Wow, it’s already got to week 4 of my ‘You Got This!’ series. I hope that January has been a successful and happy month for you! I think often we put so much pressure on ourselves to turn into a perfect human at the beginning of the year which is just not realistic. I am trying to slowly and mindfully become more aware of weekly goals and how to achieve them more manageably. So, this week I am going to focus on that little devil habit we all want to shift but struggle to – PROCASTINATION!
Ironically I have checked my phone about four times before starting this post. Why is it so hard?! Every day the world gets more distracting. We are fed with so much technology that our brains can’t handle focusing on one thing before searching for the next stimulation. Sometimes it takes me hours to do the simplest of tasks. I will have one email to send or an appointment to book and suddenly I am scrolling through my ‘second cousin’s friend’s sister’s’ holiday photos from last April on Facebook…
I have been discovering a few new ways this week to try and get more productive and procrastinate less.
First – a rule I was introduced to whilst listening to the Gretchen Rubin ‘Happier’ podcast. In her podcast she helps people to lead happier lives with tips and tricks she has discovered over the years. One of these is the ‘one minute rule’. Simply put, you must do any task that takes under one minute as soon as it presents itself. Be it sending a short email, filling in a form, reading a letter and throwing it away, washing a plate, hanging up a coat.. and so on. This will keep all those niggling tasks at bay and create more time for you to focus on bigger tasks. It also stops you becoming overwhelmed and not knowing where to start as you will get all the little things done immediately as they present themselves.
Second – feeling proud and rewarding yourself if you get tasks done. I don’t mean eating a bar of chocolate or watching a whole Netflix series after replying to one email, but if you use a reward scheme sensibly it can motivate you to get more done. Maybe instead of watching that episode of Gilmore Girls (which could lead to 3 or 4 episodes…) before tidying the house, how about rewarding yourself with one episode after you finish tidying. This will add some discipline to getting tasks done and you will feel so productive and fulfilled that you will enjoy the reward so much more.
Third – to tell people about your goals and aspirations. Let your friends and family know about what you want to achieve over the next week, month or year and they are bound to help you stay on track. It’s a great way to keep yourself accountable for your plans as they’re bound to ask you how everything is going. It may just give you that motivation to get things done. You can share tips on achieving goals and spur each other on when things get difficult.
It will be hard to completely stop procrastinating at times but hopefully these tips will help myself and you to be more productive and to keep taking steps forward to achieve all our amazing goals!
Let me know if you have any tips or suggestions of your own!
I wish you a wonderful week ahead!
YOU GOT THIS!