- Determine when you procrastinate the most.
- Figure out why you procrastinate. Know your why.
- Understand how you can fix it.
- Consider how your choices are affecting others in your life.
- Find an accountability partner to help you stay on track.
- Set non-negotiables each day. These are the things you must do even if you don’t want to.
- Set realistic hard deadlines for tasks that may take a few days or more to complete.
- Make a schedule based on your hard deadlines.
- When considering your schedule, start with the result you want to achieve, and work backwards.
- Fill the time you set. You want to set just enough time to complete the work. Any extra and you might get sidetracked.
- Do the hard stuff first so you can enjoy the rest of the process more.
- If you cannot do the hard stuff first, choose to do the ones that have the most impact on the overall project.
- Focus on the outcome or reward you will receive when the task is completed.
- Eliminate distractions by scheduling in down time for the things you usually do when procrastinating (browsing social media, TV, checking email, napping, etc.)
- Use tools to help you stay focused and on track such as time trackers.
- Be mindful of your time by using block scheduling and a timer.
- Reduce physical and mental clutter to reduce distractions.
- Break big tasks into more manageable chunks.
- Aim for creating good routines and habits.
- When you cannot focus, use the time wisely by choosing other tasks that are still productive.
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