Sometimes I find myself putting off something that I know I should do. Or, adding it to a to-do list and conveniently never getting to it. Why do I do this to myself? When I finish a task (and the tougher the better), I feel a great satisfaction. It motivates me to keep going and tackle something else. Here are some tips to avoid procrastination and increase your productivity too!
Tips to Avoid Procrastination
For me, the key to breaking this bad habit of procrastination is living by the motto “just do it.”
I find that I can easily apply this to my everyday routines. No, don’t throw my coat over the chair when I get home – hang it in the closet. JUST DO IT.
No, don’t rinse my dish and leave it in the sink – put it in the dishwasher. JUST DO IT.
If I follow this silly motto, I curb the procrastination and can keep my house clutter free. By tackling the bigger items, I can keep my life clutter free. For me, there is nothing worse than nagging tasks that I have been avoiding.
“Just do it.”
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If telling yourself to ‘Just Do It’ isn’t enough, here are a couple of other ideas to help squash procrastination:
- Figure out what time of day you work the best, a time when you seem to be most alert and productive. Use this time to your advantage to tackle your toughest tasks. Minimize distractions in order to get the most done.
- For big projects, just focus on the first step. It’s a lot easier to get going when you only think about completing one task rather than a whole series of tasks. As you finish one, you’ll move to thinking about the next, and so on.
- Having a phrase or a motto that can help you to lift up your tasks and your spirits can help increase your productivity and your overall happiness.
Lately, I’ve been attempting to improve my productivity by reducing procrastination on my least favorite tasks. I’ve made a to-do list, am checking it off, and have been keeping the phrase “Just Do It” in the forefront of my mind. If it helps, you can even print the phrase on top of your to-do list..