We have already discussed above to bring the consequences of procrastination to present moment to combat procrastination. This basically helps you to deal the time inconsistency which has been one of the major causes of procrastination.
Visualization is just an opposite approach. Here you try to visualize the future rewards and consequences and overlap your Present YOU with Future YOU. In other words, you try to live in future and use the rewards and consequences as stimuli for motivation to kick start at present.
Coming back again to example of making presentation slides for business review meeting. If you imagine yourself giving a killer presentation at business review meeting because you prepared the presentation slides couple of weeks in advance and had enough time to fine-tune what you were going to say. You might be inclined to do that rather than setting yourself up to fumble through a presentation you were ill prepared for, because you didn’t start planning until the night before after a few Happy Hour cocktails.
Try projecting yourself mentally into the future. Imagine the good feelings you will have if you stop procrastinating and finish a project.
5. Break Down Tough Projects or Jobs
Huge projects or jobs can be overwhelming, causing you to keep putting them off. Breaking bigger projects or jobs into manageable chunks may help you stop procrastinating. Tackling one thing at a time is the quickest way to make sure that they actually get done.
Keep monitoring every achievement of such small manageable chunks of project. You’ll feel a sense of progress while still working. Reward yourself at every such small achievement. I reward myself by watching my favorite movie or hanging out with friends. Whatever reward you choose, make sure it’s something you love.
6. Develop growth mind-set
You can overcome procrastination to the extent you can shift your thinking to consider the situation as an opportunity for growth, development or to deepen your talents.
Shifting mind-set from fixed mind-set and cultivating the habit of growth mind-set will not only help stop procrastinating but also to open the new path of success in life.
The growth mind-set creates a desire to learn and an ability to overcome problems in order to be successful.
7. Healthy Life style to stop procrastinating
We have already discussed how an unhealthy lifestyle results in low energy level resulting in procrastination. Healthy life style will not only help you to stop procrastinating, but there are many other benefits will improve your overall physical as well as mental health.
Bring change and work on developing a healthier lifestyle.
Do some Experiments with sleep, exercise, and diet to find a balance that works for you.
If you cannot get any positive results (in terms of boosting your energy levels), then consider visiting and consulting a healthcare professional. It may be the case there are underlying causes of low energy that require comprehensive medical treatment.
8. Avoid Instant Gratification to stop procrastinating
Instant gratification is curse of modern society. The new age technology and inventions social media and dating apps, have changed people into lazy beasts.Why bother with writing a few pages of a book, when you can try a new battle game PUBG on smartphone?
Human beings automatically choose the easy way. They try to experience a brief moment of joy, instead of suffering the pressure of inevitable responsibility.
The more you become addicted to instant gratification, the easier it becomes to indulge in it. Avoid the temptation that’s standing right in front of you. So you can hold out for something substantially better down the line. Practice emotional management and surround yourself with people who encourage you and push you. It will help you to overcome instant gratification.
I hope you found this guide on procrastination useful. I am sure; it will help you to stop procrastinating. Feel free to leave a comment below in the comment section.