7 Productivity Tips Every Procrastinator Should Try
While it hasn’t been proven, it’s very possible that a majority of people in the world are procrastinators. When you put off doing the things you have to do, you rob yourself of the chance to grow, succeed, earn more money and lead a happier, stress-free life. These seven tips will help you beat procrastination once and for all.
1. Set a lot of alarms. In order to transition from sleepy to awake-enough-to-handle-the-day, you need to get up with plenty of time to spare. Make it difficult to continually hit the snooze button by putting your alarm clock across the room or even in a different room. You can also download an alarm app that makes you complete a series of steps before it turns off. By the time you finally get your alarm off, you’ll be too awake to drift back to sleep.
2. Write everything out the night before. That way, when your alarm goes off in the morning, you won’t spend time in bed worrying or wondering about what it is you have to do over the next few hours. Some of the world’s most successful people, like Ian MacKechnie of Amscot, prepare for their day the night before.
3. Put things out to make your mornings run smoothly. Whether it’s what you’re grabbing for breakfast or your outfit for the day, setting everything up the night before will make it easy to go through the motions and get out the door. You’ll also avoid frantically searching for that black blouse you thought was clean but is actually in the laundry. Plus, you can set your alarm for a few minutes later since you’ve already done a few things ahead of time.
4. Keep distractions to a minimum. Most people can’t do a lot of things at once. If listening to the radio distracts you from work or the TV keeps you from thoroughly cleaning your house, get rid of those distractions. Instead, put on music that energizes you to get work done or listen to white noise so you can focus better.
5. Reward yourself for staying on schedule. If you complete something when you plan to, or, better yet, ahead of time, give yourself some kind of reward, whether it’s a slice of chocolate cake or a manicure.
6. What is it that you’re doing while you’re procrastinating? Maybe those things are important to you. There’s nothing wrong will indulging in some reality TV or social media surfing. Schedule time to do those things so you don’t feel like you’re missing out. Set a timer for yourself, though, so you don’t spend too much time on not-so-important items.
7. Snack on foods that give you energy, not ones that zap your energy. Protein-rich snacks and meals will keep your energy high.
Procrastination is such an easy habit to give in to, but it doesn’t have to stay that way.