Procrastination should be a four letter word!!
As much as I hate to admit it, I have been a life long procrastinator!!
Wow... it really feels great to get that off my chest and expose my dark little secret to the bright light of day.. lol
Now, you would have never known it just to look at me or my accomplishments... I am one of those people that works extremely well under pressure and produces some of their best work at the last minute. But its definitely, so much nicer to be able to plan things out and achieve them over time... much more relaxing and stress-free... the way life should be.
The opposite of PROCRASTINATION is ACTION
I know... if only it were that easy to change all of those excuses we use on a daily basis, into positive, immediate action. Well, its not so hard to begin changing those habits once you know that you have them. Whenever you have one of those procrastinating thoughts, immediately change it into its positive opposite.
" I can't sit and begin this article for my web site, I have to go and... um... scrub that dirty grout in my shower... yeah... that grout isn't going to scrub itself."
Instead, say to yourself " Yeah, the grout needs to be cleaned, but I'm gonna write my first few sentences before I do it."
You may lose the battle of wills at first, but each and every time you recognize those procrastination thoughts, and consciously decide to do a little of the task your trying to put off, before you allow the procrastination to win.... it will get easier to stay on task.
It also helps to know when you are most productive, and to try to accomplish most of your to-do list during that time period. I have found that my most productive time is in the morning and early afternoon, so I make sure to take full advantage of those most productive hours and accomplish at least 80% of my tasks while my mind and body are still working FOR me, not AGAINST me.
I find it works best when I outline my tasks or goals, then break them down into bite-sized steps and give myself deadlines in which to accomplish them. Somehow, seeing them written out on paper, and checking off the steps as they are completed makes it feel like I have accomplished something. I like to see my progress in black and white, not just 'knowing' that I have done it in my head