Procrastination is something that can ruin your day, damage your career and negatively impact on your relationships.
Often, we laugh about procrastination as though it were an amusing habit and sometimes it can be.
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t also incredibly destructive.
Imagine it’s 4pm and you have work you desperately need to finish by 5pm but you can’t stop browsing Facebook or making trips to the kitchen for cups of coffee.
What happens? One option is that you end up going home very late and lose out on time with your family.
Another option is that you end up not finishing the work and starting the next day incredibly behind.
Either way, this is a serious problem.
So, what can you do about it? Here are a few tricks that can help.
Start the Most Enjoyable Task First
One effective way to reduce your proneness to procrastination is to take on the easiest/most enjoyable task first.
Our natural inclination is very often to handle the most difficult task first and to that way get it out of the way.
But if you’re struggling with motivation, then this is going to be a big up-hill struggle to get yourself to commit.
Instead, if the first task is something easier and more fun, then you’ll find you can work more easily without being distracted.
And once you’ve done that, you should be in a slightly more work-oriented frame of mind.
Make it More Interesting
Procrastination often comes from one simple fact: the job you should be doing is boring.
Hence you would rather be doing something else.
One simple solution is to make said task more enjoyable or interesting.
This might mean turning letter stuffing into a game.
Or it might mean providing yourself with a little stimulation: I will often write articles while watching videos on silent just to ensure that I have a bit of stimulation.
If you’re writing, then try to make the topic more interesting so that you’ll be less likely to be bored.
If you’re bored writing it, then it’s probably not going to be great to read!
Finally, note that we are much more prone to procrastination when we’re tired.
Why? Because will-power requires energy.
When you take that energy away, it becomes much easier to be distracted or interested with other things.
Give yourself more energy by sleeping better, by eating supplements that boost energy levels and by avoiding stressful events wherever possible.
Top Reasons You Should Definitely Start Meditating
Are you on the fence about meditation? Then let’s make things a little simpler for you: this is something that you absolutely should do.
Meditation is an incredibly useful skill and a form of brain training that can help to fortify your mind and make you more effective in a wide range of situations.
In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the most important reasons you should consider taking up meditation no matter who you are.
It Thickens Your Brain
Believe it or not, meditation can physically change the shape of your brain, making it thicker, stronger and better connected.
Studies show that meditation increases the amount of white matter (cells that support the neurons) as well as cortical thickness in the all-important frontal regions.
This correlates with improved attention, better memory and faster processing speeds.
In short: meditation makes you smarter!
It Helps You Deal With Stress
Meditation is a tool that you can use whenever you need to escape from the rigors of daily life.
This is a ‘place’ you can escape to at any time, that allows you to rise above the various stressors and challenges that you normally face.
At the same time though, meditation also helps you to remain on a more even keel all the time and to keep your mind still and placid.
This is not only an important change for your own wellbeing, but also something that can have profound effect on your ability to perform under pressure.
It Gives You Greater Emotional Control
If you want to come across as someone who is calm, collected and on top of things, then keeping your emotions more even is one of the best ways to do that.
We are instantly drawn to and impressed by people who seem to have their emotions under control and this is something that can help you to perform better in relationships, in your career and more.
If you seem to be constantly in a fluster on the other hand, then you’ll seem volatile, unpredictable and potentially unreliable.
It Provides Mental Discipline
Meditation is the ultimate expression of self-discipline.
This is the ability to sit quietly and not allow any distracting thoughts to derail your attempt to be calm and still.
If you can manage to resist the temptation to think about other things, then in daily life you’ll be able to resist other impulses and other things that are trying to distract you too.