Procrastination is an affliction I’ve suffered from many times over the years.
I know, I’m a personal coach. I’m supposed to have licked procrastination long ago. Unfortunately, it is a bit like malaria, you never really get rid of it, but it can be controlled.
The thing about procrastination is that it can sneak up on you without you knowing it until it is too late. This is particularly true if you are an active procrastinator.
We categorise procrastinators into two types, active and passive.
Active procrastinators make themselves very busy doing something else, like tidying up the bookcase, thus avoiding the thing they are procrastinating about, whilst passive procrastinators will find distractions such as watching TV or socialising.
Fortunately, I have personal experience in both, so I know exactly what my clients are going through!
To overcome procrastination takes constant vigilance.
How to Beat Procrastination
Here are a few techniques I use to get procrastination back under control:
- Firstly, recognise what sort of procrastinator you are. Are you an active procrastinator or a passive procrastinator? Greater understanding of your habits will make it easier for you to recognise when you are procrastinating.
- Recognise your distractions and don’t leave yourself open to temptation.
- Chunk your projects down into a smaller ‘to do’ list and make firm deadlines for each task.
- Write it down and put it in your diary. Visualise how you will feel when the task is completed.
- Get regular exercise, stay hydrated and eat well. Good health makes any task easier.
- Start, Do one thing right now to get the process started.
- Make a list of the times you have overcome procrastination and celebrate your wins. The more often you overcome your procrastination, the easier it will be to beat it.
Finally, get a personal coach who can help you get on top of all aspects of your life. (Admission: I am a personal coach.)