Are you a chronic procrastinator?. OK, so we all procrastinate at times but do you find yourself living in a SWILL of procrastination?. Is this dominating your life and holding you back?
How to get things done – here is the KEY
SO, why do we procrastinate in the first place?. People come up with all kinds of creative reasons as to why NOW is just not the right time. The answers usually appear in this list below.
1) NO Time. (Too busy).
2) Too Broke
3) Too Stressed.
4) Too Risky
5) Too Uncertain
6) Too Inexperienced
7) Too Old. or Too Young.
Now occasionally these reasons can be valid, but more often or not, they are simply excuses to avoid the real work and emotional discomfort required in making real changes in our lives. It’s much easier to think about the idea but put it OFF, than it is to actually go out and do whatever it takes right NOW.
FEAR also plays a big part in procrastination. HOW?
How To Get Things Done – Why Fear Is Messing With Your Head
Fear is that instinctive emotion that is designed to protect us from pain. However, it can also stop us obtaining the pleasure we seek, simply because even being afraid, feels a whole lot more safer than being BOLD..
Hanging on to fear can screw with our brains and lead us into fantasy. Some people actually believe that if we put things off long enough, somehow they will all of a sudden “work themselves out”.. This is delusional as most things never fix themselves and in many cases can only get worse and become more difficult to put right, the longer they are put off.
Fear grows. Playing “safe” becomes more habitual, the older we get. I’ve spoken many times about the “comfort zone” and how paralyzing this can become, the longer we live there. Procrastination lives in the comfort zone, and bathes in human fear.
Strategies To Kill Off Procrastination And “Kick Start” Your Life
1) Always write down clear precise goals and give each one a deadline. Any goal without a deadline can always give you an opportunity to procrastinate.. Deadlines are final. Fit the task into the time allotted.
2) Break down your goal into smaller chunks. Instead of going for one big goal all at once, chunk it down into a series of smaller goals, this way it won’t seem so overwhelming at first but provided you follow each of the smaller steps, WILL still be obtained.
3) Harness fear. If there really was a live “Devil” on Earth, this would probably be it. Fear keeps us poor and really stops millions of people enjoying their true lives. Also, most fear is NOT real. Why be afraid of something that is FALSE most of the time. It is usually right up there with “Worry”.. the worry of an outcome that may never happen, this keeps us “fearful”.
As I said most fears are NOT real. Some are, but most are NOT.
You can harness fear by enlisting an accountability partner. Some one who is NOT as fearful as you. Someone who you feel comfortable with telling them your fears and someone you can trust with your goals, perhaps an old friend.
Now ask them to hold you accountable. You set the agenda, the tasks and the time limits to finish them. You accountability partner is there to ensure you complete, on time. Believe me, once you have completed tasks on time, the fear will soon VANISH, and you will not need an accountability partner any more..
How To Get Things Done – The Final Chapter.
The best way to get any task completed on time is to chink it down into portions. Here’s an example.
When I used to create products, I used to set the task first. Maybe it was to create a video course and a PDF (eBook). I would set a 2hr time frame to complete the PDF. I would not get up out of that seat until I had completed it.
NO coffee, no Facebook, No eMail, No comfort break, NO phone calls, NOTHING.. always Complete the task first before you do anything else.. I would then do this with each and every one of the videos I created for the video course too.
This way, you will get things done in half the time, as you wont get distracted answering calls & emails.
Once you continually do this, procrastination becomes a thing of the past. A lifetime habit (good or bad) can be changed by continually practicing the opposite. In a matter of 21 days or less, most habits can be broken. Procrastination is no exception.
And finally as we say goodbye to this article on how to get things done. Don’t forget to REWARD yourself. When you overcome anything, at any stage always give yourself a reward. You deserve it.. you’ve broken the mould, you’ve beaten PROCRASTINATION..
SUMMARY: Most fears are not real, we allow fear to mess with our heads and we put off most things through fear of the unknown. This can escalate into full blown procrastination. Make a decision now to end procrastination once and for all. If you want to feel, be, become empowered both in mind, body and your bank account, click this link to join me and my friendly team.