All the knowledge in the world is useless unless you take action. Once you know that you need to stop procrastinating, then it’s time to get to work doing exactly that. How do you draw up the perfect action plan for stopping procrastination dead in its tracks?
Unfortunately, everyone is different, and different methods work for different people. A smart plan of action to help you stop putting things off centers around deciding what you should be doing at any given time. So here are a few things to try…
What to Focus on First
First you have to figure out what you should be doing now, and what can wait till later.
Begin by making a list. Your list should include 3 sections:
• What needs to be done today
• What needs to be done this week
• What needs to be done this month
Painting the doghouse is something that probably does not need to be done right away. Doing laundry is probably more important, especially if you are running out of things to wear. The idea is to sort the tasks you have into “do it now” or “do it later” categories.
Remember, be honest here. Don’t schedule something today simply because you “want” to do it. Tasks that need to be immediately accomplished have to take priority over other responsibilities, even if you don’t look forward to doing them.
Take a look at your “today” list. Some items on this list will only take a few minutes to accomplish, while others may take hours. If it is early in the morning and cooking dinner for the family is on this list, along with doing the laundry, wash the clothes first. There is still plenty of time to make dinner later. Prioritize this list, and take action.
Huge tasks and responsibilities can appear daunting. However, many times they can be broken down into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Then you can place those smaller pieces where they belong on your list, slowly but steadily tackling them until your overall task is complete.
Having your list of things you most need to get done – and in the order you need to do them – will make it much easier to just jump in and get started with your day. You won’t be waiting around, overwhelmed, wondering what to do. You’ll simply know what needs to be done and can get on with it!
The Power of the 2 Minute Rule
This next little procrastination-beating trick is extremely powerful. It may not seem like it applies to bigger, more important and detailed activities and responsibilities. However, you can actually accomplish just about anything using the 2 minute rule. The 2 parts of this productivity boosting tip are …
1 – If it can be accomplished in less than 2 minutes, do it right now.
2 – It takes longer than 2 minutes to accomplish, start it for 2 minutes.
The first part of this rule is simple, and probably obvious. Whatever you have to do which requires less than 2 minutes, do it. The real power of this amazing action-taking step comes with the 2nd part of the rule.
Perhaps you have been procrastinating starting a walking or running program. Do this. Schedule a 2 minute walk or run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of every week, or whatever fits into your schedule. At the appointed time, lace up your shoes and go for a 2 minute walk or run.
If that sounds silly, remember one of Isaac Newton’s famous laws of motion – an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion. You will find yourself walking or running for much more than 2 minutes. However, the 2 minute rule is what got you started, and now you have not procrastinated exercising any longer.
Whether you want to write a book, eat healthier or call a loved one, the 2 minute rule can get you taking action instead of procrastinating.
Leave me a comment below telling me about your personal plan of action to manage procrastination.
To Your Success…