No doubt we can all agree on this one fact – 2020 was a real bummer of a year.
Okay – With that out of the way – what are you going to do to make 2021 REALLY great?
To make it YOUR year?
Are you feeling your heart sink even as you are reading these lines – very well knowing that you won’t be doing ANYTHING to go after your dreams…
Yeah sure, you’ll be doing your goals, and vision boards, and the resolutions (just like I used to do every year!), and started all hot and motivated in January…
And by the end of February it was same old – same old, back in the routine and not going anywhere.
Because procrastination is going to screw up your best resolutions, goal-setting and intentions for the New Year…just like it did in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019…
- …have I rubbed enough salt into your wounds of self-loathing now???
- …because another year of procrastination and perfectionism kept you from pursuing your goals, resolutions and dreams – and you’re sick of it?
- …because no matter what you did or tried, you still ended up in the same crappy situation you’ve found yourself 12 months before?
The good news is – you are not alone!
In fact, every single one of us procrastinates or has procrastinated at some time or another (yes – especially me, I’m known to be a Master – Procastinator and Master – Perfectionist, if you could graduate on this crap – I’d have 3 PhD’s!
But I’ve overcome it and because I’m just an average person like you – you can do it too easily and quickly. Read on because I’m giving you the blueprint, the perfect template to go after your goals and achieve them – so read on and find out what I did and simply follow me on that.
It’s a little known fact and possibly the one-and-only- positive fact about Procrastination that it can add an element of excitement and motivation to a project or goal by making you rush against a deadline. Some of us truly work better under this type of pressure. Personally – I hate it. Because if procrastination is just another way that you tend to self-sabotage, it’s a bad habit that serves no good purpose in your life! Best to just try to get rid of procrastination altogether.
There are lots of different methods and techniques that I use to end procrastination, but remember that since procrastination is a habit, changing that habit and replacing it with more positive habits takes time. Consistency is the key here, as consistently practicing the new habits will lead to them being the preferred choice when you have a decision to make – to procrastinate or not to procrastinate.
Chronic procrastination WILL cause you all kinds of problems in both your personal and your professional life. Imagine how your partner feels when they’ve been hoping that you’ll do something that needs to be done, but you don’t do it.
Ever been in that situation before? Yeah – I have plenty of times, and it sucks!
And how about the fights that happen because they go and do whatever it is themselves and you feel like crap because you diddled around and now they did it and you feel like a total loser?
What about at work… maybe there’s a project you’re working on that needs to be wrapped up, but because you fear you’re not knowledgeable enough, you continue to put it off until there is simply no way that you can complete it. Procrastination causes you to feel guilty, worried, fearful and stressed. And, it is a choice you make. Keep THAT thought in mind…that it is your bloody choice! I know I made that ’choice’ waaaaay to many times…
I’m going to give you some quality, heavy duty ammo in your ‘war against procrastination’. To that end, I’ll discuss 18 different tips, techniques, and tactics to help end procrastination in your life – permanently!
18 tips sounds like a lot – and – hey – I don’t wanna put you off the rest of this info so all I’m saying is that you pick and choose the ones that are a fit and will work for you.
Add just a few of these to your daily, weekly, or monthly routines, and watch your productivity skyrocket because you’ve chosen not to procrastinate. I know in my heart you’ll be amazed at the results you get.
- Write down a list of the tasks you’ve been putting off. Keep this list in front of you, because “out of sight is out of mind.” Tackle each task, one by one, with intense focus, until you begin to see less and less of things to tick off on your list. Just crossing things off of your to-do list WILL be incredibly motivating, I promise you this, this single action was and absolute game changer for me. It’s a visual reminder that you really got to work and did what you were supposed to do.
- Decide whether your procrastination is coming from fear, anger, or sadness. This could be a bit of a tricky one for you – it might be uncomfortable for you, but will help you get to the heart of why you procrastinate. The reasons are different for everyone, and they may run very deep. Even things that happened to you during childhood can create a tendency toward procrastination. So examine these feelings closely.
- When you’ve finally pinpointed the emotion behind your procrastination, do something physically dramatic to get rid of it. For instance, if you’re angry because you need to do something you don’t like doing, go punch a punching bag or a pillow, or grab a thick, dead tree branch and beat it on the ground. Doing this gets rid of the pent-up emotion and makes it easier for you to move forward, unencumbered by that emotion.
- Learn to identify negative thoughts about a task, and when you have a negative thought, stop and turn it around into something positive. There is always a silver lining to every cloud – you just need to be able to recognize it.
- Take the tasks you’re putting off, and break them down into more easily accomplished steps. It’s far easier to stay focused on small tasks than enormous goals, so breaking down your project will allow you to get much more done. This a biggie!
- Allow yourself rewards for each step you accomplish – even the little ones. You’re gonna love this one – Figure out what motivates you, personally, and set up a timeline- so when you accomplish a step on your schedule, you get your reward. This is an excellent way to retrain your brain to see the actions you take as very motivating – and rewarding.
