Recently, Aven has been pulling herself up on various household items (the couch and her toys) to stand. She has taken her hands off whatever she was holding onto and stood unassisted for a few seconds. I know these are the first steps toward her learning to walk. I posted the featured photo for this post on Instagram along with the following caption. “You’re learning to stand and find your balance, which is definitely a set of skills you will need as you evolve and enter into the fullness of your divine destiny. Learning to stand, and finding balance always seems to prepare you for your next steps.” Reading it back to myself, I thought about how true that is in life, not just in childhood.
Nike says it best: Just Do It! For many of us though, it is not that easy. It takes a lot more than an upbeat slogan to tackle our list of “to dos” and to take those first few steps toward our goals, or take the last steps toward completing unfinished projects. Sometimes it seems so much easier to put off these projects and tasks to be completed another time. Tomorrow becomes next week, next week becomes next month, and next month becomes next year, or worse, the day never comes … Have you ever wondered how to stop procrastinating? I believe we all have. If you struggle with overcoming procrastination, I hope this will help. I’ve put together this list of steps that are helping me and will hopefully help you move from procrastination to productivity.
Focus requires discipline and discipline requires practice. Develop a routine where you zone in on a specific task and get it done. Start practicing with little things for a small amount of time.
Set your phone to silent and move it away from you. If you must use your phone, there are apps that can limit your ability to open other apps on your phone for a certain period of time. Go into a quiet room. Don’t sit in front of a television if you know it will distract you. Try your best to separate yourself from anything that could take your mind away from the task at hand.
Set a Time Frame
Try setting a particular block of time to dedicate to completing tasks that require your attention.
Write Down your Goals
Make a note or set an alarm in your phone. Getting my goals out of my head and on to paper in the form of a task or “to do” list is usually my first step toward accomplishment. Writing goals and tasks down is honestly one of the key pieces of advice I would give anyone on how to stop procrastinating.
Post your goal to your social media channels. Sometimes it helps when other people are expecting you to complete a goal and may give you an extra push.
Get an Accountability Partner
Like social media, other people have a way of inspiring us. Their presence and/or gentle nudging, can be just the push toward our goals that we need. Share your goal with a trusted friend whom you know will check in on you and stand with you in completing your goal. Make sure they will help to hold you accountable.
Weigh the Importance
Consider how important your goal is to you or people who depend on you. Consider also, what happens if it doesn’t get done.
Initiate an Action
Start somewhere. This really should be one of the first steps to overcoming procrastination. Sit down, pick up a pencil, or conversely, get up, go outside… Close the door, procrastination is literally putting off a task until later. Force yourself with all your might, to do it now. Right now. I’ll wait……. Promise I’ll be here when you get back.
Prioritize Tasks from Greatest to Least
Get the major tasks completed first. If you have a list of to dos, get the most complex, time consuming, or highest consequence bearing tasks completed first. The easier tasks will seem like a piece of cake after that.
Resist the Urge to Compulsively Check Other Things
If you have to check every notification on your phone, including email, social media, texts, calls, etc. You are likely to experience a great amount of distraction while trying to complete your tasks.
Now that you’ve read some of my tips on how to stop procrastinating, let today be the day that you take your first steps toward overcoming procrastination and achieving your goals. Feel free to share any tips that work for you! Also, check out my post on God’s Timing, here.
The opportunities are endless. If I never try, I will always live with regret, wondering, “what if I had done this back then when I was able to?” Right now I am considering a bountiful new life, where I have the oppprtunity to explore my true potential, make something out of nothing. I have done this before, bringing to life a poem, a piece of art, a song… just last year I brought forth a human. After realizing I had the opportunity to explore my full potential, I did whatever I could to nurture and protect this thought. I bought a planner, I wrote positive attributes about myself on a poster in my bedroom with directional headings such as “I am, I can, I have, I believe”, and notating the corresponding answers to each prompt. I decided to do at least one thing everyday that would bring me closer to creating this thing I have in mind, this life I want to live. I injected positivity into my life by listening to inspiring messages on YouTube from Lisa Nichols, TD Jakes, and Joel Osteen, watching entrepreneurial videos, listening to excerpts of Florence Scovel Schinn’s “The Game of Life and How to Play It”, and by talking to and spending time with people in my life who I love.
I don’t expect this road to be easy, but I am not afraid. I do not fear the challenge, I welcome it.
I want to wake up and see the beauty in the sheets, revel in the alignment and placement of each of my daughter’s features as she sleeps. I want to embrace every creative fiber of my being and really craft a life full of gratitude, and peace, with space enough to discover my true self. Too often, life just blows on by. The days turn to weeks and weeks turn to months…. Noticing daily miracles, beauty in simple things, brings so much quality to our days. What would happen if we looked at our lives the way we observe a beautiful painting in a museum? Appreciating every curve and stroke, seeing mistakes as just a part of the masterpiece, stepping away and coming close to gain differing perspectives…. We are all beautiful creatures and deserve the ability to recognize that beauty within. Give yourself a pat on the back sometimes. Celebrate YOU! Enjoy the work of art that we call life.