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Put Off Procrastinating Until After You Reach Your Goal

There are lots of things that will stand in your way in your efforts to reach your goal.  If you’re not careful, you

Photo by BRUNO CERVERA on Unsplash
Photo by BRUNO CERVERA on Unsplash

will be one of them.

Of all the ways that you can stand in your own way, procrastination is one of the most common.  In a nutshell procrastination is when you delay a task for no rational reason for it.  

What does it look for you? Scrolling through Facebook, Instagram — all of social media Binge watching TV. You can also procrastinate with work, but the work that needs to be done. You have a report that’s due, but now is the PERFECT time to clear out your inbox. It’s a good time to clean out the cupboards when you are trying to pack for a trip. 

You because you are faced with a task that you don’t want to do. Either it’s unpleasant or it’s difficult or it takes too much time.  If you are someone like me who’s easily distracted it’s easy to procrastinate.

Here’s the good news procrastination can be overcome.  And you can do it.  The first step is to be aware of it.  Pay attention to your work habits.  If you are distracted, wasting time, or not doing the task at hand, take action about it.

One way to get back to work is the Pomodoro technique.  Set a kitchen timer for 25 minutes.  Then tackle a chunk of the work you need to do that day.  Work without stopping until the timer goes off, then take a three to five minute break.  When your break is over, set the timer for 25 minutes and start all over again.  After you have done four sessions, take a longer break – say 10 to 15 minutes.  It’s a very effective technique for some people because you have downtime built in to your schedule.  

Of course, you need to eliminate distractions.  If the internet, your email, or your phone keeps grabbing your attention, just find a way to put it away so that you can concentrate on your work.  There are apps that you can use that can shut down Facebook and turn off email notifications. Can you be so bold as to take certain apps off your phone. 

Having an accountability partner can help, too.  Make a bargain that each of you will make a certain amount of progress on your goals by the time you meet again.  Then you’ll feel honor-bound to be productive.

Don’t be your own worst enemy.  Don’t stand in the way of your progress towards your goal. Monitor your work habits.  If you find that you are procrastinating, take action against it.  And don’t put it off.  Do it now!

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