Procrastination happens to all of us at some point. We sit and dwell on what we need to get done; we think about it over and over but we fail to get up and take action. When you’re lying there in bed at night and you’re thinking about everything that happened in the day, most of us also think about the few things we didn’t take care of. For me, it’s writing. I procrastinate when it comes to just sitting down at the computer and writing. There are a million articles I’d like to write, but I hesitate for reasons such as knowing there will be criticism and the time and effort it takes to put my fingers into motion on the keyboard.
Even the most simple tasks we procrastinate on. Many of us will find other things to do instead of what actually needs to get done because we come up with ridiculous excuses as to why we should do something else instead of what actually needs to get done.
No matter what it is that you are procrastinating on, you must remind yourself that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. If your mind is set on going to sleep at 8 PM then that’s most likely what you’re going to do. If you are determined to complete a report or project you’re working on, it doesn’t matter how late you have to stay up because you are determined to get it done.
Your mindset determines a lot of what happens next. Having a strong mindset is not for the unwilling or lazy people who choose to make excuses. When someone believes in a vision, there is nothing that can stand in their way to stop them from seeing that vision comes together.
How to Stop Procrastinating Today
- Get up and start working on whatever it is that needs to get done
- Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee to help give you energy or calm your nerves
- Make sure you’re getting enough exercise to keep the flow of oxygen to your brain flowing
- Check your to-do list throughout the day and hold yourself accountable
- Do not go to sleep until your tasks are completed
- Reward yourself with a new pair of shoes or a nice dinner on the town for your accomplishment
- Let people know what you’ve done so you can (hopefully) receive positive reinforcement for friends and family
One of the best feelings is completing something you know you need to get done. When the task is finished and you submit your story, report, or whatever it may be, you will feel like a weight has lifted off your shoulder and you can freely move on to the next thing feeling accomplished. If you have any thoughts or comments on this post, please feel free to write them below.
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