You can train yourself to procrastinate less and get more done.
Here are 8 strategies to motivate you when you need to get things done.
Get Fired Up - This strategy works well when your at the end of your rope and have to get something done. Start by thinking about the consequences that can result from putting things off, and then kick yourself in to action.
Get Organized - getting rid of unnecessary clutter makes it easy to stay on task. There is nothing to distract you and keep you from being productive.
Prioritize - When you declare your project a priority you will be more motivated to get it done.
Find Freedom in Routine - It can be liberating to not have to worry about what you are going to do next. Create your to-do list, set time limits, and stick to it.
Get Comfortable - Wear clothes that are comfortable, and have a comfortable work space. Both great motivators for staying on task.
Use Positive Self-Talk - The messages in our head have a great deal of power over our behavior. When negative thoughts pop in your head, change them to a positive thought. The more you do it the easier it will become.
Focus on Dates, not Due Dates -Think of the day your project will end, not as a deadline but as a day you send it, turn it in, or just stop working on your project. Having a due date or deadline will make you feel rushed and unmotivated.
Break Down Your Big Projects - Chipping away at a project with mini action steps will keep you motivated as you work towards your bigger goal.
Breaking the procrastination habit only takes applying this common sense habits to your everyday life. We know they are important to incorporate into our workday, but until you apply them you will struggle with procrastination.
Start small work on one thing at a time until you have mastered it, and then try another idea.
Need a little help keeping track of all the things you need to do daily, print out this to-do list to make planning your day a little easier.
|Printable to-do list|
Which strategy do you struggle with?