Start Your Day with a Schedule
Scheduling is crucial as vagueness opens the door to the sorts of fears, doubts and distractions that may lead to procrastination.
Ideally, you’ll know how to produce a manageable schedule that focusses on the most important tasks that need completing, not the easiest!. If not, at least come up with a easy schedule that states specifically what you're going to be doing or working on each hour of the day. Attempt to produce your schedule the night before so that the act of scheduling itself doesn't itself become a sort of procrastination.
The Boy Scouts got this one right. Start your day with all the data, tools, and materials required to achieve your work right out there in front of you.
That signifies everything: books, paper files, PC files, phone numbers, writing implements, even paper clips. It ought to all be available, organized and in perfect working order. (Mobile phone charged? Pencils sharpened?)
Note: If, despite repeated tries, you're unable to show up for work scheduled and prepared, that might be a sign that you've a high level of dread that's causing you to procrastinate.
Approach Your Work Without Hesitation
Show up to work on time, and get right to work on the right stuff
While practicing those actions, attempt not to hesitate. Hesitation gives your thoughts time to wander, and if you’ve got a procrastination habit, they'll frequently wander directly towards your dreads. (Now you comprehend the meaning of the proverb “he who hesitates is lost.”)
Rehearse gliding over to your desk and beginning your work with no hesitation.
Strong emotions, ricochet you off your course. They likewise make it harder for you to stay centered on the present. Work, therefore, to stay calm as the clock ticks towards your start time. If you catch yourself feeling dread, anxiety or uncertainty, gently reassure yourself. (E.g., “I’m just going to write for 10 minutes – that’s all. Then I may take a break.”)
If necessary, put yourself in a little “trance” simply long enough for you to glide over to your desk and begin working, as our dreads are frequently strongest before we actually begin our work and disappear if we just persist for a couple of minutes.
Don’t Make Your Work Harder Than It Is
Don’t fall into the trap of presuming that procrastination is inevitable. Popular culture likes to portray the act of production as a sort of epic battle because it makes great drama, but that’s the inappropriate model to follow. Rather, you ought to approach your work with a light touch, and the experience ought to be like play: simple, safe and fun.
If your project appears scarily huge or crucial, attempt breaking it down into small no, tiny chunks and working on those one at a time, while brushing off, for the time being, the big picture. This sounds like petty advice, but it’s essential, and many successful ambitious dreamers have learned to do this mechanically. (And don’t forget to have fun!)
Frequently, all the same, when our work isn’t fun, it’s because we’re fearful or panicked, either about the work itself or something else in our life. As you now know, attempting to work past that dread is frequently futile, particularly if the effort is accompanied by self-criticism. Our only true course is to bravely face down and explore our dreads, and the conditions surrounding them.