Procrastination can be addictive.
All of us love to think of scenarios where all our goals are reached, all our
plans see the light of the day, and all our efforts meet their rewards. For
this reason, even the best of minds can fall victim to procrastination.
Unfortunately, as delightful as
it is to visualize alternate realities in our head, it serves no purpose whatsoever.
Instead, as I can tell from experience, procrastination is one of the surest
ways to kill your productivity and arrest your personal and professional
For this reason, I’ve come up
with these () tips and tricks using which I’ve been able to avoid
procrastination. Hope they turn out to be as beneficial for you as they did for
#1: Surround yourself with people who are doers
Rather than spending the entire
day sitting in front of the portable photo booth
thinking ‘what could have been’ or ‘what could still happen’, surrounding
yourself with people who are doers will inspire you to take the first step
towards achieving your goals.
For this reason, identify those
people in your office, your family, and your friend circle who are the hard
workers and the go-getters. Once you’ve pinpointed them, start spending time
with those people and see your procrastinating habit become a part of history.
#2: Announce your goals
Tell all your co-workers, family
members, friends, and acquaintances about the projects you’re currently busy
on. Make them aware of the goal post you’ve set for yourself in life. Communicate
what you plan to achieve in your life with them.
Provided you do that, you’ll get
two benefits. First, since you’ll be aware that others know what your plans
are, you’ll keep yourself accountable to the same. Secondly, when these people ask
you about the progress of those projects, you’ll be motivated to achieve your
goals. Both these benefits will leave no time for you to procrastinate.
#3: Make a ‘To-Do’ list every night
Before you go to bed, make a
to-do list of the things you’re planning to do tomorrow. Are you planning to take
a photo booth for rent
for your office’s annual function? Is there an email that needs your urgent
attention first thing in the morning?
All those things that you’ve been
delaying or have put on hold for the past few days should be included in that
list. Make sure the list accompanies you to the office in the morning. That
way, you’d know that you’ve already planned how your day will pan out. That
realization, in turn, will get you out of the ‘thinking’ phase and nudge you
towards the ‘doing’ one.
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