So, it’s been awhile since my last post, but I am coming out of my late summer hibernation and wanted to share a nice article I came across.
Procrastination is a hurdle we all struggle with from time to time. This is a topic that I will be writing about in more detail in the near future. In the meantime, check out The Positivity Blog, and Henrik Edberg’s 7 timeless tips on how to stop procrastination. Read an excerpt of the article below and follow this link to the entire article:
How to Stop Procrastinating: 7 Timeless Tips
by HENRIK EDBERG
“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.”
“How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never’.”
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
One of the most common problems is procrastination. We know what we want to do and should do. But still we end up spending hours upon hours doing “easier” work or escaping via TV, blogs or music.
Now, nothing wrong with a little escape from time to time. But if you procrastinate too much you will not get the most important things done. And you will also send yourself into negative spirals where your self-esteem plummets and you spend your days or more in a vague negative funk.
So what can you do? Here are 7 timeless tips to help you to stop procrastinating and start living your life more fully. And if you want to then you can learn much more about becoming more productive, focused and minimizing stress in my training kit The Art of Relaxed Productivity.
1. Stop thinking. Start doing.
“To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.”
A bit of planning can certainly help you to achieve what you want to achieve. A lot of planning and thinking tends to have the opposite effect.
You think and think and try to come up with “the perfect plan”. A plan where you don’t have to make mistakes, where you will never be rejected, where there will be no pain or difficulties. Such a thing does of course not exist. But as long as you work on that plan you can protect yourself.
2. Don’t blow a task out of proportion.
“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”
”Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible.”
George Claude Lorimer
By over thinking and putting things off you are not only trying to protect yourself from pain. You also make mountains out of molehills. The quotes above are so true it isn’t even funny. The more hours and days you put something off the worse it grows in your mind.
Because you are dwelling on it. And so it expands in your mind. And since you are putting it off you are probably thinking about it in a negative way. This makes a little thing a big Godzilla, a horrible beast that is threatening to ruin your life.
So plan a little and then take action.
Often you don’t even have to plan, you have been there before and you know what needs to be done. So stop thinking and just do it no matter how you feel and what you think. How you feel right now changes as quickly as the weather so it’s not the perfect guidance system or anything….