I bet you're procrastinating right now.
Here's 7 ways to beat it so that you don't miss out on life and business opportunities that matter to you:
1\ Quit after 5 minutes
Getting started is the hardest part.
We imagine how much of a pain in the butt our task is, which stops us dead in our tracks.
Conquer that inertia by working for just 5 minutes and then let yourself quit.
Yup, give yourself permission to stop after 300 seconds.
But often you'll end up working for way more than that.
It's just that getting started is the hardest part.
So lower the bar instead.
It won't make your task any less of a slog, but it solves the hardest part: starting.
2\ Small chunk tasks
Break up projects into their separate moving parts.
Break up those parts into even smaller parts
Repeat until they're small enough for you to wrap your mind around.
What's the easiest way to eat an elephant?
Cliche, but true.
3\ Set clear goals
Defined goals help you with:
Lack of clarity injects uncertainty.
And uncertainty kills action.
Avoid that by setting quantified goals.
"Raise website visits by 35% in the next four months."
4\ Clear your visual space
Remove distractions from your screen and physical environment.
Close unused apps on your taskbar and remove the piles of paper on your desk.
Put your phone in another room.
And for God's sake don't have dozens of browser tabs open.
5\ Choose silence
Music can be a motivation or distraction
If you do play it choose titles with:
- No lyrics
- Lyrics in a language you don't understand
On especially cognitively demanding tasks: stick to songs you know well so your brain doesn't have to process new rhythms
6\ Track your time
I use toggl.com to know:
- How long I work
- What I'm working on
I pair it with rescuetime.com to know:
- When I work
- When I play
- The % breakdown of my work categories
- The % breakdown of my play categories
7\ Live with imperfection
Perfectionism immobilizes our mind.
Be ok with imperfection in your work.
Unless you're working in industries (law, fintech, etc) that demand perfection (or near perfection), be comfortable with prioritizing consistent delivery over perfection.
Seven ways to conquer procrastination:
1) Quit after 5 minutes
2) Small chunk tasks
3) Set clear goals
4) Clear your visual space
5) Choose silence
6) Track your time
7) Live with imperfection