Procrastination is not a problem.
As I have stated many times before, it is just the result of not knowing how to deal with the task ahead.
There are simple ways to beat procrastination.
- Separate yourself from all and any distractions that you might possibly have. That can mean putting your phone into do not disturb mode or putting it away completely.
- Get yourself a cup of tea or coffee or even just water if you prefer that.
Yes. It can seem crazy that those are the steps to beat the problem that is causing our lives to become a huge mess. But trust me, it is as easy as that.
And the most important step out of the 3 above is the last one. Start.
So why is starting in itself is so important?
First of all, we, as humans, tend to underestimate the power of just getting on with the task.
While beginning to do something can seem very bothersome, it is the only and the best way to go about procrastination.
To help me with that, I have two rules that I stick to as much as possible.
- 2 minute rule - if a task takes less than 2 minutes, just do it.
- 5 minute rule - if a task takes longer than 2 minutes, start straight away to work at it for only 5 minutes. If after 5 minutes you don’t feel like doing it anymore, drop it for the time being.
The second rule can seem a little… useless.
How on earth getting ready for an important presentation can be done in 5 minutes? Well, it can’t.
But your brain never knows anything. The only thing it knows that it wants to maintain the status quo of its being. And most of the time, that is resting.
As long as you start, you will be blown away by the number of things you will do and achieve.
Just by starting, having no distractions and most importantly, just focusing on what is in front of you, you can achieve greatness.