Picture this. You have a massive project coming up. You have the entire weekend to get it done. But there’s a voice in the back of your head that says: “Let’s do it later.” You accept, give in, and turn on your favourite show on Netflix. Sounds familiar?
Believe me, I've been there. I've always had a habit of getting things done at the very last minute. But over the past year, I've learned a few techniques to crush my tendency to procrastinate. And today, I’m going to show you how to put an end to yours for good.
1. Don’t Plan Sounds crazy, right? People tell you to write down the things that you need to get done. But here’s the problem. Planning leads to over-planning. Over-planning leads to perfectionism. And perfectionism leads to procrastination.
In the back of your mind, you already know what you need to do. Instead of crafting an endless to-do list: • Think of your highest priority task • Specify the steps to completion That’s it. Because if you want to maximise your results, you need to narrow your focus.
2. Think Ahead When you write things down, you're making a future plan. “I have to finish this project.” “I have to write this newsletter.” This is a problem. Even though your future self wants you to complete the task, your present self always prefers instant gratification.
Instead of thinking about what you have to do, ask yourself what would happen if you don’t do it. “If I don’t finish this project, I’ll be fired.” “If I don’t write this newsletter, I’ll lose subscribers.” This might sound extreme, but I can guarantee this works.
3. Deadlines It’s easy to make plans. But it’s hard to take action. That's why you must establish deadlines. Because if your actions are not time-bound, they will never be completed.
Look back at your highest priority task and ask yourself: “By when am I going to get this done?” It could be one hour, or it could be one week. Doesn’t matter. Because deadlines create urgency, and urgency drives results.
4. The Hardest Step There's always one thing that keeps you from completing a task. Now this might vary individually. But you have to understand what's holding you back and face it straight away. Let me show you how.
Suppose you need to hand in a project but you've been putting it off for weeks. Take a second and ask yourself: • What’s holding you back? • What’s made it impossible to get done? Take note of the root cause and concentrate your efforts on this single step.
5. The First Step Everything is now in place. You’ve identified your core task, set a deadline, and created a plan of action. But when it comes time to execute, something’s changed. You relapse into the procrastination cycle and find yourself back at square one.
There’s a simple solution to this. Focus on the first step. For example: If you have to complete a project, give yourself ten minutes to put it together. Build momentum, and let it take it over. Never let the size of the task hold you back from taking action.
6. Eat The Frog Remember your highest priority task? That's your frog. And there’s a reason this was the only one we discussed. Because it’s the most important, impactful and challenging task on your agenda.
Brian Tracy said it best: “Eat a live frog every morning and nothing worse will happen for the rest of the day.” So get your priority task done as soon as you wake up. Make it a quick and painless process. You won’t believe the impact this has on the rest of your day.
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How to stop procrastinating and get things done: 1. Don't over plan 2. Think of the worst case scenario 3. Set realistic deadlines 4. Identify your hardest step 5. Focus on the first step 6. Eat your frog as soon as possible
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