Ways to Manage Your Procrastination

Here are some ways to manage your procrastination

We all know the solutions for procrastination.

Just like I was putting off writing this post and most likely you will put off reading this post by doing a bunch of smaller tasks to.

These tasks were less important and I knew it…

But they were fast and so easy than writing this post on this topic.

Honestly, I know there are solutions for procrastination…

You must clarify what task is the most important.

You must clear away everything but that most important task.

You must realize your motivations for that task.

Then break it down into something smaller and easier.

…if you feel it is difficult.

These aren’t hard solutions to do.

But they won’t work unless you are aware of what you are doing.

Be Aware

You can’t step back to realize what your Most Important Tasks are unless you realize you are procrastinating in the first place.

You can’t break a task into small steps unless you realize you are dreading the task in the first place.

You can’t clear away distractions unless you realize you have been following the urge to go to these distractions.

Awareness is everything with procrastination.

The problem isn’t finding solutions to procrastination…

It is being aware of what is going on in the first place.

Once we know what is happening…

Then the fixes are fairly easy.

The problem isn’t just being aware of what is going on…

It is remembering to be aware.

This remembering is what mindfulness is about.

Too often we forget to be aware.

So let’s talk about the awareness of what is going on when we procrastinate and then how to remember.

AWARENESS OF WHAT IS GOING ON

So what is going on when we procrastinate?

Need help – try these:

Following your urges to distraction.
distraction
 

We get the habitual urge to check email or social media or news.

Or we get the urge to do something easier and more comfortable.

These urges can be beat if we are aware they are happening.

Dreading your hard tasks. 

Our minds tend to focus on the hard parts of tasks that we are procrastinating on.

Without thinking too much about them…

Then we label these tasks as hard, scary, overwhelming, or time-consuming.

If we are aware of this…

Then we can solve each of these problems and hard tasks can be broken into easier ones.

Your fear of…
Fear of

Procrastination is often about fear.

Fear of failure, fear of success, and self-doubts.

But we don’t often know that this fear is even there and we just act on the fear.

Once we are aware of our fears then they can be beaten.

When we see our fears out in the open…

Then we can see they have been blown out of proportion in our mind.

The worst-case scenario of failure is often not that bad.

Especially when we really think about it.

You are not being motivated.
 not being motivated

Lots of times we forget our motivation for doing a hard task.

Why are we putting ourselves through this suffering?

It is way easier to put it off and do other “important” things instead.

But when we remind ourselves of our motivation then we can focus.

So we have to be aware that our motivation isn’t clear.

Or that we have forgotten what that motivation is in the face of our discomfort.

You are not being clear on priorities. 

What tasks are more important?

It is hard to know when you are caught up in the flow of things.

Just doing things left and right and then quickly switching between tasks and so on.

You believe everything seems to be important.
everything seems to be important

But when we step back and think about what matters the most…

What will make the most difference in the world and in our lives…

We can see what we need to focus on and to make time for it.

We can’t step back unless we are aware that we are getting caught up in less important tasks.

You are compulsively checking things. 

Often we compulsively check our email, social media, blogs, news sites, etc.

We have those tabs open all the time and go and check them every few minutes.

Why do we do that?

What need are we fulfilling?

Often it is a need to be up-to-date on everything and a fear that we might miss something.

Often it is just the temporary pleasure of getting something new in our inboxes.

Maybe it is finding something interesting or pleasurable.

These are some of the more common things of what is going on when we procrastinate.

But how do we become aware of it?

How do we remember to be aware of it?

HOW TO REMEMBER TO BE AWARE
REMEMBER TO BE AWARE

The problem with remembering to be aware is that we get caught up in our moment-to-moment actions.

Once we open a computer then a series of habitual responses kicks in and we are suddenly in the deep shit.

It could be hours before we come up for air and realize we have been procrastinating.

So what we need are a set of tools for remembering.

Here are the ones that tend to work for me…

Use software like Rescuetime, StayFocusd or Freedom to block distracting websites or block the internet out altogether.

Recognizing the harm in procrastination. 

The first thing you need to admit is that the procrastinating is actually doing bad things to you.

If we think it is not a big problem, most likely we won’t take any of these other steps listed below.

So what kind of harm is procrastinating causing?

Well it might be stopping you from achieving your dreams or big goals…

It might keep you from pushing your boundaries and learning new things.

It might be causing you anxiety and making your work suffer.

Your commitment to being aware.
commitment to being aware

Making a commitment to being aware is a great tool for remembering.

What kind of commitment?

You can write it on a piece of paper and look at it every morning.

Or tell someone else about it.

Post it on your blog or Twitter.

Have an accountability partner that checks on you weekly.

Whatever you do…

Commit to it as seriously as you can.

Setting your intentions.

As you start an activity…

Like opening your email or starting to write something…

Or even opening your computer or starting your day…

Then pause to think about what your intention is with that activity.

Make an intention to be mindful and notice your procrastination.

Setting intentions doesn’t necessarily mean you will actually achieve what you set out to do but it sure helps.

It also helps you to learn to get better at it with practice.

Have reminders to help.
reminders to help

Every hour or two…

You should have a reminder that helps you to check in to see if your actions match your intention.

And to remember to be aware of what is been going on with your procrastination.

Recognize your signals. 

There are signs that you are procrastinating

Especially your anxiety about your tasks.

Your compulsively checking things…

You get an urge to go do something other than that present task.

These signs might be physical…

Like tightness in your chest.

They also might be certain actions…

Like checking emails.

But you can learn to recognize them with time.

These are flags that are waving and telling you that something is going on.

Notice the flags and check in to see what is going on.

These aren’t things you can master in one day.

They take practice and they take commitment.

But if you can solve the mindfulness problem…

Then procrastination becomes a much more manageable monster.

My next post will be on: Tips and Tricks to Help with Procrastination

Here is an interesting article on: How to Stop Procrastinating

Read my latest blog on: Things You Should Know About Procrastination  

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Maria Barina is a mother and grandmother who worked for the NYC Board of Education as Laboratory Specialist Bio/GS for 26yrs till the age of 56. Her husband, after 37 of marriage, passed away from Lung Cancer. She came to myEmpirePRO to seek guidance on how to get freedom that an online business can provide. Freedom to her is being able to do what she wants, when she wants to and to show others they can do the same to. Since she done that she is able to do this by working anywhere she goes and became a mobile-prenuer

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