If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably already tried a lot of “how to beat procrastination” tips, with little success. No matter how many times you promise yourself that you won’t do it again, you always end up cramming that project and irritating other people. But then, you probably haven’t ever tried these tips.
TIP# 1: TAKE A BREAK
Yeah, you read that right. And don’t just take a break, take lots of breaks. Regularly. There’s no point in punishing yourself by working non-stop on something boring or unpleasant.
Take a 15 minute break every hour. Step away from your desk, grab a snack, get some fresh air, tease your dog, kiss your wife. You’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll feel (and how much more productive you’ll be) when you have that 15 minutes to look forward to regularly.
TIP# 2: CRAM IT
If the idea of doing that thing you’ve been putting off doing for 45 minutes straight still doesn’t appeal to you, try Merlin Mann’s dash strategy. A dash is when you focus intensely on only one activity for a very short period of time. When the time runs out, you stop. Completely.
Say junk’s been piling up in your room. You know you have to do something about it, but you just can’t work up the energy.
So give yourself 5 minutes. Set an alarm on your cellphone or kitchen timer that will ring after exactly 5 minutes. Then, start cleaning up your room. When the alarm rings, stop, and get back to your procrastinating.
Is this advice starting to sound fishy? Well, don’t knock it til you’ve tried it. You may not have accomplished much in that 5 minutes, but you did get started. And as anyone who’s ever successfully beaten procrastination knows, getting started is always the hardest part. It gets a lot easier after that.
And if, after that 5 minutes of frenzied rearranging, you’ve found you don’t want to stop cleaning your room, by all means, go for it.
TIP# 3: IF ALL ELSE FAILS
Of course, you could be one of those rare people who believe that you do your best work when you’re cramming. Maybe you’re the type who can only be motivated by the realization that the deadline is tomorrow, or a few hours from now, or right now.
So why not simply embrace your inner slacker? After all, everyone has a different way of doing things. Why should procrastination be reviled as the most evil scourge on productivity known to mankind? Procrastinators get the job done eventually, don’t they?
If this is how you think, perhaps you should consider buying yourself this t-shirt for Christmas. It’s a great way to tell the whole world just how unique and promising you are. It’s also a fantastic early warning device for those people who are unfortunate enough to have to work with you.
TIP# 4: BUT IF YOU REALLY NEED TO GET IT DONE
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