5 Tips to stop procrastinating
We’re already into our second week of the new year. How are your resolutions coming along? Are you still on your path or are you already struggling with them?
If you are the type who has the best intentions in the morning but loses his goals out of sight during the day, here some tips for you:
- Tell someone
To tell someone about your little (daily) goals makes you more responsible for it.
But chose your audience wisely! Don’t tell it to your drinking buddy, who agrees with you no matter what you are doing. Instead choose your best friend, the one who kicks your ass if you leave the path!
- Set a time limit
Whatever you must do to reach your goal, set a daily time limit. You must decide for yourself how much time you can spend every day to work towards it! But be honest with yourself. It won’t work if your day is already so cramped that you have to cut down on your sleeping time. On the other hand, watching TV is no excuse!
- Make an appointment in your schedule for it
No matter what you are using, a wall calendar, a personal journal or an app. Just write it down (of fill it in). Give it its own space in your daily schedule. That will make it a little bit harder for yourself to accidentally plan other activities for that time frame.
- Create a reward system
This trick is as old as mankind. Promise someone a reward and he will increase his efforts, like a medal for an athlete or a bonus for a worker. You can choose either smaller rewards for smaller steps or bigger rewards for bigger steps. If you choose the latter, create a points system, so you can see how close you get to your reward. What would bring you to increase your efforts?
- Stop feeling guilty
There will be days where you won’t able to work towards your goals. You may have an important appointment you can’t postpone. You may have personal or health problems. Or you may be not in the mood for it and you know that it would lead to nothing if you force yourself. No matter what it is, don’t let that start the downward spiral of the guilt trip! Just put the day behind you, count it as an experience and start fresh the next day!
So, start your journey – because you can!