Nothing is more frustrating than having things you need to complete, but feeling unable to do them. In this article you are going to learn how to overcome laziness and stop procrastinating for good.
Now, let’s get back to business and cover what you need to do to overcome laziness & stop procrastinating forever.
I’m going to cover some of the most powerful techniques you can use to get your life back on track, fast:
1. Create An Action Plan With Exact Timings
One of the fastest ways to overcome laziness and quit procrastinating is to create an effective action plan that provides you EXACT timings for getting things done.
How often do you find yourself saying “tonight I’ll do X” but then not have a plan to see that particular task through to completion. Therefore, when you start trying to tackle it, everything seems a little overwhelming and it becomes temping to quit.
Combat this by creating an action plan (with added timings) for every important thing you need to do.
Here’s an example. Imagine you’ve got an essay to write tonight – you’ve left it a bit late and now you’re up the creek without a paddle. You could either beg for an extension, or you could try this action plan:
Research topic – 1 hour –
Select best research & discard everything else – 20 minutes –
Write introduction – 30 minutes
Write first section – 1 hour
Write second section – 1 hour
Write third section – 1 hour
Write conclusion – 30 minutes
Print out and read over once – 10 minutes
Highlight mistakes/edits – 20 minutes
Rewrite editing sections – 30 minutes
Final print & check – 20 minutes
The secret to this action plan method of getting things done is to be ruthless with your application of the deadlines. In the above example, if you didn’t finish your research within the first hour, then bad luck – you need to move on to the next section.
Although this approach might seem counterintuitive at first, once you start getting into the habit of actually getting things done by being very harsh with your time you will see great results.
2. Break Tasks Up Into Manageable Chunks
In case you didn’t gather from the action plan method above, you really need to focus on breaking tasks up into manageable elements. Just about everything you could ever hope to do in a day (beyond the really mundane stuff, like brushing your teeth) can be compartmentalised into small chunks.
This might be a bit of a mechanical approach to life, but it is very effective if you want to get things done in the least amount of time possible.
Practice breaking up any task or action in your daily life that takes more than 20 minutes (or is not totally routine) into its smallest fraction. For example, if you need to reply to 10 different emails, then break that down into 10 separate tasks.
3. Reward Yourself For Taking Action
This is straightforward; whenever you complete a task or action that you would normally be prone to procrastinating, then reward yourself in some small manner. Rewards do not have to be of any monetary value; something as simple as giving yourself ten minutes on social media for a successful thirty minutes of studying can be very effective.
This helps you to beat laziness and procrastinating by forming a positive mental association with taking action. It’s kind of like the “classical conditioning” that psych students often talk about.
4. Eliminate Digital Distractions
This is a biggie. I’d almost be willing to bet that one of the things holding you back from success is distraction. It’s just too easy in our age of 24/7 connectivity to get distracted by text messages, social media, news sites, or funny cat videos on YouTube.
Eliminating distractions from your life will have one of the biggest impacts on your ability to get stuff done and kick procrastination to the curb.
Start by using a tool like Focal Filter to block sites that are distracting you from your work. This is a great time to go cold turkey and be ruthless with your time management; if there are only a few websites you need to visit to complete any one task, the block EVERYTHING else until you get it done.
Even if you have another device within arm’s reach that you could use to circumvent the Focal Filter block, you will still find yourself getting more done as “digital distraction” tends to occur with multiple browser tabs or applications running.
As you can see from the above methods, it isn’t actually all that difficult to stop procrastinating and overcome laziness. It just takes the consistent application of proven methods. If you only take one lesson away with you today, then I want you to focus on breaking your tasks down into micro-sized chunks, and then chipping away at them. Don’t face up to a mountain, as you’ll only be tempted to put off climbing it until later!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article, and learned a bit about how you can quit procrastinating and stop laziness dead in its tracks. If you want to learn more about taking control of your life, then you should click here to see a short promotional video on Find Your Focus.