Sunday, March 2, 2014

Overcoming Procrastination

In my last post, I discussed how we need to have almost a violent attitude toward procrastination because it can rob you of critical progress. Lets dive a little deeper and come up with some practical steps in actually overcoming procrastination.
1) Create a Powerful "Why"
You should write down in a notebook all of the reasons "why" you will benefit from taking a necessary action. Studies have shown that we tend to believe what is written down as oppose to just keeping it in our heads. Also, your "why" factors will act as the fuel of your desire to accomplish your goals and not let them linger.
2) Keep your "Why" Factors Fresh
You should carry your "why" factors around in your pocket and review them everyday, the same way I have advised to review your goals everyday. This will put both your conscious and subconscious mind to work, leading you toward your desired end result. Your brain is a powerful computer that tends to process solutions to problems even as you work on something else (and even while you sleep).
3) Be Accountable
Tell someone that you respect what you are working on and have them check in on you every now and then to see if you are on course or slipping back into laziness. I have found that just informing someone that I admire about my projects gives me a passionate incentive to complete it because I want them to think highly of me.

These are just a few ways in which you can overcome procrastination. There are many more that I have in the back pocket, for now use two or three of these and see how they work for you.

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