On today’s episode of The Mindset Mentor Podcast, we go through 6 steps to overcome procrastination. One of the main things that holds anyone back from achieving their goals is procrastination. It is literally the thief of your joy.
But if you want to build the life that you want, you’re going have to figure out how to get past this bad habit. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, build a business, etc… and if you’re guilty of procrastination… then this is the episode you need to help you move forward.
The first step in overcoming your procrastination is going to be understanding what it is, and why you do it. Then I’m also going to give you practical strategies that you can actually apply to your life right away to get started beating your procrastination, and upgrade your life.
Here’s the 6 steps to overcoming procrastination.
1. Recognize and acknowledge that procrastination is something that you do.
This is tricky because it’ll mask itself in different ways such as, “I’m hungry”, “I need a nap”, etc. If you’re consistently finding yourself delaying tasks that are really important… there’s a pretty good change you’re procrastinating.
2. Understand your triggers.
For some, procrastination comes from an underlying cause. Ie: You’re afraid of failure, you’re afraid of being judged… and for some others you procrastinate because you have trained yourself to immediate gratification. No matter what your triggers are, you have to identify them so you can start to make a plan for what you can do the next time you’re triggered.
3. Start breaking down your tasks into smaller, more manageable parts.
A lot of time procrastination attacks you, because your brain is thinking of too many things all at once causing paralysis by analysis. Breaking your tasks down into smaller “sub-tasks” will make things less daunting.
4. Get better at your time management.
Some techniques you can try are the Pomodoro Timer. They have physical timers you can purchase, but there’s actually a FREE version online that I personally use and everyone has access. You can also batch your tasks, by figuring out which tasks you have that you can accomplish in pairs.
5. Set specific, and achievable goals.
Instead of saying something like, “Work on the report”, you can say something like, “Write introduction to report by 10 am.”
6. Reward yourself!
If your present self wants immediate procrastination… then how could you make that happen as soon as you accomplish something? Some examples would be getting to celebrate yourself with things that you love. Like a short break, cup of coffee, or anything else that feels like a treat and will bring you a small hit of dopamine.
Everyone in the world has to face procrastination, but what I want you to know is that the secret to getting ahead in life is just getting started. Even if that’s just one step at a time.
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