I have been putting off writing my blog all week, so I thought I should write a blog on tips to avoid procrastination! Often, we procrastinate because we are afraid a project is too overwhelming to tackle (too large, too difficult, too time consuming, etc.), we are afraid we will not do well, or we feel we don’t have the time to complete the task. Below are some tips to tackle each of these roadbumps that keep up from accomplishing our goals.
1. Identify the cause
Try to evaluate why it is that you are procrastinating. Is this excuse rational or logical? If you are procrastinating because you fear failure, you can acknowledge that you will not succeed unless you try. If you feel you don’t have the skills necessary to complete a task, you could seek out the extra training or help from a friend.
2. Avoid perfectionism
Very often, people will avoid embarking on a task because they fear they will not complete the task perfectly. Remind yourself that getting started and doing something is better than doing nothing at all. Also, you can always go back and correct errors in your performance once you’ve finished.
3. Break down tasks
When tasks feel too large, we often feel overwhelmed and fail to get started. It helps to break down large tasks into smaller components and complete one at a time. While cleaning up a disaster of an office may feel like a daunting task, organizing one drawer in your desk is certainly manageable. Make a habit of breaking down projects in this manner and completing each task individually. Of course, don’t forget to acknowledge your accomplishment when you’ve completed each task.
4. Minimize distractions
Sometimes tasks are not completed because we are distracted by other, more interesting, things. It may help to turn off your internet connection if you are working on a computer-based task or turn off the television if working on a project at home. Also, don’t be afraid to let others in your environment know that you are working on something and need to be allowed to work distraction-free for a period of time.
I hope these tips will help you work toward your goals for 2011 and minimize your procrastination in the future. After thinking about these tips for myself, I think I may get started on my next blog right away!