If you are not careful procrastination can waste hours of your time every day. Technically a one-hour task could take you several hours if you procrastinate. When pertaining to academics, procrastination turns into cramming when it’s time to study for an exam. We all should know that this type of studying reduces the chance of you retaining the information for any amount of time. If you find yourself procrastinating repeatedly you may want to take to heart this vital information I am about to share with you.
There are several rules of thumb that I followed when I was confronting my procrastination issues. Here are a few of them that seemed to work for me and hopefully they will work for you to.
1. If you are feeling sluggish and you feel that this is contributing to you procrastinating, you may want to redirect your focus to sleeping better. Sleep is the brain’s way of healing and refueling. Just like when you are hungry, it is hard to focus. With good sleep you will be able to retain information much better. Good sleep is vital to optimum health. Keep in mind that a good night’s sleep helps you in every area of your life.
2. Did you know that eating a good meal can make all the difference in the world when it is tied to procrastination. A good meal is important when you need to concentrate and focus on vigorous tasks. We all have been told many times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A healthy breakfast is one of the best meals you can give yourself to help focus on concentrating in the morning or the afternoon.
3. If you take action right away you will find that your life becomes much easier and less stressful. Focusing is much more difficult when you are stressed. By take action right away, will make you stand out from the crowd. You will become the go to person to get things done. You will also notice that you get more accomplished in a shorter period than you ever have in your entire life.
4. When I was confronting my procrastination habit I would partner up with people that weren’t procrastinators. It is hard to self-motivate yourself when you are the only one responsible for any particular task. With a partner that is a not a procrastinator it puts you in a dilemma to take action or look like a washout. Having a partner helps motivate you to keep your commitments rather than put them off until a later time.
5. You may want to set a timeline for completion for whatever tasks you want to complete. This forces you to be accountable for the task to be completed by that set time-line. By setting time-lines for yourself, you reserve spots throughout your day to complete those pre-selected tasks.
6. Unrealistic goals prove to cause more procrastination, because in your subconscious you know that you can’t accomplish them. You may want to break down your goals into smaller parts and finish each section on a set time-line.
These are rules that I continuously apply to my everyday life that truly work. The trick to all of this is to implement all of these rules into your life and see them through to completion.
So many of us procrastinate every day. I wrote a book for anyone that wants to understand why they procrastinate and put things off. You can pick up a copy “Eluding The Toxic Enemy Within” at http://www.drmarkhuddleston.com or just drop by to say hello.
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