But you must know that to achieve anything, you must beat the habit of procrastination. That spirit that keeps you down when you have too much to do, you must learn to let it go if you’re to ever achieve anything meaningful.
Don’t get it wrong. Sometimes it’s self-care to put your feet up and ignore the fast-paced life around you. It’s all right to take a break from life once in a while.
But if you find yourself making excuses for the things you want to do all the time, then it’s time to call yourself to order.
It may not be easy, because procrastinating feels so good, but when you’ve pushed through and completed your tasks, you’ll thank yourself for pushing through.
Get started with these six tips to push through your laziness and find productivity. Learn how to avoid procrastinating.
1. Banish the thought of failure:
Stop being afraid of failure. That’s the first step to start doing anything.
So what if you fail? Many other people have stumbled, even fallen on their way to greatness. The difference between them and those who fell by the wayside is that they stood up, dusted themselves off, and kept it moving.
Failure will attempt to cripple your mind, will tell you that as long as you don’t try, then you cannot fail.
Well, that is a lie. We learn from our failures. If you don’t try and (probably) fail, then how will you learn?
So, the next time you’re afraid to try because you’re afraid to fail, remind yourself that that’s exactly how you’ll learn.
2. Stop comparing yourself to other people:
When you compare yourself to other people, you widen the gap between yourself and them.
You tell yourself, “I probably can’t get there anyway,” and you’re not inspired to even try. Even worse, the warrior in you dies slowly.
For example, if you want to learn a programming language, and you’re looking at Mark Zuckerberg and all the wonderful things he’s achieved with coding, you might not be inspired to push. You may wonder how long it’ll take you, if ever, you’ll become like that.
But that’s the wrong attitude to have. Instead of thinking about how far ahead of you others are, think about learning as a curve.
This way, they’re just ahead of you on the learning curve. With effort, you too can be where they are.
You just need to put in the work.
3. Set small, attainable goals:
Setting huge goals can be very overwhelming. Additionally, it will get old really fast!
The distance between where you are and where you are going will seem so so far away and you’ll quickly get bored trying to close the gap.
On the other hand, if you set small, attainable goals, it can change the game for you.
Breaking your goal into smaller goals can be so helpful, and keep you motivated to continue along your journey.
Every time you meet a smaller goal, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and become more driven to continue your journey.
4. Learn from your mistakes:
Who has never made mistakes? Every time you make a mistake, learn from it.
Pat yourself on the back for the things you did well, and learn how to improve on the things you didn’t do so well.
For example, if you’re taking a test and out of ten questions, you got three right. Congratulate yourself for the three that you got, then learn more about the seven questions that you failed.
Don’t allow yourself to stop there, thinking you’re a failure. You’re not. You just failed this one test, and you have so many more opportunities to prove yourself.
5. Visualize your success
There’s something about seeing what you want in your mind that just works like magic!
Say you’re preparing for a job interview. Visualizing yourself in that office, doing the work, and getting the money will help you prepare better and with a lot more enthusiasm.
Close your eyes and think of the things you’ll do when you reach the finish point.
You’ll be shocked at how much of a morale boost this is!
6. Don’t dwell on setbacks:
Yes, setbacks can suck. A lot. But you must not allow yourself to dwell on it too much.
Instead, for every setback, try to double your efforts.
For example, if you’re preparing for an exam and you accidentally missed a day of studying, don’t moan about how much time you’ve lost, study for an hour longer the next day.
That way, you feel more motivated and you can at least tell yourself that you made up for it.
Setbacks can suck, but the most important thing is not letting it bring us down.
Did these help you? What are your tips for avoiding procrastination? Share them with us in the comments section below.