination. When you start winning that game a number of things will happen…you’ll get more traffic, more attention and higher rankings in the search engines…which will be a nice reward for all of your hard work to beat procrastination. (Quite literally a level up)
“Goal-Gift” not only motivates you to reach your goals, but helps you to have a good habit to beat procrastination and start working today!
Follow the strategy, beat procrastination and over time you’ll win.