Hacking Procrastination And Time Management

September 9, 2013 — 1 Comment
 

ClockWe’ve all been there. You may be doing it right now. You find yourself starring at your screen, mindlessly scanning through emails, Facebook, or Twitter. All while that age old feeling builds.

The feeling of work to be done.

That’s right. You’re procrastinating.

You are gripped by the fear of the urgent that lies ahead. You are overwhelmed and not sure how to put aside the unimportant that is currently draining your precious time.

It’s time to throw fear out the window. I am going to give you a simple tip that has made a difference in the way I fight back against the temptation of procastination.

I just start something.

Yes, it is that simple. I start something. Anything. A good idea is to start with a small task. Clearing your desk or taking out your trash are just a few examples of tasks that can be done quickly and leave you feeling accomplished. Avoid tasks that can lead you down a rabbit trail and keep you from getting real work done. Keep it simple.

The idea is if you cannot start the simplest tasks, you will never finish anything. You will remain trapped in wondering where the time went, and frustrated about why nothing seems to get done.

If you start with small tasks, however, you will begin to build momentum and confience. That confidence will carry on as you proceed to get the bigger, more important tasks accomplished. Before you know it, you will begin getting more done than you imagined possible.

Don’t read this thinking that I am some kind of master of the to-do list, or an expert of getting things done. I am far from it. (David Allen, Jon Acuff, and Michael Hyatt are a few of the real experts.)

Since high school, procrastination has been a daily challenge for me. It is so easy for me to go from being productive, to drowning in email, constantly checking Facebook, or reading the latest sports news. But, I recently discovered this little trick to be effective, and wanted to share it with you.

Let me leave you with a final thought. If you still find yourself wasting precious time, and cannot find the motivation to accomplish even the most simple task, I want you to ask yourself one question. “Is what I am doing right now worth my time?”

While you answer, keep in mind that life is nothing more than a quickly moving, finite source of time. Once time is gone, we can never get it back. I know this sounds like a cliche’ you hear and read all the time, but often times, those things we hear the most often is reality. And, reality is what we most often try to avoid.

Procrastination is nothing more than taking for granted the time we’ve been blessed with.

As you are reading this, there are people who live in third-world countries or are battling terminal illnesses. Those people forced to devote 100% of their time to their survival. For them, procastination is not an option.

It shouldn’t be an option for us, either.

So, just start something.

I’ve given you just one tactic of how I push forward to get things done. So, what are things you do to avoid procrastination and get things done? Leave a comment below, and if you haven’t done so already, be sure to subscribe to my blog via email to receive updates whenever I post new content.

 
  • Juan Carlos Reyes

    I have issues with procrastination. No bueno. But I think it’s a work in progress for me. Subscribed to your blog. I’m all about the positive thinking.