3 Tips You Need to Stop Procrastinating
Butler In Suits is always talking about helping you to manage your chores so you have more time to do the things you love.
However, many of us are guilty of wasting our time on social media, watching videos, gaming on other random things. When you’re great at procrastinating, everything can be a distraction and a time-waster. Having time freed from home management to do the things you like sounds great, but is that not just unnecessary splurging? Not if you can make better use of your time.
There are many different tools and tips out there you can use, but it’s easy to get side-tracked and lose focus when you’re applying too many techniques at one go. Be careful not to overwhelm yourself by implementing too many rules at one go.
To Master Procrastinators:
When we give ourselves time before we start work, sometimes we get mentally prepared to actually to do it, but on other times, we start to overthink things or we get distracted by other more engaging things. When we overthink things, we get stressed by how much we have to do or by how daunting a task seems. So we turn to activities that allow us to escape reality and then we start feeling guilty for putting off work and our stress levels increase at the same time. This vicious cycle repeats itself and we’re left feeling guilty, perhaps even self-hatred, and frustrated and upset that we seem to be stuck in the same spot in life.
If you’re one of the individuals that feel that way, accept that you can’t change the past and let’s stop wasting more time on blaming ourselves and regretting things in life.
It’s definitely not as easy as it sounds, but the best way to get out of that self-hating state would be to move on with the things you want or need to do in life. Here are a few important techniques you can use:
Video by Mel Robbins
1. The 5-seconds rule
No, I’m not talking about the food 5-seconds rule. It’s a book/strategy Mel Robbins came up with.
Here’s the shortest way she defines it:
“If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea.”
That means the moment you think of something you should be doing, count down in your head 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and get down to doing it. If you feel like you need to eat healthier, count down from 5 and then get up and go search for healthy groceries you should be buying and then plan your meals. When you get distracted, count down again from 5 and get back to work.
However, if there’s just one thing you must finish (like a show you’re watching) or you can’t concentrate, finish doing it. But, promise yourself that you will get back to doing what you need to after that.
2. Just can’t focus?
Your mind’s wandering and somehow you just can’t stay still. Well then, stop what you’re doing and go out for a walk. A nice stroll by yourself can help you clear your mind and think more rationally.
If something is bothering you and your head is noisy with all the different thoughts you are having, writing a journal can help. This process of writing your thoughts down can help you sort them out, allowing you to understand yourself better and provide some sort of emotional relief as well.
Here’s a great video by study skills Youtuber and author, Thomas Frank
3. Pomodoro Technique
Developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, this tried-and-tested technique is still useful today.
After choosing a task to work on, set a timer for the 25 minutes or any other chosen time interval and take a short 5-minutes break when the timer goes off.
Fun fact: Each work session is a “pomodoro”. This name comes from the Italian word for “tomato” because Francesco used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer as his timer.
After 4 pomodoros, take a longer 20-minutes break.
The beauty in this technique is that you don’t have to follow it exactly. Play around with the timings and see which suits you best. For starters, 25 minutes might seem too long. If that’s the case, you can set each pomodoro session at 15 minutes instead! Afterwards, increase each session by 1 minute when you feel like you can concentrate for longer.
Here are some productivity tools you can use to help you achieve your goals:
- Phone app available on Mac and Android. Set a timer and don’t leave the app within that time or your tree will die!
- Gamify your tasks. Get exp and coins when you finish your tasks and lose health when you fail to complete them!
- Set goals, and pay if you don’t follow them!
As the saying goes, all work and no play make Jack a dull boy. Everyone needs rest and that rest is all the better when it’s hard-earned! Frankly, you don’t need to work 12 hours a day in order to make good use of your time. If you’re a normal working adult who works from 9–5, setting aside just one or even two hours to do something you’ve always wanted to do but have never gotten down to commit can change your life. Be it chasing your dream as a cool hip-hop dancer, drawing, or learning a new language, doing something meaningful can make us feel better about ourselves, more positive and livelier!
No matter what stage of life you’re at, there’s so much potential in you. But first, you have to start.