When you Google this topic, there a millions of results! Let me provide you with a few tips and more resources. Keep in mind that you may only need to identify your procrastination type and then find a few, likely simple, ideas to beat procrastination. Don’t get too bogged down in the plethora of ideas. Find one or two that speak to you and take that first step forward!
When there is a part of the task that is boring, we tend to put it off. (See the HERO above.) We can’t imagine muddling through the tedious parts. This is an opportunity to define what is boring about the task. Being clear about the problem is half the battle! Once you are clear about what is making this boring, set aside a specific amount of time to process the boring parts. Incentivize yourself with a reward for surviving the boring stuff!
Maybe you have actually started the task but have found that you are not accomplishing much. Evaluate what is making the task difficult. Sometimes just getting specific with yourself will free up the flow and allow you to find a way to work smarter instead of harder.
Here is a perfect example of a task that I procrastinate. Writing a blog post can be challenging for me because coming up with a topic is not well-defined nor easy. Unless I have a quick inspiration, which occasionally happens, not having a topic to write about makes me procrastinate. I need to tell myself that there is a smarter way to create a topic. I do not have to simply wait for inspiration! I remind myself that I can brainstorm a list of topics. Like all true brainstorming sessions, you should write ideas down with no judgment. Just let the ideas flow! I also can review past notes of blog topics. I can then narrow down the options based on current ideas or inspiration. Once I have selected a topic, the process flows readily.
Previously on my blog I posted 12 Procrastination Beating Tips. It’s a quick read so see if you can find a couple of ideas that are meaningful to you. While researching this topic, I found James Clear, author of the NY Times Best-Selling book, Atomic Habits. He offers excellent articles dissecting procrastination as well as a newsletter. Tim Urban has a short Ted Talk that is entertaining and explains in simple terms what is going on in our brains when it comes to procrastination. I thoroughly enjoyed his talk and I bet you will too!
Take one step forward. Just one! You can do it.