- Expect the unexpected, and prepare for inevitable obstacles along the way. Look at the tasks and goals you’ve broken down, and figure out where the holes are and what could go wrong. When you’re prepared, you’re much more able to deal with the inevitable setbacks that will occur. By the way – expect 20% of your day to turn to chaos – once you accept this, the chaos loses its grip on you and you just deal with it calmly and take it in your stride.
- Expect to feel resistance to doing your tasks. You’ll feel tired, or in a bad mood, you’ll get a headache, or something will miraculously happen that puts you off the course of your intended goal. Don’t let any of those damn ‘mind monkeys’ take hold. See them for what they are, and respond strongly by staying on-task.
- Let yourself feel good when you accomplish a task that’s on your list. Getting work done simply feels good. It’s satisfying. Allow yourself to bask in that satisfaction, and that feeling will spur you on in moments where you’re less-than-motivated. Celebrate your wins!
- Make others aware of your goals. The more people who know what your goals are, the more motivated you’ll be to accomplish them. They’ll inevitably ask you about the goals you’ve told them about, and knowing that will happen will keep you on-track and moving forward because you’ll want to be able to give excellent progress reports! It’s all about being accountable – because it is SOOOO easy to give up on a quiet, secret goal you took at the beginning of the year…and then quietly let it die and nobody knows about it…but the moment you let your friends, colleagues and family know about it – you know you are accountable, they will ask you about it. Take note – this could be a bit scary – but hey, only the scary stuff actually makes us do serious s**t that helps us achieve goals, so don’t skip this one!
- Change the physical place where you work when you’re working on your goals. Create a workspace that inspires you, not one that makes you want to go and take a nap. And when you do change your environment, know that the “inspiration” will wear off after awhile, and you’ll need to do it again. Change it up, and create motivation where there wasn’t any!
- Create a calendar specifically for your big goals. Write down deadlines. Then write down smaller goals and tasks, and the dates you’d like to have those done on. Create a complete timeline for the project at hand. This is going to tell you whether you’re on track at a glance and will help you plan for upcoming tasks so that you’re ready for them. It’ll also motivate you when you see days, and their subsequent tasks marked off.
- Eliminate all distractions as often as possible while you’re working on your tasks.
That means logging off of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all the other social media sites that want to hog your attention and give you absolutely NOTHING in return.
It means logging yourself off the internet (unless, of course, being on the internet is necessary for you to complete the task at hand),
Turning off your phone and email – switch your phone to ‘Flight Mode’.
The last one is an absolute game changer to get things done that will make your life better – period!
And you can trust me – no one is going to absolutely have to get ahold of you right at this very minute. We got along just fine without the damn Attention-Grabbing-Devices a few years ago and the world didn’t end.
Eliminating distractions is one of the most powerful ways you can increase your productivity. Make it easy for yourself to get work done by allowing yourself the room to focus exclusively on the task that is going to improve your life.
- Surround yourself with those who inspire you, and are at a higher level than you are. By doing this, you’ll strive to reach their level, and you’ll also get a first-hand look at how they work, what they do, and how they think. Hanging around inspiring people will influence your behavior and motivate you!
- Get an accountability partner. Remember that I talked about accountability in point 10? Seek out someone who has similar goals as you do, and you’ll learn a lot from each other along the way. Having someone to be accountable to will help you stay on track, stay motivated, and work out problems when you come up against road blocks. It also helps if you have different skill sets, so you can learn techniques from each other for things you may not already know how to do.
- Is there someone you know who has already accomplished what you want to accomplish? Connect with them, and let them know why you’re doing so. Seeing someone doing what you want to do and living the way you want to live is incredibly motivating, and you’ll learn from them, too.
- If procrastination seems to be chronic, maybe your goals need to be reviewed. They may not be in line with where you want to be any longer, and you may need to change them to match the work you’re doing. Consider what you want to achieve, what it’s going to take to get there, and whether doing what you’re currently doing is going to get the job done. If the answer is no, realign your actions with your goals.
- Become acutely aware of your perfectionism and where it thwarts your forward momentum. You may think perfectionism makes you do a better job, but it’s far more likely that you overcomplicate and overthink your tasks so that they’re never really complete. Work to end perfectionism in your life, and you’ll be simply amazed at how much you’re able to accomplish. Always remember – 80% is more than good enough!
What it really boils down to is that you need to simply do it. Do whatever it takes to motivate, pressure, or cajole yourself into doing it, but get it done whatever it happens to be. The only cure for your inaction (procrastination) is you taking action, and I know you’ll find that once you start getting used to being in action, procrastination seems like a complete waste of time.
Perhaps you think you may need a little bit of help with overcoming procrastination, so I suggest you check out this free report on goals I put together for you. It will surely help you moving in the right direction.
And when you feel you are at a point in your life where it’s time to stop fluffing around and go after your goals for good, check out my easy and quick way to achieve your goals in 2021 for good here.
You’ll be amazed how easy it is when you follow my proven system to eliminate procrastination and achieve your goals – finally!
Let’s make 2021 Your Best Year Ever – let’s work together to make it happen. I can’t wait to see you on the other side.