Why is it that you can’t get everything done? Is it because time just seems to fly, or you’ve set unreasonable goals, or are you just not good at managing your time? Did you know that there is a procrastination equation? Piers Steel, PhD, one of the world’s foremost researchers and speakers on the science of motivation and procrastination writes, “There are two ways to find out where you land in the ranks of procrastination. Are you a garden-variety dilly dallier or are you hardcore with “tomorrow” tattooed across your back?” Take his survey and get specific information on how much of a procrastinator you are and what you can do about it.
My final five tips for tackling your procrastination tendencies are below. If you missed first five tips be sure to check them out too.
My Final Five Tips for Tackling Procrastination Tendencies
- Make the goal a priority. If it’s not a priority and not as important as other things, stop beating yourself up. Take it off your list and discard or delay until it is the highest priority. If it is a priority, be disciplined at putting it first and putting off those things that are not as important to your success. It’s also a good idea to start working on that plan when you are most alert and productive. Why sabotage your goal by trying to jump-start it when you are deflated yourself.
- Know what your next step is. Sometimes looking at all we have to do is overwhelming. So you might want to just identify the next step. From that step you’ll more easily see the next step and so on and so on. Commit to just doing the next step when the whole project overwhelms you. Once you get started it’s easier to keep going.
- Get Yourself an Accountability Partner. Some people just aren’t self-motivated and need a progress partner. If you need a muse, mentor, or friend to encourage you, hold you accountable, or to guide, get one or get all three.
- Specify a regular time to work on your goal and make it a habit. Habits only happen with regularity and action. Do something regarding your goal every day, even if it is just to remind yourself of its importance and the time you’ve scheduled to act on it. For example, I set a goal to pray at midnight. I’ve found that if I do the same thing every single day around the same time, it becomes habit. Once working on your goal becomes a habit, then it’s only a matter of time before you finish.
- Be clear about how procrastination is affecting you. Have you lost opportunities because you procrastinated? Have you lost money and had to pay more or fees or jeopardized your credit because you waited until the last minute? What about your relationships. Has your chronic lateness caused problems with those you care about? If you said yes to most of these questions, your procrastination causing you stress and is a problem. Your response to any problem should be….do something about it!
“In scientific terms, a person’s intention alone is not enough to see anything through–a condition called “preference reversal.” That means that unless an individual has some knowledge of his or her motivational weaknesses and can create a plan to counteract them, those promises of losing weight or writing a novel will fall to the wayside, Steel said.” Steele came up with a mathematical formula to overcome procrastination. Read more: http://news.cnet.com/2100-1008_3-6149636.html#ixzz1ECAsoP9T
I’m Barbara Talley, the poet who speaks and inspires. To find out more about me check out: What Does Barbara Do? or visit my website.