How I Minimized Procrastination

One of my biggest problems is getting over .  I like to sit around and focus on Facebook games and YouTube videos before I start a project. As you can guess, it’ll be hours before I even get to the actual project and nothing gets done. This drives me crazy. So what I’ve done was create a system that would help me stop . Well to be honest, everything I’ve done to stop only made me relapse and procrastinate more.

So instead I focused on minimizing procrastination and understanding why I procrastinate.  Here’s what I’ve done to minimize this issue.

  • I sat down and understood why I procrastinate. For me it was a of the possible outcome. When it comes to writing, my is that I’d suck. Most of the , however, my is wasting my time and money. I’ve also learned that I might not be fully healthy enough or have enough energy to do what I need to do.  Sometimes I’ll try to write all long without properly eating or sleeping. Lastly, I’ve figured out that sometimes I’m in the wrong location to do what I need to do. I’ll try to write in my house all long without leaving, which rarely works.
  • Now that I have that understanding, it’s a matter of correcting my mistakes.
  • I stopped looking for approve for every thing I do. I was always concerned that people would hate what I do.  So I would stop writing or not publish something until all was good. Also I’m concerned that I could be alienated for what I’ve writing. Well as a writer, that’s going to happen anyways. Though I treasure and value constructive criticism and advice, I will not write or do something for someone’s overall approve or favor towards me. Once I did this, I found a sense of freedom that I can do anything I want when I want. So I do. There’s no fear of what if someone opinion because their opinion isn’t needed for my success.
  • I exercise thirty minutes a day, drink at least 2 liters of water a day, and eat a minimum of two meals a day.  This first change gave me the necessary energy to not only correct the list below, but helped me from burning out and having mental drains every day.
  • Then I created realistic goals. Fifteen blog posts a day is NOT a realistic goal for me. Though my goal is five posts a day, I strive for two daily. However, if I only come up with one post, I’m not going to beat myself up over it.
  • In addition to the above point, I don’t give myself more than I WANT to do. I can work 12 hours a day on any project, but I don’t want to. I only want to work two hours on a project. So I make plans to do two hours of work. Now I’ve solved my problem of wasting my time and money, well at least my time at least.
  • Now for my place of operations, I like to work in places that are similar to what I’m doing. I like to write in public library–ideally before the high school kids get there.  By writing in the library, I can feed off everyone else who are writing and reading.  In the library, there are no distractions like in my house. So to get everything done in a timely manner is simple.
  • Lastly I create a to-do list.  One reason I procrastinate is because I have too many things to do first. Since I don’t know what to do first, I do nothing at all. By prioritizing my day and projects, I find that I get more done at a fast pace. Now I could sit around and play my FB games or sleep, or whatever I want to do.

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