It can strike everyone. We live in techy world. Our phones are an extension of our hand. Once procrastination gets a grip on us, it can be challenging to shake it off.
My vision of a highly productive person is someone who focuses effortlessly on the job. Never succumbs to the deathly grip of procrastination.
You know the type.
The person who is sitting on the floor at the airport with their legs comfortably crossed. Their laptop is on their lap and still manages to get more done in an hour than we could get done in a day at the library.
Ridiculously productive people face the same procrastination challenges as the rest of us. How in the world do they shake off the grip of procrastination?
By using a calculated approach. By being mindful. They understand why they procrastinate. They apply specific strategies that beat procrastination before that deathly grip takes hold of them.
With the right strategies in place, you can kick procrastination to the curb.
- Figure Out Your Why.
When you aren’t in the mood to work, procrastination is like a pesky mosquito buzzing in your ear, “you need to check Twitter” or “it’s time for a pumpkin spice latte.”
Take a moment to reflect and figure out why you’re procrastinating. This could be the most productive step you take in getting rid of that pesky mosquito.
- Remove Your Obstacles.
Prior to getting started on a task, take a moment to identify the obstacles that are getting in your way.
Develop a plan to ensure those obstacles don’t. For instance, you may have an email about who liked your Facebook post. Or an invite to Pint Night at your local brewery. If you don’t do anything about it, you’ll keep going back to your inbox and get easily distracted by other emails.
Your strategy should get the distractions out of your inbox. By planning ahead and being mindful, you can maintain your focus and avoid procrastination.
It’s much harder to regain focus than it is to maintain it.
- Jump Right-In. No Matter What.
Ever had a time where it’s really hard to get started on something. I mean really hard.
Even when it’s something you love to do.
You might be staring at a blank Word document. That first step is difficult. Once you get going…typing that first sentence or even a paragraph – your mood improves and you’re smiling.
When you dive right in no matter what, your mood quickly improves. This helps you stay on task.
- Focus On Results.
Chances are, you don’t enjoy going to the dentist. Not many do. So why do you go?
It gets results.
Your dentist is quite good at making your pearly whites shine. You may go because having your dentist pick at your teeth for an hour is nowhere near the pain of a getting a cavity filled, a root canal, or a crown.
You go because the process is worth it.
Focus on this. Think about how great it’s going to feel to get things done and how much worse you’ll feel if you wait until the last minute and don’t give it your best effort.
- Forgive Yourself.
It does no good to beat yourself up when you look at that Facebook post. Or check Twitter. You may feel that punishing yourself will help you avoid procrastination in the future.
Beating yourself up sends you right back into the deathly grip of procrastination.
Loretta Holmes, MA CMHWC is an ADHD and Anxiety Coach at Bella ADHD Coaching and Bella Anxiety Coaching. Before pursuing a career in coaching, she worked as a special education teacher. Today, she combines her skills in teaching, psychology, and coaching to help humans feel like superheroes. Connect with Loretta at www.bellaadhdcoaching.com and at firstname.lastname@example.org